Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Immigration system needs repair

A partisan Scott veto on licenses | June 6, editorial

Immigration system needs repair

I was appalled to hear of Gov. Rick Scott's veto of HB 235, a bill that would have allowed Dream Act residents to obtain a drivers' licenses. These young people were brought to this country before the age of 16, have no criminal record and have much to contribute to our great state.

Nearly 70 percent of Floridians support immigration reform, and this bill was approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature.

In the absence of a federal comprehensive immigration law, states like Arizona, Alabama and now Florida have dealt with immigration issues in ways that are often oppressive, restrictive and morally reprehensible. Now more than ever, the U.S. House and Senate have the obligation to pass comprehensive immigration reform and ensure that individual states cannot trample on the rights of the people.

I am urging Congress to work quickly and efficiently toward a solution for our broken immigration system. Scott has now made it crystal clear that many here in Florida can't afford to wait much longer.

Karen Coale, St. Petersburg

Tax loopholes

Simplify the tax code

Of late there have been numerous attacks on American businessmen and businesses by various politicians including the president over the issue of "tax loopholes."

It might be useful to remember that every single one of those "loopholes" is contained in that monstrous creature known as the U.S. Tax Code and each was put into place by our national politicians.

If the president and the other sanctimonious pontificators in D.C. are sincere, they could simply simplify the tax code, removing all those "loopholes" that offend them so.

Ray Kelly, Spring Hill

U.S. mines Internet data | June 7

Sheep and wolves

It was not so long ago that the apartheid government of South Africa sought to control its citizens through surveillance and FISA-style laws. The people of the United States marched against South African policies to help force change.

These are now the policies under which U.S. citizens live under. We should remember that a country of sheep breeds a government of wolves.

Mike Connell, Lutz

Recycling can't wait | June 6, editorial

It shouldn't be this hard

I don't know why this area has to make recycling so hard. My daughter lives in a town that has recycling bins in all the major grocery store parking lots. No one has to go out of their way to recycle. The streets are not clogged with lumbering trucks that pick up from only a few houses that subscribe to their services, burning lots of fuel in the process.

People who want to recycle shouldn't have the added expense of paying for a truck to come and pick it up or driving to a recycling center. The little town I moved here from in Wisconsin 15 years ago made recycling easy and fined people who put recyclables in the trash.

Lenore Atkinson, Largo

Medical research

Fund cancer research

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent.

Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, enacted in January, there is hope for those touched by this disease. I would like to thank Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and Tampa Bay area House members for supporting this legislation, which requires the National Cancer Institute to evaluate its current efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on ways to improve outcomes for patients.

Due to sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we have made is now being threatened. Without adequate NCI funding, it will be difficult to leverage the opportunities that develop as a result of the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.

On June 18, I will be joining thousands of advocates across the country for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's National Call-in to Congress to urge them to save medical research that saves lives. This disease has had a devastating impact on my life, but with Congress' help we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed to give hope to future generations.

Cheryl Martin, St. Petersburg

Making Social Security numbers more secure | June 7, commentary

Bipartisan solution

Congratulations to U.S. Reps. Dennis Ross and Kathy Castor for taking positive action to reduce identity theft. Their bipartisan introduction of the Safeguarding Social Security Numbers Act of 2013 demonstrates that when Democrats and Republicans work together, good legislation can be filed.

Identity theft is a serious problem in the Tampa Bay area, Florida and the entire nation. I hope this bill passes.

Tom Anderson, Dunedin

Key to tourism seen in logo | May 31

Messaging falls short

Changing the name from Tampa Bay & Co. to Visit Tampa Bay is on-message. It was a good move and long overdue.

On the other hand, the Unlock Tampa Bay creative approach appears to be preaching to the choir rather than demonstrating a more positive theme. I suggest that words like "explore," "future" and "historic" might be used instead.

In 35 years in the ad business, I learned that the path to designing a creative promotional strategy was actually quite simple: Communicate what you want your prospect to know, feel, believe and do. Unlock Tampa Bay falls short.

H.A. Smith, Palm Harbor


Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18