Tuesday, August 14, 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


Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18

Friday’s letters: Regain respect for the opinions of others

‘In the belly of the beast’ | Aug. 2Respect the opinions of othersWatching President Donald Trump’s latest rally in Tampa, I once again witnessed a shameful exhibition of hatred and discord. I saw those who mocked a CNN reporter with vulgar chant...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18