Wednesday, April 25, 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


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

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
Updated: 04/23/18

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

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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