Thursday, November 23, 2017
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: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17