Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 1

It's time to rethink the state flag

The current Florida state flag was designed in 1900 after the Civil War. Florida had seceded with other Southern states during the conflict. Prior to 1900, the flag was simply the Florida state seal. The current flag was further modified after 1965. The adoption of the flag is said by many to coincide with the rise of Jim Crow laws and segregation.

States with similar Confederate underpinnings have redesigned their flag to better represent changing populations and public outcry to what the battle flag represents. Florida's flag is described, in some quarters, as the most overtly racist symbol in the nation.

Some argue that the state flag was not connected to the design of the Confederate battle flag. But that is a difficult sell to anyone who sees it flying. It is an imposing flag and one that should be more representative of the state.

Florida and the rest of the nation are multi-ethnic, diversely religious and multiracial. The state is not owned by white Christians or any other group. There are many paths to the creator (for those of religious faith), Christianity being one of them. The Florida state flag is a clear variant of the Confederate battle flag, representing the Jim Crow era and white power. It needs to come down. Florida needs another state flag that is more acceptable to its residents and visitors.

Dr. Marc J. Yacht, Hudson

Free enrichment? Pick up a ukulele

In her Aug. 18 letter, lifelong learner Kathy Young Clark expressed hopes that Pasco-Hernando State College could waive tuition for retirees so that they may take personal enrichment courses. I'd like to suggest another avenue for entertaining stimulation.

The Tampa Bay Ukulele Society has offered free ukulele instruction through a number of libraries in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Now the 1,800-member society has expanded the program to Pasco and Hernando. Ukuleles will be available to check out, and enjoyable and effective instructional workshops will be offered, which guarantee participants will be able to play four songs by the end of the first session.

Programs are being planned for the Hudson, Dade City, Spring Hill and West Hernando libraries. Check with your community public library for further information.

Without hyperbole, I can state that the humble but enduring four-stringed instrument has changed my life. See if you, too, will achieve ukuphoria.

Gail A. Reynolds, Dade City

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Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

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Published: 05/14/18