Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Follow science, protect health

You'll get freedom, fast, just no health insurance | March 10, commentary

Follow science, protect health

This column contained a quote from new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: "You need to know that what your doctor is recommending for you is exactly what he or she believes is right for you based upon education and science, not based upon what Washington is telling them he or she must do." I'll agree with that.

This same argument should hold true for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has a lot to do with health and human services if you consider how pollution greatly affects health. Knowledge and science should be the foundation for Scott Pruitt's EPA decisions. He needs to turn to the many scientists who have researched environmental issues for decades. When the air, land and water are polluted, the health of every living creature is compromised.

I hope the current administration does not try to "redefine" health and tell us our health standards should be lowered to compensate for increased pollution.

Ray Dal Lago, Sun City Center

House Bill 19

Bill erodes women's rights

Since Gov. Rick Scott took office, the Florida Legislature has enacted several unnecessary restrictions designed to pressure and punish women and block access to abortion care.

A recent National Partnership for Women & Families study showed that most of the abortion restrictions introduced in the 2016 Legislature were based on lies. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the real reason for these frivolous restrictions is simply to limit access to abortion care and shame women.

HB 19, which needlessly exposes doctors who perform abortions to massive liability and baseless lawsuits, is making its way through the Legislature. HB 19 perpetuates the false claim that many women regret their abortions, despite no evidence to support this erroneous claim. Research shows that 95 percent of women don't regret their abortions.

These efforts to erode reproductive rights have a damaging effect on women's health. Florida politicians should leave private medical decisions to patients, their families and their doctors.

Judy Ramsey, Clearwater

Budget boosts defense | March 17

Mean-spirited cuts

My mother was a founder of Meals on Wheels in the greater East Brunswick, N.J., area. She delivered meals into her 90s. She was no fool. She knew how important not only were the meals but the contact she had with the recipients. She would often be the only one they would have spoken to or seen in days. She delivered in the snow, the rain and the heat of summer.

She knew Meals on Wheels does not only supply needed food but a human sustenance to life. President Donald Trump's intention to cut funding to this program shows a mean-spiritedness and a complete disregard for the needs of many of our U.S. citizens. Funds recouped from forgoing a few trips to Mar-a-Lago would probably be ample for funding this program.

Carol Mickett, St. Petersburg

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Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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: 12 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