Thursday, November 23, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Andropause connection?


Theater shooting | Jan. 15

Andropause connection?

While this deplorable homicide is investigated, researched, analyzed and reported, is it not an oversight that andropause is never mentioned as a possible cause?

The irritability and mood swings in more than one area of an aging man's life may well be a contributing factor due to decreased testosterone.

If "grumpy old man syndrome" goes untreated, it can possibly lead to angry confrontations, violence and depression.

One wonders whether blood tests to determine testosterone levels might shed some light on the contributing factors of one man's regrettable and horrible actions.

Wendy Tessier, New Port Richey

The next logical step

I went to the movies recently, one day after Curtis Reeves allegedly shot and killed a man at the movie theater for texting and threatening him with popcorn.

The movie theater was about half-full. Most of the patrons were senior citizens. They were a loud crowd, talking through all of the previews.

I was worried for their safety and mine, fearful that one of those among us would be a law-abiding gun owner and take offense at the lack of courtesy from his fellow patrons.

Since I was afraid for my safety, I wondered, if I had a permit to carry a gun, could I just send up a warning shot and tell everyone to pipe down so they didn't get one of us killed? Isn't this the logical next step? Where have we gone as a people, as a country, with this ridiculous, indefensible stance on guns in the hands of every person, every home, every business?

Our country is on the wrong side of this issue and every developed nation with rational gun laws is proof. The Second Amendment was not intended to make us a country of vigilantes. Shame on us.

Ann Leavine, Temple Terrace

A bitter pill | Jan. 14

Obama and war

I disagree with much of Dan O'Shea's op-ed column. I, too, am a veteran with multiple tours in Afghanistan and have seen the evolution of U.S. strategy in that country.

His article uses former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' memoir as political fodder, something Gates complained about in a Jan. 13 interview on the Today Show.

O'Shea cites the Gates memoir in his criticism of President Obama's handling of the Afghan war, but ignores Gates' opinion that President Obama made the right call on Afghanistan in 2009.

President Obama has always been clear in his intention to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end. We are nearing that point, but we will have to wait several years to see if it will be successful or not. In the meantime, I also find Iraq to be a very bitter pill to swallow: as O'Shea says, al-Qaida has returned to Fallujah and Ramadi, but it's important to remember al-Qaida had no presence in Iraq before President Bush invaded the country to remove weapons of mass destruction we found did not exist.

Jeff Williams, Lithia

Kriseman's staff | Jan. 15

Dubious reasoning

The new mayor's staff additions are even more questionable in light of the city's overall budget for this fiscal year and the current economy.

The city's full-time head count is budgeted to increase by only two — from 2,679 to 2,681 — but Kriseman has added an additional eight. Cost-wise, salaries and benefits were budgeted at $239.8 million, a drop of $1.1 million from 2009. The full-year cost of the mayor's additions wipes out the entire reduction. He stated that he will move money from other areas to pay for the additions, but what about next fiscal year, and the years after that?

As I recall, the federal stimulus gave a lot of money to cities and states, much of which was used for jobs — jobs that often went away in year two when the stimulus funds ran dry. Let's not go there.

Peter Ford, St. Petersburg

Peters and Jolly | Jan. 15

Clueless about D.C.

Kathleen Peters' statements related to her reasons not to support the Republican elected by the party shows her total lack of understanding of how Washington works.

The position that David Jolly held under Rep. Bill Young and his knowledge of how the system in the halls of Congress works will allow him to hit the ground running. Peters needs to get on board with the party. Based on her experience, if she had been elected she would be in an "on the job training" role.

Rich Prestera, Treasure Island

Clemency and executions | Jan. 16

Death in the dark

Public defender Howard Dimmig writes, "All information gathered in the clemency investigation is confidential and unavailable for review" even by the inmate and his or her attorney. The clemency board may not hold a hearing at all. Only the governor and two members of the clemency board are required for a decision.

Sounds like some country other than the United States, but no, this is happening right here in Florida.

Thank you to Dimmig for educating us. Florida is reminiscent of countries ruled by dictators! No wonder Florida has increasing numbers of executions while the rest of the country has fewer.

And just how are they executed?

Do we use the same drugs as Ohio just used that may have caused "cruel and unusual punishment'?

Esther Kirk, Riverview


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