Saturday, November 18, 2017
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: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17