Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: No one has right to take a life

Girl's rape tough to reconcile for GOP | Sept. 7, Sue Carlton column

No one has right to take a life

The Republican "no exceptions" abortion platform statement should not be criticized. It is logical and consistent. The child of rape or incest is every bit as much a human child as anyone else.

Indefensibly, the real inconsistency, as noted in Sue Carlton's column, is the position of candidates and officeholders who run as conservative Republicans and yet do not follow that "playbook." Equally as incongruous are the schizophrenic laws which allow for a homicide charge when the "wanted" child is killed by an assailant, while the "unwanted" child can be legally dismembered in an abortion without the blinking of an eye.

Until society views the unborn child as a person and confers equal rights upon that person, the mealymouthed politicians will continue to look hypocritical, talking out both sides of their mouths and making ridiculously illogical comments.

Until we acknowledge that no one has the right to choose to kill an innocent human being — regardless of the circumstances of conception — we will continue to see politicians and voters who are willing to accept the killing of some of the babies some of the time.

Jana Carpenter, Clearwater

Democratic National Convention

Platform politics

I found Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's excuse for the omission of God and Jerusalem from the DNC platform very interesting. According to her, the president was not aware that the two were left out (intentionally or otherwise).

If that is indeed true, then it appears that the president subscribes to the Nancy Pelosi school of the legislative process: "Let's pass it so we can read it and see what's in it."

Michael P. Catalano, Palm Harbor

Florida education

Remember the cuts

I can't stand by any longer without commenting on the new education TV ad where our esteemed Gov. Rick Scott brags about allocating $1 billion this year for education. What he refuses to mention is that he and our Florida Legislature cut $1.3 billion for education out of the budget last year.

I am sick and tired of the smoke and mirrors this administration continues to practice. Do they really think we are all uninformed idiots?

Lou Bader, St. Petersburg

Food stamps

Program rife with abuse

Recent articles on the food stamp program point to a seemingly black hole of fraud and waste. As a food stamp certification worker for three years back in the 1980s, I personally turned in over 500 cases of OFR (overissuance, fraud and recoupment).

It was a disgusting job — underpaid (some certifiers were on food stamps) and dangerous (clients carry guns and knives) — and those who needed help the most couldn't get it.

The main concern was, like with any other government program, to give out as much as you did last year if you don't want your funding cut. There is no incentive to get people off food stamps, only to keep them there. There is no incentive to clean up the program, or they would have done so in the 30 years since I left it.

Craig R. McNees, Tampa

Unemployment rate

Dropping out

The liberal media touts the new job numbers as great news for the president. But the facts are that the unemployment rate went down to 8.1 percent with only 98,000 additional new jobs, and 368,000 people dropped out of the workforce.

The president's strategy of providing more handouts will further enhance his chances of being re-elected by encouraging an additional couple of million people to drop out and seek public assistance so the rate will approach 7 percent, a number more conducive to his quest for re-election.

Peter Hofmann, Gulfport

Property taxes

Heads in the sand

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that from July 2008 until July 2012, the working-age population in Florida grew by 954,000 people. Yet the same data show that 211,000 fewer people are now working. In other words, more people are riding the wagon and fewer people are pulling it.

Already in January 2010, I wrote the Pinellas County Commission that the labor force participation rate was decreasing to dangerously low levels. Since that time and according to the BLS, the Florida labor force participation rate has declined another 1.7 percent. It now stands at 60 percent.

In the face of the grim economic reality that the average working citizen faces, a majority of the Pinellas County Commission now wants to raise the property tax millage rate. By doing so, they are telling you that the government's needs and wants come before your needs.

Federal and state officials already have their heads in the sand; don't let our local elected officials also stick their heads in the sand.

Tom Rask, Seminole

Feds: State is warehousing kids | Sept. 7

Put focus on children

I find it outrageous that the Times would bury an article in a side column on page 3 of the local section regarding federal investigators accusing Florida of violating federal law by warehousing hundreds of disabled children for years in nursing homes.

Yet you managed to headline articles on Scientology, Tampa jobs for visas and other items that I don't feel are as important as the abuse of our children.

John Peterpaul, Clearwater

Primary election

Clean up the signs

It has now been a month since the end of the local elections and primary. It is past time for the candidates to have removed their campaign signs. We are quickly headed into the next election round, which means more pollution on the side of our roads. This is disgraceful and disgusting.

If the candidates and/or their workers don't remove them, then anyone should be allowed to pull them out of the ground and put them in the garbage.

Let's clean up.

Brenda Calabrese, Seminole


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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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