Saturday, November 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

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

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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

Medicare

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

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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

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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

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17