Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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


Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18