Sunday, January 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Marijuana business already here

Locals: Let ill people use pot | Dec. 26

Marijuana business already here

The clock is ticking in the frantic race to obtain the 683,149 valid petition signatures needed by Feb. 1 for the question of whether or not medical marijuana should be on the November 2014 ballot.

Out of nowhere this week, I was approached in the employee lunchroom of our local VA hospital by a young man soliciting my signature for this issue. I was rather miffed over the fact that this individual was on a government facility, freely moving from one employee to another, pen and petitions in hand.

While I am ambivalent on the overall pot issue, it led me to ask two quick questions of this petitioner: How much are you making to do this, or are you just a staunch supporter of the initiative? He replied: "Two dollars for each person I sign up, and I'm going for 200 signatures today; and I'll get it." And as for the other question, he said, "Of course I'm a supporter; why else would I be here?"

Based on his response, it seems that the business of marijuana is already underway in our state.

Mike Merino, Tampa

Locals: Let ill people use pot | Dec. 26

Regulate and control

Calvina Fay, the anti-medical marijuana executive for Save Our Society from Drugs, states: "But regardless of whether one believes that street pot is medicine, when people examine the proposed amendment's language closely, they reject it because it is fraught with so many loopholes and opportunities for abuse that would be very bad for Florida."

Her statement counters her intention of making medical marijuana seem like a bad idea by using the term "street pot is medicine." In reality that is what people in Florida have now.

If medical marijuana became legal it would be regulated by the state from growing stage to treatment stage. Fay's statement is akin to saying we cannot legalize alcohol because bathtub gin can make you go blind.

Scott McKown, Palm Harbor

How I stumped 'Jim' the robot telemarketer Dec. 27, commentary

Robot just says 'no'

This column by Frank Cerabino struck a chord with me.

When recently calling to order a white pages phone book, my call was answered by a robot. The following is not verbatim, but this is how it went down.

After asking my name and address, I was asked how many books I would like. I replied, "Two."

The robot replied, "You are allowed only a quantity of one. … How many books would you like?

I replied, "One." It forced me to say one when I wanted two.

I thought about calling back and asking for a quantity of "one" so I could get my "two," but discounted that as I assumed the robot would know I just called.

It really made my day; I hung up the phone and roared with laughter.

Joanna Skupien Harrington, St. Petersburg

Flood insurance

Monstrous increase

I am very disturbed by the monstrous increase for flood insurance.

Yes, we live on a canal off the intracoastal. We have lived in this house for over 35 years and have never had a flood, even over the seawall. Now we are going to have to pay this enormous amount for flood insurance.

I suspect that a lot of this increase is because of Katrina, which occurred in a city that is below sea level. There, the fault was almost entirely caused by the levies (which the government had built and was supposed to maintain).

Flora Ernie South, Largo

Times columnists

The dynamic duo

I consider myself fortunate to live in a city that employs two of the funniest writers I've read in a long time. Daniel Ruth and John Romano, kudos! You deserve a book of collections. Thanks for making me laugh all year long. I'm a better person for it.

Robin Sterling, St. Petersburg


Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

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