Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Email attacks disrupt business

Cyber security

Email attacks disrupt businesses

Why won't our government protect us? Every day we hear about major corporations and governments under cyber attack, with vicious hackers accessing databases and corrupting information files. But what we do not hear about are the constant attacks against individual Americans on a daily basis disrupting our lives and sowing chaos in our homes. I cannot post an ad to sell an item or service without being barraged with hundreds of emails from Nigeria and foreign hubs seeking to defraud me and my business.

Over 95 percent of the responses to my business and personal ads are from people seeking to defraud and rob me. We need to put some serious firewalls around our American information infrastructure so the whole world does not use it as an invasion route to bleed our country dry.

It's time to get serious about Internet crime, and if that means holding responsible those companies that facilitate fraud — such as Gmail and other open-subscription server companies — then we need to do it. We can't stop thieves in Africa, but we can stop their easy and free access to American victims.

Bryan Booth, Tampa

Cloned embryos yield stem cells | May 16

A new, twisted reality

I never thought I would see the day when humans would be created in a laboratory for spare parts. This belonged to the realm of scary science fiction. Now it is reality.

Creating babies in a laboratory for their stem cells is an abomination. For the first time since slavery, people now have price tags. "Lesser" people will be created to serve the "greater" good. Living bodies will be harvested for needed parts.

Woe to a society that assumes the role of God.

Christopher Martinez, St. Petersburg

Doctor's son charged in abortion pill deception | May 16

Murder is murder

A man has been accused of killing an unborn child willfully, deliberately, in a premeditated fashion. The charge is first-degree murder.

The only difference in this case and a legal abortion is that the accused murderer was not the mother. How do we reconcile this inconsistency? The act of murder is murder, no matter who commits the crime.

Charles Watford, Odessa

Council warns: Turn it down May 17

Sound and fury

So a cop can pull you over for blasting your stereo, but can't pull you over for blabbing away on your cellphone as a primary offense, even though that makes you more likely to damage someone else's property, injure them, or kill them.

For all the bold talk about modernizing our economy, and attracting high-value jobs and business investment, we continue to prove that we're just "Floriduh." We're our own worst enemy for blindly electing and re-electing backward, ignorant career politicians who disingenuously justify their actions in the name of defending freedom.

Bud Wills, Tampa

Lens wins city's vote | May 17

Ballot will tell tale

In a move of ineptitude, the City Council voted to send half the amount requested for the next phase of the Lens. Anthony Sullivan says it's all on track, and your paper claims victory. Not so fast. It's still going on the ballot.

That's a horror show for the mayor and City Council, because they know it won't pass. Mayor Bill Foster is all for moving forward in any direction, after trying to push it by the people without a vote. I'm guessing come voting time, he'll have been against it all along.

Hal Batey, St. Petersburg

Hating Breitbart | May 16, Weekend

Out of focus

How ironic that this review in of the movie documenting deceased conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart is less a movie review and simply an opportunity for the reviewer to bash Breitbart and conservatism. Can you not keep your liberal biases even out of a simple movie review?

Steve Persall didn't even review the quality of the movie; he reviewed the political leaning of the movie, which he obviously didn't like. And since when do you permit a reviewer to watch only 40 minutes (his own admission) of a 92-minute movie and deem him qualified to review it? Shameful.

Rick Watson, Palm Harbor

Where dogs don't belong May 16, letter

Dogs in service

The letter writer seems to be misinformed about service dogs. Seeing-eye dogs are in this category but so are countless others. Federal law defines a service dog as one that has been trained to assist a person with a health problem.

Service dogs warn about seizures and heart attacks; warn diabetics when their sugar level is wrong; and help people who have a difficult time balancing while they walk. Hearing-ear dogs warn their deaf person when phones ring, sirens blare, doorbells ring, etc. There are many other services these dogs provide, and not all of the conditions the dogs are needed for are plainly visible to onlookers.

Diane Browning, New Port Richey


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18