Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: How to protect your eyes from the solar eclipse

Total eclipse | Aug. 10

Save your eyes

For the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse, especially in Florida where the sun is blocked only partially (81.4 percent), it is important to wear ISO 12312-2 "solar eclipse glasses" if you look directly at the sun. This is because the pain nerve receptors in your eye have a higher pain threshold for light intensity than that for damage to your retina. Normally, if you look directly at the sun, it is too bright and hurts, and you look away quickly, This happens usually before the light can be focused onto the eye's retina long enough to do permanent damage. But if the sun's intensity is reduced to a lower level, say near 20 percent, there is not enough light intensity to trigger your pain threshold but there is still plenty of light intensity to cause permanent damage to the retina. Special ISA-12312-2 solar eclipse glasses reduce the light by 99.999 percent, and also reduce it in the UV and the infrared (which sunglasses usually do not). Also, do not use solar eclipse glasses in combination with a telescope or binoculars, because the large lens may collect say 10,000 times more light than your small pupil of your eye normally does, thus cancelling out the 99.999 percent reduction of the solar glasses.

The takeaway: Just because the reduced intensity of a partial solar eclipse does not cause you pain to look at the sun does not mean that you are not damaging your retina.

Finally, you can also view the image of the partial eclipse by using a pinhole projection box, or just by standing with your back to the sun, outstretching your two hands crossed, and using your slightly spaced fingers to form a waffle pattern. The shadow of your fingers on the ground will show the "pin hole" image of the sun caused by the small spaces between your fingers.

Dennis Killinger, Temple Terrace

The writer is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics at the University of South Florida.

Ticket request called a quota | Aug. 11

Officers can't do that

As a retired police officer with 30 years of service I speak from experience. The very thought of having to write two tickets per hour is ludicrous. The officer would have to be on the lookout for any minor infraction there is such as a broken taillight, no turn signal, etc. Instead of giving the motorist a warning officers would have write a ticket for any slight violations they observed. I couldn't bring myself to do that.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

Trump escalates threats | Aug. 11

Seek a new deal

Kim Jong Un is not the only personification of the North Korean regime. The generals who advise him remember the ravages of a war 65 years ago for which no peace treaty was signed. Could it be that a comprehensive treaty, offered by President Donald Trump, would assuage North Korea's imagined threat from the United States and set the stage for new diplomatic negotiations? With a new relationship, both nations would be freed from the potential for an avoidable conflict.

Mike Rosenthal, Clearwater


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18