Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Don't ignore the good Christian groups do

In God's Name | Oct. 28

Don't ignore good that groups do

It is disappointing when the Tampa Bay Times chooses to focus on niche "Christian" groups that function outside the normal Christian ideology. It makes one wonder if this is a not-so-subtle attempt to help bring down Amendment 8. There are many Christian organizations in the Tampa Bay area that help those in need: groups working with the homeless, needy children, women who suffer domestic violence, drug abusers and others.

Metropolitan Ministries provides Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds during the holidays. They also provide food, emergency shelters and funds for electric bills all year. Someone Cares Tampa Bay reaches to the destitute, both physical and spiritual. Touched by an Angel provides a transition for those who need a lift.

Many of the churches that dot the area also provide meals, child care, and a multitude of other services for those in need. People who approach these churches find compassion, love, kindness and understanding. Even if Amendment 8 goes down in flames, it will not change the quality and desire these churches and Christian groups have to serve people as God commanded.

Bob Albury, St. Petersburg

In God's Name | Oct. 28

Shameful hypocrisy

As an atheist/humanist I doubt that I would ever receive much support in creating a program to help young students in Florida. After all, I would promote the teaching of how to lead ethical lives that aspire to the greater good of society without evoking any religious dogma. Since the term "Christian" "god" or "religion" would not be a part of my curriculum, the backlash would be too much to endure. However, if I place these three words anywhere in my school's mission, I would receive state permission to treat my students any way I wish with no fear of retribution.

I am not sure what is the worst part of this tragedy. Is it that these schools were allowed to exist at all, or is that, after investigations of the alleged abuse, nothing was done to save these children? I hope I will never get used to the shameful hypocrisy of Florida politics.

John Gee, St. Petersburg

Campaign 2012

How can we believe him?

Mitt Romney continues to run an ad that lies about Jeep sending its jobs to China. He proudly proclaims that he approves this message. PolitiFact has labeled that message "Pants on Fire!" Chrysler and GM management have denounced the ad as completely untrue and have issued statements to calm the workers.

If Romney is willing to lie without any hesitancy, and continues to "approve this message," why should we believe anything that he says?

Gary Gibbons, Tampa

The world won't stop

On Tuesday, we will vote for whomever we think will do the least harm the next four years. On Wednesday, no matter who won or lost, the world will go on. And in four more years, we will still have a national debt that cannot or will not be paid off.

We have had a national debt since Andrew Jackson. Both parties have had the opportunity to do something about it, but haven't. They have borrowed from anyplace they possibly can. Neither party will even think about raising taxes. Both parties will blame the other for not working with them, and the merry-go-round will still go around.

In my many years (76), I have found there are two things that don't work in this country: our welfare system and trickle-down economics. I have never been on welfare and the trickle-down never got to me.

Weldon L. Comerford, Seminole

RNC to cost taxpayers $28,000 | Nov. 2

City got a great deal

I can't claim that I wasn't extremely upset about the $580,000 Republican National Convention estimate at first, but I reserved my opinions until I found out what our final costs would be after reimbursement. This independent voter, and taxpayer, wants to know why it's still going to cost us $28,000, but I will gladly pay my portion of that amount for St. Petersburg's gain of $500,000 in police equipment and training alone, not to mention the "sprucing up" throughout the county and the incalculable amount of tourist and advertising revenue the city continues to receive. Kudos to you Mayor Bill Foster for making such a great deal.

David Hoover, St. Petersburg

Hurricane Sandy

National fund needed

It's difficult to talk about monetary costs after a disaster in which people lost their lives, homes and jobs. But as someone trying to convince others to take research on alternate energy seriously, I need to focus on the multibillion-dollar price tag created by this latest weather catastrophe.

While no single weather event can be directly linked to our warming planet, all legitimate climate scientists agree that in the future such costly events are bound to increase, if not in frequency, then in raw power. As some have observed, we'll soon be having one of these hundred-year events every couple of years. We can only hope Congress will finally understand that a national catastrophe fund is necessary.

The price of converting to an electro-hydrogen economy should be compared to the cost of recovering from these events. Electric power taken directly from the sun would replace the costly carbon-oxidizing methods we use today. And cheap solar-based electricity means we can make low-cost hydrogen to power our vehicles and run the electric grid throughout the night.

So when we start talking about spending $20 or $30 billion to fix this year's climate-induced damage, doesn't it make sense to invest a few million to research some of the many alternate energy methodologies? The science is there; all we need is a serious commitment.

John Boyle, Brooksville

Romney and FEMA

If you haven't voted yet, I would encourage you to contemplate the images of disaster in the Northeast and the effective response by FEMA in assisting states and local governments in coping with the massive devastation. The Obama administration had the personnel and systems in place to respond because of an adequately funded and well managed Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Now I would suggest that you envision a major disaster in your area four years from now if Mitt Romney is elected and has a Republican majority in Congress. Romney suggested in a primary debate that emergency management should be returned to the states or the private sector.

Ask yourself: Can I depend on an adequately funded and well managed FEMA if Romney becomes president? Your life may depend on it.

Deette W. Preacher, Tallahassee


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18