Monday, December 11, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Think before you cut trees, TECO

Utility levels park trees | June 3

Think before you cut trees, TECO

As a longtime visitor to Al Lopez Park, I am devastated by the damage done to the park by Tampa Electric because of "standards" set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

According to the article in the Times, "From Hillsborough Avenue south to W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, oaks, palms and other varieties have been cut off a few inches above ground. The smallest had trunks a little bigger than the fat end of a baseball bat. But more than a few were decades old and much more grand."

Instead of rushing to clear-cut trees with what I consider ridiculously insufficient notice to the public, why not challenge the standards?

TECO could have gained some goodwill with the public by at least providing a facade of concern for saving the trees.

Also, who made the decision to run these massive power lines through the park in the first place? Is there never any foresight in Tampa? They should have been placed (or maybe moved) to the other side of the park, along Dale Mabry Highway, which has no large trees and is ugly already.

Cheryl Borman, Tampa

Bayshore's last days | June 5

Collaborate to offer parking

Bayshore Boulevard is the most visited park in Tampa. Now we learn that the only public parking lot on the Bayshore will be closing immediately.

I propose that the City of Tampa work with area businesses and entities with parking lots to work out a system where visitors to Bayshore could use their lots. There could even be a fee system for regular visitors. The money raised from the fee could be split between the institutions and the city. Easily identifiable and changeable signs in each of the parking lots could indicate when they are available.

City and county taxes go toward the upkeep of Bayshore.

Speaking as a resident of Bayshore Gardens, I say it would be a shame if only those who live nearby are able to enjoy it.

Elizabeth Corwin, Tampa

City focuses on Bro Bowl replica | May 25

Agreement needs to move forward

As an avid skateboarder in my younger days, traversing the gritty streets of Tampa was an exhilarating experience. The on-going battle between diehard skateboarding enthusiasts and the City of Tampa over replacing the skate park at Tampa's Perry Harvey Sr. Park must come to a resolution.

With four positive options offered by the city to resolve the lengthy struggle, and jump start the Encore project, one needs to be chosen so the beautification of a former blighted, yet historic area of downtown Tampa can finally begin to blossom.

Mike Merino, Tampa


Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

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

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

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

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

A preservation problem | Nov. 25, editorialApplication process needs fixingThere is a reason why smaller rather than larger groups of property owners are getting together to seek historic district designation: It is St. Petersburg’s application p...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17