Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: I do not feel your (seaplane) pain

Re: Boys, toys and a lot of noise (tbt*, March 31)

Did you guys really need to waste two pages of precious newsprint on this garbage? A bunch of rich, self-centered whiners and their ridiculous problems? "Your seaplane's too loud, I can't hear my landscapers!" "Your boat is causing a wake that's ruining my shoreline!" "Hoi polloi, your plane is so low its rattling the ice in my drink"!

I'm sure this is what the majority of your readers sitting at their desks want to read about. Most of us are dealing with real problems like how are we going to put food on the table with the salaries we make from jerks like these.

I'm sure you have rich readers too, but print a separate paper just for them. And charge them for it! I'm sure you can deliver it to their private gated communities via valet sky drone. Just make sure it's not too loud.

Peter Malinchock, Temple Terrace

More guns, less crime

Re: Trigger happy (tbt* cover story March 31)

I find the continual anti-gun hysteria both hilarious and sad. The same warnings of doom accompanied Florida's passage of "shall-issue" concealed carry permit law in 1987. All that has happened since is a decrease in crime rates. This has been reflected around the country. As other states have increased their gun possession, carry, and self-defense rights, crime has decreased.

To continue to publish statements that paint these laws as bad is inaccurate and irresponsible. It would be nice to see the public informed of the truth about the impact of these laws.

In addition, since five states have "constitutional carry" (no permit required), Georgia is certainly not the most "extreme" (if by "extreme" we mean "constitutional"). I hope Florida will soon move to this as well.

Steve Easterling, Lutz

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Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17