Monday, August 20, 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


Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Published: 08/17/18

Monday’s letters: Why I left the Republican Party

Where is the blue wave of voters? | Aug. 14Why I left the Republican Party I clicked the button. Instantly I was no longer a Republican. I had believed we were experiencing a horrible hiccup in the history of the Grand Old Party. My party had sto...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18