Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Make it a day for giving thanks

Black … Turkey Day | Nov. 13, editorial

Make it a day for giving thanks

Sundays have already been lost as holidays and days for R&R for those who must work. Stop the corporate consuming madness before it is too late: Say no to turning Thanksgiving into Black Friday.

Realize that the workers also need a holiday. Show support for them by refusing to buy from any store on Thanksgiving that advertises it is starting Black Friday early. Keep Thanksgiving as a day for giving thanks.

Frank Fuchs, Brandon

Don't participate

The time has come to put a halt to this ridiculous practice. Black Friday has escalated into a situation where people's lives have become endangered.

Now corporations are, once again, sticking it to the poor working stiff who is just trying to have a nice Thanksgiving meal with the family. But the blame can't be solely with retailers. They are just retailing. It is up to the consumer to refuse to participate in these "events." If no one shows up for the game, it will have to be called and rescheduled.

Stay home with your family this Thanksgiving and be thankful for that opportunity.

Brenda Calabrese, Seminole

Name change, please | Nov. 14, letter

Honor the holiday

If, as one reader suggests, the shopping day after Thanksgiving should not be called Black Friday, may I strongly suggest that Thanksgiving Day not be called "Turkey Day."

It's our country's national day of Thanksgiving for God's providential bounty and care, not a paean of praise for an item on the menu of many households on that day. This national holiday has great significance for U.S. citizens and should not be denigrated by some catchy, stupid title.

John Hayner, Clearwater

Welcome sounds from leaders in Tallahassee | Nov. 15, editorial

Lead or get out of the way

The editorial states that Gov. Rick Scott, Rep. Will Weatherford and Sen. Don Gaetz read the electoral tea leaves. It's about time. The reality is that Scott and the others should not need to read any tea leaves other than those that got them elected in the first place.

Why does a man with such an extensive background in the medical field need to know anything other than there are people in need of medical care? His job as governor is, and has always been, to make that happen. Voter backlash should not be the motivating factor. Valuable time has been lost while people suffered, and these politicians did nothing but get in the way. When is the next election?

Willie J. Day, St. Petersburg

A promise as good as his old Steelers gold Nov. 16

Putting students first

It is amazing in our self-absorbed society that a teacher with a car full of dings doesn't rip off a celebrity for a new paint job, ask him to write a letter for her sister, or ask him to make an appearance at her holiday party.

No, Lori Farmer, a gifted education teacher, thought of her students first, placing their needs above her own. Her story made the news, but she is not an exception. Most teachers put the needs of their students above their own every day.

Jerry Koehler, Tampa

Petraeus scandal

Tabloid fodder

The Petraeus affair with its various supporting cast has graced the front page of this paper for a solid week now. This seems inappropriate, as no one I've spoken to seems to think this is remotely important. I suspect the press is too lazy to chase after real stories since the election, with its predictable ready-made stories, has ended.

Printing personal emails of a socialite to the mayor complaining about how the press is hounding her? How juicy. When do we see snapshots of her working out?

Congratulations, the Times has achieved tabloid status.

Eric Soyke, St. Petersburg

Questionable judgment

As a veteran, and someone who knows people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, this scandal saddens me deeply.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said "I absolutely have confidence" in Gen. John Allen's ability to continue in command in Afghanistan despite the distraction of the scandal. This statement raises questions in my mind about Dempsey's judgement. It is hard for me to believe that anyone whose marriage and career could be coming to an end is fit to be making life-and-death decisions.

I would not want anyone whom I care about serving under these people.

John Burrell, Tampa

Three want special panel on Benghazi and Romney: President used 'old playbook' Nov. 15

Time for reconciliation

I would remind Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney, after their separate but equally inflammatory recent postelection remarks, of that oft-quoted verse that begins: "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose …"

This is no longer the season of elections but rather a time for reconciliation whose purpose should be to get something done in Washington.

Bruce D. Shephard, Tampa

Traffic safety

Watch for motorcycles

On Nov. 12, I was sitting at a red light on my motorcycle at 54th Avenue N and 28th Street in St. Petersburg. Watching approaching traffic in my rearview mirror, I saw a car that wasn't going to stop. I left some distance from the car in front of me, so I moved forward to attempt to get out of the way, but the woman in the car behind me bumped the rear of my bike.

I turned the bike off so I could inspect the fender. I then remounted my motorcycle and heard the woman say "sorry" out her window. The impact created about $900 in damage, but the driver never pulled over to see if everything was okay, and now I am left to cover the cost of the repairs.

Please watch out for motorcycles and give them some room. We don't have bumpers like automobiles do, but we have just as much right to be on the road.

Theresa Kapper, Bradenton


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18