Monday, February 19, 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


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

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18