Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18