Sunday, June 24, 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

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: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18