Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Why teachers need guns

Re: Armed teachers would be a dangerous lesson (Sue Carlton column, tbt* March 14)

While it is not surprising to read Sue Carlton's antigun article on armed teachers, it is surprising how little research she or the media have done on the subject. The popular beliefs that all guns are bad, and that teachers with guns will have some kind of psychotic meltdown and become the shooter themselves, are just not right.

Florida is one of 33 states proposing allowing schools to designate a teacher or administrator to carry a firearm in the event of an emergency. If a teacher or school official has the background, training and desire to carry a gun, then they should be applauded for their willingness to do so. In 1997, assistant Joel Myrick stopped what could had been another tragic school shooting because he met force with force!

If we trust our educators to teach our children, why would we not trust them to protect our children by all means necessary? Mr. & Mrs. Taxpayer don't want to spend the money for school officers, and yet when a school shooting occurs they cry foul. Get real! Either spend the money or give our teachers and administrators the chance to protect our kids. When seconds matter, the cops are a few minutes away.

Daniel Fritz, Tampa

Editor's note: Joel Myrick was the assistant principal at Pearl High School in Pearl, Miss. On Oct. 1, 1997, after 16-year-old Luke Woodham shot and killed two students and wounded seven others, Myrick chased him down and held him at bay with a pistol he kept in his truck in the school parking lot. He forced Woodham to the ground and put his foot on the youth's neck.

Floodgates open

Re: Florida Supreme Court tosses out a medical malpractice cap on damages (tbt* March 14)

Congratulations to the Florida Supreme Court for their decision to reopen the "Florida Medical Lottery" by doing away with caps on "pain and suffering." No one will argue that trying to define how much that is worth is arbitrary at most. What you failed to mention was that actual medical costs are covered and have never been reduced, and that the plaintiffs' attorneys make a percentage, often 30 to 50 percent of awards, thus reducing what the plaintiff actually receives.

This will again open the floodgates for suits to try to win over juries where there were adverse medical outcomes, based on healing and patients' overall health, rather than true medical malpractice. Look for malpractice premiums to rise and surgeons to stop doing high-risk procedures.

David Lubin, MD, Tampa

Avoiding Georgia

Re: Candid Talk (tbt* March 13)

In Georgia, if you are driving the legal limit on a divided highway (breaking no laws) and another driver (breaking the law by speeding) pulls up behind you, you must change lanes or you could get a ticket. And not just a slap on the wrist — up to $1,000 fine and a year in prison. The speeder goes on his/her merry way.

As a professional driver-chauffeur, I am appalled. This is just wrong on so many levels. Remind me not to drive in Georgia until they elect officials with at least a lick of common sense.

Denis Stephen Malfant, Clearwater

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Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18