Friday, December 15, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Clark's lasting legacy to culture

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

Hidden agenda

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


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17