Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Practical tips for hurricane living

Hurricane Irma

Practical advice for hurricanes

I am a 70-year-old man who lost power for 73 hours in Hurricane Irma. I slept like a baby for three nights and lost no food. I took commonsense steps.

1. I froze tap water in plastic bottles.

2. I turned AC down from usual 76 to 71 so when power went off, my walls, ceilings and floors would be colder, keeping me cooler longer.

3. I opened no windows. Better to have 80-degree air in my condo without humidity, than 85-degree outside air with humidity.

4. I took two frozen bottles of water to bed with me, put each in a plastic to collect condensation and put each bottle in a sock. Then I placed a bottle on each side of me to help keep my body temp down. The ice melted by morning. Now I had more water to drink.

5. The last day I also placed bottles on each side of me while sitting in my chair. I was cool as a cucumber.

6. When power went out I took all my frozen food and bottles of water and packed it into two coolers (bought at Walmart) and put the coolers into the freezer. My food was still frozen when the power was restored 73 hours later.

Bruce Peters, Tampa

Our president is an Abbie Hoffman of the right | Sept. 27

Trump's no Abbie Hoffman

I am not in dispute with the content of David Brooks' article, but I very much disagree calling Donald Trump the Abbie Hoffman of the anything. As someone who volunteered with Abbie Hoffman as a teenager, I can tell you that Abbie Hoffman worked tirelessly to better the lives of the disenfranchised, the poor, the people in Worcester, Mass., who needed help. Donald Trump is no way Abbie Hoffman.

Tobey Burwick, Dunedin

What Irma taught us about caring for older Floridians | Sept 22, column

Take care of frail elders

Kudos and gratitude to Dr. Larry Polivka for his career-long advocacy for frail elders in long-term care. He points out again how the state has failed these important long-time citizens of Florida, who for years provided volunteer and financial resources to keep the quality of life for the rest of us. Then after depleting their health and resources paying for expensive long-term care, they must depend on Medicaid. We must have a change in Tallahassee from many legislators and the governor, who worry only about re-election. The 2018 elections cannot come to soon.

Gerald Buchert, St. Petersburg

Vietnam haunts us to this day | Sept. 29, column

A loss of faith in government

In recalling his Vietnam experiences evoked by the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary of that ill-advised war, professor David Colburn laments a catastrophe that killed 58,000 Americans. But perhaps an even greater catastrophe was the damage caused to Americans' faith in their government. Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon's blatant lies about what was actually happening forever raised doubts in the minds of the public about the credibility of the nation's leaders. Similarly, the eventual lack of accountability for those involved in the horrific My Lai massacre of hundreds of innocent civilians significantly affected the nation's appreciation for the value of human life and the rules of engagement in war-fighting.

Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center


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: 1 hour 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