Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Column's cheap shot at abortion foes

Who speaks for the voiceless? | March 20, commentary

A cheap shot at abortion foes

How sad that Leonard Pitts uses his very valid comments in defense of abused children to take a cheap shot at prolifers, the very people who are trying to sensitize their fellow citizens about the tragedy of abusing and killing children whether born or unborn. To single out prolifers for special " indictment" is the height of irony.

In fact, a case might be made that it is the abortion tragedy in this country that has nurtured the climate of insensitivity to and cheapening of human life evidenced by the inhumane actions of the abusers. If it is acceptable to abuse and kill children in the womb, why not after birth?

It would be interesting to know whether Pitts would support the currently proposed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks of gestation, when the unborn child can feel pain.

Norman Dusseault, St. Petersburg

Who speaks for the voiceless? March 20, commentary

Step up and be a guardian

To Leonard Pitts: I speak for the voiceless. I speak for the child. I am a Guardian ad Litem as are many of my fellow citizens. However, there are not enough of us to keep up with the number of children coming into the system. What happened to these 477 children is a tragedy.

I challenge our lawmakers to find the funds to help save these children. I am not defending DCF, however in my county I see the tremendous caseloads these workers handle. We need more guardians to take up the challenge. Let's stop waiting for someone else to speak for the voiceless and get involved.

Peg Donovan, Spring Hill


Home care funding cut

Seniors across Florida rely on the Medicare home health benefit to receive clinically advanced, cost-effective and patient-preferred care at home.

Despite the many benefits of home health, the Obama administration imposed deep cuts of 14 percent on the Medicare home health benefit on Jan. 1, which data show will have devastating consequences on our state's Medicare beneficiaries, small businesses and jobs.

Recent analyses demonstrate that every state — including Florida — will experience job loss and business closures due to the Medicare home health cut. As a result, the Medicare program's most vulnerable patients could lose access to quality, skilled home health care.

Nationally, the home health community lost 3,800 jobs just last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest cut seen in home health in more than a decade. I fear that unless this cut is corrected, thousands of additional jobs will be lost.

I urge our lawmakers in Congress to recognize the devastating effect this cut is having on seniors and jobs across our country, and work together to advance much-needed relief to the Medicare program's frailest patients and home health care professionals. We need their help to save home health.

Rebecca Donovan, Tampa

The audacity of courage | March 20, Weekend

Sanderling's shortfall

This interview gives the impression that Stefan Sanderling left the Florida Orchestra because it failed to be "relevant" in trying to be "popular." A survey of the orchestra's programming during his tenure will, however, reveal a marked dearth of contemporary, especially American, music. While not xenophobic, I urge the orchestra to replace him with a younger (and, yes, American) conductor, e.g., Joshua Weilerstein or Tito Munoz, who have led inspired performances, as did Sanderling, a very fine conductor and mediocre programmer.

Edward Strickland, Palm Harbor

Pomp and circumstance

This maestro's baton signals a beat of pedantry, pomposity and pretension. If the Florida Orchestra had followed his "avant-garde" course, the Mahaffey Theater would be empty.

Mike Walker, St. Petersburg

Bad science at voucher schools March 20, commentary

Torch of reason

As a retired science teacher I am very pleased that Brandon Haught is keeping the torch of reason alive to shed light on what creationists have cobbled together as a "science curriculum" in some voucher schools. For religious conservatives to disregard the evidence produced by scholars and researchers in the form of fossil collections, results of carbon dating, millions of pages of data and man-hours of study — all of which is subject to review and verification — strikes me as 16th century thinking. If we have separation of church and state, why are we paying them public money for this "non"science?

Tom Reid, Seminole

General spared prison | March 21

Verdict's terrible message

The verdict in the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair gives a green light for people with money, power and rank to enjoy "unrequested sexual relationships." Once again the U.S. system shows that it isn't the crime committed, but rather who commits the crime that determines the punishment.

Caroline York Mortell, St. Petersburg

Capital remembrance | March 20

Visionary work undone

With the death of former Gov. Reubin Askew, Florida lost another leader in the state's growth management history.

Askew was a visionary who marshaled community leaders and growth management experts to address what he considered a major, emerging problem for Florida. He foresaw Florida's population growth placing extreme pressure on the environment, especially water resources. He knew that growth must be planned and managed in harmony with Florida's sensitive environment.

It is unfortunate that all the work that was done to protect Florida's environment over the last 40 years is being systematically dismantled by Gov. Rick Scott.

Bill Sullivan, Seffner


Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18