Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: New security rules short on sense

Small knives, sports gear fly again | March 6

New security rules short on sense

What an idea: knives and large sharp objects on board airplanes. I'm sure airline employees are thrilled with how much easier this will make their jobs.

Now we can stab the back of the seat of the impolite person who always slams the seat back on your knees, knocking the soda into your lap. And don't we all need to carry hockey sticks and pool cues, since there's always so much extra overhead bin space? I guess the next time somebody keeps kicking my seat, my handy pool cue might make them rethink their decision. I am sad, however, that my beloved cricket bat will have to continue to be checked luggage.

Two questions come to mind: What are they drinking and/or smoking at TSA, and would they be so kind as to share it with the rest of us so we can think it's a good idea too?

Charlotte Schiaffo, Tampa

Federal duty on economy | March 7, letter

Spending our way into debt

A letter writer says it is the duty of the federal government in "times of stress" to "invest" in projects to help the country economically. First, this must be an unwritten duty as it is not anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.

But more to the point is that between the huge stimulus and record high levels of government spending, this has been tried for the last four years with only minimal improvement to the nation and a huge debt.

The fallacy here is that construction projects these days employ a large number of people or the absurd belief that the government is competent enough to spend our tax money efficiently.

Too often the help from Congress gets caught up in crony capitalism or is based on grand ideas that don't work in real life.

Fortunately, we have some in Washington now who want to solve the problem instead of just continuing to be a part of it.

Daniel Montanez Jr., Riverview

A growing field of green | March 7

Rich get richer

I am so relived to know another billionaire has added to his wealth. While you're at it, could you report on just how that relates to everyday people? With the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer and our government laughing in our face, it's so nice to know those who have will be sleeping on rose pedals while those who have not will be praying for their child's next meal.

Keep up the good work, Times. Let us know when your next scoop includes real messages that affect your readers in a real sense.

Thomas J. Cook, St. Petersburg

Legal headache over 'Dr.' title March 7, commentary

Demeaning legislation

Health care professionals should focus their efforts on providing the best possible care for their patients, not deriding and attempting to limit other health care professionals.

Current proposed legislation making it a felony for doctorally prepared nurse practitioners to use the title "doctor" in the clinical setting is ludicrous, demeaning and most likely unconstitutional. To follow the current line of logic, new medical school graduates, who have almost no clinical experience, should be required to introduce themselves as "I'm Dr. Smith, an intern" or face felony charges for inadequate identification of their status. Likewise all doctorally prepared health providers should be required to clarify their status such as "Dr. Jones, a dentist" or "Dr. Allen, a chiropractor" to avoid prosecution.

Let's recognize this proposed legislation for what it is: an attempt by some medical groups to limit the scope of practice of nurse practitioners to decrease competition. This legislation has nothing to do with patient safety and everything to do with turf protection.

Beth Hernly, St. Petersburg

A degree of absurdity

Pending legislation to make felons of nurses with advanced preparation and the highest academic degree is poppycock but it's nothing new.

I am reminded of an incident of more than 40 years ago when Dr. Marian McKenna left UF to become the dean of the College of Nursing at my alma mater, the University of Kentucky. At her welcoming reception, a crusty old pediatrician asked her, "M.D. or Ph.D?" Dr. McKenna answered, "Neither, Ed.D." The medical doctor asked the educator, "What kind of … degree is that?"

No self-respecting nurse passes himself or herself off as a medical doctor. Nurses have something distinct to offer patients in addition to those long-since delegated functions of medical care.

Sally F. Martin, Tampa

About-face on aid his family had received March 7

Getting our share

I am apparently missing a fundamental, philosophical element of House Speaker Will Weatherford's desire to reject "free" federal Medicaid funds, as I did with Gov. Rick Scott's rejection of the federal funds for the rail system.

For 50 years I have been paying federal income taxes with the belief that my money would, at least in part, be returned to me in the form of programs that are beneficial to me and society in general. So why would I reject an offer from the U.S. government to return some of my tax money to my community and instead choose to tell them to spend it elsewhere, which is what they will do?

I see it as akin to telling Washington to keep my income tax refund because it is coming out of their dirty, governmental hands. I would certainly be called a fool if I did that.

Arthur N. Eggers, Tampa


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 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18