Thursday, February 22, 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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Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

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