Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: St. Petersburg police, schools should work together

Re: Search for new St. Petersburg police chief

Schools, police should unify

Enough! I just watched the second episode of Chicagoland on CNN. In the most crime-ridden areas of Chicago, the police rank and staff work with community leaders, including school principals, to reduce violence and make for an environment that is safe for children to attend local schools. In a union-prone town, they decided to all work together.

Why can't St. Petersburg do the same? Police chiefs and school superintendents have to work hand in hand. Police rank and staff need to be included in school activities, inside and outside the campus. Police, attend prom night, even in high crime neighborhoods! Make the passage of life as high school student and graduation a normal part of life. School personnel, clue police in on at-risk students! You have to take part in the community, too.

Maybe the search for a new police chief should not be bogged down by black versus white personnel and union indignations. Maybe St. Petersburg needs a new police chief from a big city that is willing to overlook these slights. Make it about a better city.

Julie Watts, St. Petersburg

Re: The folly of calling Jolly's win a mandate, Daniel Ruth column, March 16

He won, period

Mr. Ruth's downplaying of the David Jolly victory sounds like sour grapes to me. Alex Sink has sunk and Jolly is the choice made by the voters, no matter the math.

The Affordable Care Act, once proudly known as Obamacare, has been amended, by executive privilege, so often that it no longer resembles what Nancy Pelosi once wanted Congress to pass so that we could find out what was in it. The president has, with his trusty pen, provided so many loopholes that the individual mandate is no longer in effect.

Incumbent Democrats are shying away from their leader because of his doomed master plan. I am waiting for the other shoe to fall, the one that will provide a bailout for the insurance companies at taxpayer costs.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Adds up to mandate

Daniel Ruth's candidate, Alex Sink, was supposed to win. Ruth forgets to mention the Libertarian candidate, Lucas Overby, who received almost 9,000 votes. He was in the race to draw off Republican votes. The Democrats wanted to ensure that their candidate won. Add the two vote totals together and we have a mandate. The liberals will try their best spin to convince the voters Jolly had no mandate, but facts don't lie. This writer is firmly convinced that the Democrats persuaded the Libertarian candidate to run, possibly financing some or all of his campaign.

Robert Noonan, Clearwater

Hollow victories

It is important to note that David Jolly's margin (approximately 3,500 votes) is less than the number of voters who were gerrymandered out of District 13 during the 2012 redistricting, which continued the Republicans' practice — despite our constitutional amendment — of gouging chunks out of progressive parts of Pinellas and tacking them on to Tampa's District 14, across the bay. Each election in decades, including this one, has seen the winner represent less and less of Pinellas County.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

Re: New St. Petersburg pier

Three necessities

This is not hard. This is even better than a no-brainer. You don't need a study group, a lot of surveys, or a panel of expensive consultants. This is just common sense. What do you need to draw people to a destination like the pier? Three drivers: A view, food and drink, and entertainment. And shopping, you say? Nah, that's wasted space. You can do that on the mainland.

Let's take them one at a time. To get a good view you need something at least three or four stories tall. You can then see the beauty of the bay, watch the planes from Albert Whitted, etc. In order to provide good food and drink you need a variety, not just two or three restaurants. Entertainment must be varied and constant — a variety of live music, kids stuff and so on. If one of the three drivers is missing, the result will be failure.

Even if you satisfy the three main drivers to attract the people, the destination will fail if there is not easy access and parking for autos and docking for boats.

The local population will be a significant part of keeping the destination afloat. It must be a place that locals will want to visit many times, not just once in a while or when they have friends visit from out of state.

The pier venue must be self-sustaining. Let's not make the same mistakes again.

Mike Sagese, St. Petersburg


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18