Thursday, December 14, 2017
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


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17