Tuesday, February 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

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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Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18