Saturday, February 24, 2018
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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Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18