Friday, November 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Fight hunger, malnutrition at home


Sweet deal, but not for consumers | June 19, editorial

Hunger and malnutrition at home

We have an undeveloped nation living among us in the United States. And we're treating them worse than we treat foreign undeveloped nations.

We know that hunger and malnutrition stunt the growth of children worldwide. If they don't get adequate nutrition in their first 1,000 days, from conception to age 2, people grow up stunted in their bodies and their brains. This leaves them less likely to learn and become self-sustaining. They remain a problem to our community.

The recession has pushed many people into hunger danger, people who once were self-supporting.

With our foreign aid, we know it helps us to assist people in developing nations to become self-sufficient. It permits them to lift themselves from poverty and makes them good world citizens, not terrorists.

But in our own country, we are cutting SNAP (food stamps). This is a mistake. It's bad for the people who are getting their food cut (fetuses, children, adults) and it's bad for the people who are doing the cutting since it contributes to problems in our communities and goes against the high principles we say we live by.

Ken Schatz, Tampa

Deal near on border security | June 20

Reform promises unkept

Promises, promises. In 1986 we were told that we would secure the border and grant amnesty to approximately 1.5 million aliens. Closing the border would solve the problem. Seems to me that today we have the same problem, except we are now dealing with an estimated 11 million people.

In my view, we cannot successfully address the problem until the border is in our absolute control, and no action on illegal immigration be considered until then. Legalizing millions of people who have already broken our laws is no answer.

While I agree that we should demonstrate compassion for those who were brought here by their parents, I fear that if we fail to address the massive costs associated with amnesty in any form, and the competition for job opportunities that are already scarce, we will be inviting the establishment of a welfare community beyond our means. If we do not close the border, the carrot we are waving will serve to bring millions more to our door.

How can Congress promise enforcement when they have been so inept in the recent past? We desperately need to seal our borders and deal only with those illegal immigrants already here until we resume control.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Fed plans stimulus cuts | June 20

Stop meddling in markets

The Fed's policy of quantitative easing caused the stock market to rise dramatically. Now the Fed has announced its intention to end QE by next year. Result? The market crashes. Won't they ever learn that interfering with the free market brings disastrous results? And who gets hurt? The small investor.

Who is the real culprit in this? Naturally, the government.

Henry Loscher, Palm Harbor

Attorneys select six women for jury | June 21

Jury system is outdated

How can anyone with a brain claim not to be familiar with the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case? I for one would not want to be judged by a group of uninformed, oblivious individuals. These are not my peers.

When the system was conceived, it was a different time. No phones, Internet, TV, or social media. People could live their entire lives and never venture more than 25 miles from their home. You could live in another town and have no idea what was going on somewhere else.

This is the 21st century. Things are different and will continue to change at an ever faster pace. I would prefer to be judged by a tribunal of learned judges who know the law and would not be swayed by emotions or stunted knowledge.

Tony Abbate, Valrico

Lies thrown into battle against women's rights | June 21, commentary

A simple truth

Connie Schultz mischaracterizes the abortion issue. It is indeed unfortunate that Republicans have out of necessity been forced to fight abortion on any front in an attempt to limit it. No doubt these kind of skirmishes lend themselves to much misinformation that leverage the kind of mockery displayed in Schultz's article.

However, at the heart of the abortion issue is this simple truth — life begins at conception. Therefore, abortion is murder.

To willfully mischaracterize abortion as "women's rights" is a violation of truth with far graver consequences than those stemming from the actions of the Republican legislators she is attacking.

Randy Livingston, Clearwater

War in Syria splits G-8 | June 18

Plunging into sectarian war

I would like to know exactly who it is that President Barack Obama would like to assist, and I would also like to know how long he thinks the recipient of that aid will able to keep the weaponry and ammo he receives.

Washington's decision to arm Syria's Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shiite conflict of the Islamic Middle East.

In years to come, historians will ask how America — after its defeat in Iraq and its humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan scheduled for 2014 — could have so blithely aligned itself with one side in a titanic Islamic struggle stretching back to the 7th century death of the Prophet Mohammed.

John Whelan, Dunedin

Getting booted | June 21

Heartwarming story

What a heartwarming story about a 12-year-old boy shining shoes to make money for a mission trip. I'm sorry Patrick MacGregor had to give up his business at the government center, although I understand the rule.

As someone said, Patrick could be home playing video games. He is trying to make money for a trip to Iowa. I love what he says: "We're going to the cities and knock on doors and have rallies and stuff. I want to show God's love and save people." Praise God for this young person who loves the Lord.

JoAnne Gangel, Weeki Wachee


Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17