Monday, January 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Price too high for west river plan

West River plan

Don't overpay for property on river

What a great idea to relocate the city water and wastewater from Rome Avenue and allow more residents to enjoy the riverfront! I'm shocked, however, by the greed of Ronald and Kristie Horton of Tampa Bay Holdings. Don't they realize that they and their fellow tax payers will foot the $400,000 they want above the appraised value of their property? I'm also disappointed in Mayor Bob Buckhorn for proposing that we taxpayers pick up this cost. What about a compromise? What about offering the Hortons 10 percent more than the appraised value plus one of the apartments in the future housing development?

Elizabeth Corwin, Tampa


No bailout for S Howard bars

SoHo Party Bars made City Council duck and run to stop that unneighborly and unlawful loud noise made by them. What takes the cake, the drunkard purveyors are turning our noise problem, caused by them, into their parking problem. SoHo bars want a taxpayer parking lot bailout. Despite waivers these businesses sought and got from City Council. We are not going to bailout the party bars.

We are not Ybor or Channelside. We are a nice, once quiet, and highly taxed neighborhood that City Council and the carpet baggers are trying to profit off of and destroy.

We're watching the next election too. And, if you are anything other than a complete supporter of our nice, once quiet, neighborhood, we will vote you out of SoHo and off council in a South Tampa minute.

Gene Wells, Tampa

TGH kidney team hits 40 | June 22

Transplant gave wife a good life

I read with great interest your article on Tampa General Hospital and their 40-year history of performing kidney transplants. My late wife, Jeanie Barszcz, received her kidney in 1982 and had it until she died in 2000. The irony is that it was a brown recluse spider bite that brought her down. We were married in 1985 and she told me that the kidney transplant gave her back her life. God bless TGH and their transplant teams!

Brandon B. Barszcz, Valrico


Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18