Sunday, June 24, 2018
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


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18