Saturday, November 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Will Florida legislators be out to outgun Georgia?


Re: Trigger Happy (tbt* cover story, March 31)

With the passage of Georgia's new "guns everywhere" law, it seems Florida has fallen behind with less guns and gun rights than Georgia. Not to worry, the NRA and their Republican legislative supports are working right now in Tallahassee to catch up with Georgia. The NRA is working hard to catch up. This legislative session, we will see a desperately needed expansion of Stand Your Ground law allowing the firing of a warning shot or exhibiting a gun and new gun rights for kids allowing gun play with toy guns at school activities.

More gun rights bills to protect gun owners from unwarranted increases in home insurance for keeping guns in the home and more restriction on how police deal with gun owners to prevent their gun rights from being violated.

This year, like all years, the NRA and Republicans can dig into their bottomless pit and come up more protection for the man with the gun. The rest of us can just hope we don't get caught in the crossfire.

Arthur C. Hayhoe, Executive Director

FloridaCoalition to Stop Gun Violence, Inc.


I am very confused about your front page cover this morning.

The cover had someone holding a gun with the headline 'Trigger Happy.'

I read further and discovered that this has to do with a bill (unsigned by the governor of Georgia) that was passed in Georgia. The last time I checked your paper is distributed in Florida. We have not been annexed by any people from Georgia, have we? Georgians aren't on the Florida border about to invade with all of their guns, are they?

Is the state legislature in Tallahassee about to pass a similar bill in Florida? Has any such bill been introduced in the Legislature? No?

It seems those who wrote this headline do not realize that they are in Florida, not Georgia. It is understandable to only those in the state of confusion would get state legislation from one state and attempt to make it newsworthy in another.

Does this mean that since Georgia has a state income tax that you should report that as well?

Samuel Catalino, Wesley Chapel

Email [email protected] with your full name and city of residence.


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

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17