Sunday, April 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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Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18