Stars, producers share memories of Clark | April 19
A lasting legacy to culture
Thank you for including the quotes from Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson on Dick Clark's crucial role in bringing black music out of the "chitlin' circuit" to mainstream America. In fact, American Bandstand was responsible more than any other show for making rock 'n' roll acceptable to white parents in the 1950s.
In a 1985 interview, Clark said: "I knew at the time that if we didn't make the presentation to the older generation palatable, it could kill it."
Clark left an indelible mark on our popular culture, and his legacy will long endure.
Joseph H. Brown, Tampa
Sanford shooting case shouldn't be sealed April 19, editorial
Speculation runs rampant
The public is already suspicious — not of how the judicial system has handled the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, but of the abhorrent manner in which the media has misinformed and misled the public.
The defense attorney has every right to be concerned about a lack of fairness by the way the media has presented irrelevant pictures, misinformation, gossip, innuendo and pure speculation. The press has pandered to interest groups, hyped the hysteria and is now responsible for the public's rush to judgment.
Continuing this charade of acting like judge and jury, on any scrap of information provided, will only kill public confidence in achieving a fair trial.
The Times editorial is self-serving and self-righteous.
Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill
Rocks in his head | April 20, Daniel Ruth column
Two sides of a coin
What really is the difference between Daniel Ruth and Ted Nugent? One claims to be smart and says dumb things; the other appears less smart and says dumb things. One is real cutesy in his misguided musings; the other more blunt in his. And both are completely predictable.
Thomas West, New Port Richey
No savings from drug tests | April 19
Send the bill to Scott
Once again the voters have been tricked and misled by false claims that welfare recipients are on drugs while the rest of us toil at work.
The tea party and Republican Party members must stop the use of inflammatory untruths as a reason to rule our state and country.
If it's not factual, do not vote for it. Thank you for publishing what the drug tests have actually cost me as a taxpayer. I may send Rick Scott an invoice.
Diane Pearson, Dunedin
Is that really a teacher in ad with Scott? April 19
My first impression of the article on the front page about Gov. Rick Scott and the teacher was that, based on the tone of the article, the woman in the photo would turn out to be an actor.
I felt that the Times showed its bias against Scott in the part of the article on the front page. Many readers would not have turned to page 5 to discover that, yes, she was a teacher.
But what bothers me most is the hidden agenda suggesting that, by definition, all teachers should be expected to disagree with Scott's stance on education.
Sandra Harrington, Tampa
Tuition hike tips balance | April 20
Save for college
Don't we have enough welfare? My father and I paid for my college education, with no state or federal government welfare.
Parents and children need to save for college and stop buying unnecessary things like 60-inch flat-screen TVs, iPods, big cars and big vacations before the kids get to college.
Attilio Corbo, Palm Harbor
Americans use less gas | April 19
Easing off the gas
Republican attack ads blame President Barack Obama for the current high price of gas. And as the article points out, gasoline now accounts for 4 percent of annual consumer spending.
But what the attack ads don't say, and the article does, is that in 1981, under Republican icon Ronald Reagan, gasoline accounted for 6 percent of annual consumer spending.
James Nelson, Largo
Tampa may ask for help on guns | April 20
Squirt gun reality
Mayor Bob Buckhorn is either grossly uninformed or devious, neither of which is a desired trait for a mayor of a city the size of Tampa. He is trying to establish a precedent to chip away at our right to bear arms. He mentions the "absurdity of banning squirt guns" while allowing real ones for concealed carry permit holders.
Maybe he should try telling the whole truth for once. The reason for the ban on squirt guns is to prevent law enforcement from having urine and other bodily fluids sprayed upon them as Occupy Wall Street crazies are prone to do.
Kenneth Schaaf Sr., Sun City Center
Law's backers join panel | April 20
Search for equal justice
In September 2010, Valrico resident Trevor Dooley, a black man, became irritated with a skateboarder riding in a public park across the street from his home. He proceeded across the street to confront the 14-year-old skateboarder. He was armed with a handgun.
Also in the park was David James, a white man, playing basketball with his 8-year-old daughter. A confrontation ensued during which Dooley shot and killed James in front of his daughter.
Was there any reason for Dooley to take a weapon to a public park to confront a 14-year-old? Was he immediately arrested and taken to jail? No. Was he charged with second-degree murder? No. Was there outrage in the media and demonstrations in the community about the senseless killing of this young father? No. Did the governor create a task force to review the "stand your ground" law after this incident? No. Is there equal justice in the Trayvon Martin case? No.
Joe Wareham, Tierra Verde