Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Snooping Clearwater police officer gets a break others don't

Re: Prying officer should lose job | editorial, May 21

Snooping officer gets break others don't

The fact of the matter is, if a teller at your local branch bank used the bank's database for personal curiosity, he or she would be let go without fanfare.

If a medical person at the hospital used the hospital's database for personal snooping, he or she would be without a job, and rightly so.

However, a Clearwater police officer, a lieutenant, no less, uses the secure statewide database to feed his "curiosity" problem, and he gets to keep his job. Makes a person wonder just how devious a police officer has to be before he or she gets shown the door for lack of judgment, low moral character, stalking and other assorted personal issues.

The Tampa Bay Times is correct in its assessment of the poor example Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway is displaying to the community with his handling of this problem. Whatever happened to "Serve and Protect"?

R. Padgett, Clearwater

Let punishment fit the gun crime

Many citizens believe that lowering gun crimes and violence may be better accomplished by imposing harsh mandatory jail sentences that cannot be plea-bargained away on those committing crimes with a firearm.

New laws governing the ownership and use of firearms that are ignored by criminals and those not licensed to carry firearms seem to punish only law-abiding citizens.

I plan to track the case of a felon recently arrested in Tarpon Springs who allegedly stole a .38 revolver from a Jeep SUV and used it to rob a convenience store. He is now facing charges of armed burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and robbery with a deadly weapon.

What sort of punishment will this repeat offender receive as a deterrent to those planning to use a firearm in the future commission of a crime? More than likely, a good attorney, lenient judge or forgiving jury will allow this 22-year-old repeat offender to be out in a few years to pick up where he left off.

H.A. Smith, Palm Harbor

Re: Don't expect these old birds to tweet, Sheila Stoll column | LifeTimes, May 22

Seniors should try technology

We of the mature generation (I am 80 years old) are not all necessarily devoid of newer cultural practices. I use my cell phone to take pictures and to text messages. I use my Google Chromebook to keep up with Facebook and to tweet as the need arises. I am using my Dell laptop to write this comment.

It amazes me that so many of my generation defy the newer innovations of communication and prefer to stay ignorant of them. But actually there are those of us who do use and enjoy the digital age.

I have a Wi-Fi DVD player. I do not have to tune my TV to the mostly garbage TV shows that are produced today. I can watch videos from the U.K. that are far superior to our TV and really enjoy them.

Those old codgers don't know what they are missing.

Shirley Prather, Dunedin

Group enjoys students' cooking

A group of us seniors of Pointe Alexis would like to express our gratitude to the youth of Jacobson Culinary Academy for their good taste and hospitality.

Choosing to have lunch at a different place, we made reservations for a group of 20 of us. After a month's wait, we were welcomed to the Culinary Academy, affiliated with Tarpon Springs High School.

Energetic students immediately tempted us with baskets of sliced sourdough bread. We asked for seconds.

This was followed by potato soup heavily flavored by garlic and other ingredients, enabling lowly potato soup to qualify as super soup.

For the entree, most of us chose shepherd's pie. The menu concluded with a delicacy served in juice glasses modeled after milk bottles of yesteryear.

For those of us who graduated from high school 50 or more years ago, the trip to Tarpon Springs High was a good experience.

Along with good taste, it helped students familiarize themselves with a possible career in food service while adding to their home kitchen know-how.

Charles A. Adams, Tarpon Springs


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Updated: 10 hours ago

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Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

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

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Published: 12/08/17

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

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Published: 12/07/17

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

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Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

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Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

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Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

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Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

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Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

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Published: 12/01/17