Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Why promote criminals' gun-buying freedom?


Freedom reigns in gun law vote | May 5 letter

Protecting freedom only of criminals

Background checks have always and will always be the first line of defense against gun violence, and when the Brady national background check was first introduced, the denial rate in California was 12 percent of applicants trying to purchase guns and 5 to 6 percent in all other states.

Just think of all the freedom lost to all by these prohibited buyers over the years since. Those who claim background checks don't work refuse to acknowledge the success of the Brady bill that has kept guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

The failure of our Congress to pass an upgraded version of Brady, to close loopholes in our current background check system, will, according to letter writer Bill Bunting, create more freedom as everyone, including criminals and mental patients, will not be subjected to this check.

According to polls 90 percent of Americans are eager to be subjected to the minor inconvenience of a background check. According to Bunting's letter, 43 senators who voted against the national background check have their own political agendas. They certainly do, and the number of Republicans in Congress will steadily decline because ignoring your constituents' wishes is a great way lose your seat.

Arthur C. Hayhoe, Wesley Chapel

Two who know 'right thing to do'

It's nice to know there's someone keeping track of a Republican dinner who realizes the damage done by politicians beholden to the NRA. Are there any others of the Republican Party who feel that "It's the right thing to do" to vote for gun control, health insurance for all, raising taxes on the rich? That's just on the national level. On the state level, do any of them feel "It's the right thing to do" to give raises to teachers, to stop lobbyists from controlling our state government, to stop trying to reform education by adding more charter schools?

So far, there are two people on the state level who come to mind, Rep. Mike Fasano and Sen. Jack Latvala. In reading about them and hearing them speak, I feel confident they're trying to do the right thing. But I'm not confident in ethical reform where the ethically challenged are the ones put in charge of the hen house.

Mary Jane Miller, Bayonet Point

Shining knight Rubio's dark side | May 5 letter

Vote was about Constitution

I reject the letter writer's allusion to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party of Pasco as an Arthurian shining knight with a dark side because of his vote against the Domestic Violence Act or his recent vote against gun control.

Rubio's vote against the Domestic Violence Act was a result of a provision within the bill that would grant tribal courts jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against non-Native Americans on tribal lands, a situation that could cause severe constitutional problems. The same could be said about the senator's vote on the bill on gun control.

Whatever the letter writer thinks aside, elected officials are sworn to protect the constitution and should take that oath seriously.

Sandy Graves, Land O' Lakes

An invitation to Rep. Fasano

Here's an invitation to Honorable State Rep. Mike Fasano to come join the Pasco Democratic Party. I speak only for myself as a former Republican turned Democrat.

I know of Mr. Fasano's selfless work you have done over the nearly 20 years I've resided in Pasco County. I share the shame that you must be experiencing after the conclusion of the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature. Shame for the wanton disregard of Republicans who voted against the wellbeing of more than a million Floridians lacking affordable health care insurance. Shame for their turning back on billions of dollars of our tax money we paid to the federal government. Shame for their stand against gun safety legislation favored by 9 out of 10 voters throughout the country. Our shame is heightened by the fact that we share our home county with two of the principal ideological representatives. They are tangled up in their philosophical tea party conservative underwear over any issue that is for the people they are supposed to serve.

Democrats favor government that favors the wellbeing of our fellow Floridians. Please, Mr. Fasano, come join us in our effort to make Florida a better place to live and work.

Joe King, New Port Richey

At polls, consider the person

A May 8 headline reads Schools cut 175 positions. What a joke. The so-called politicians were voted into office to help Florida. Instead, they help their own political agenda. If they are for the people, they should cut their own salaries instead of cutting needed positions.

When you go to the polls, think, if this person is going to help Florida or is the person going to help his or her own political agenda.

Ed Goldstein, Zephyrhills


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