Sunday, September 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Public's health put at risk

Unsafe water a national problem | Feb. 9

Public's health put at risk

This article highlights the catastrophic events that can occur when toxic chemicals go unmonitored, unknown or ignored. This is why we cannot allow fracking in Florida; it is unfathomable how our Legislature can consider anything but an all-out ban. As a pediatric nurse practitioner and child health advocate, I have grave concern for our most vulnerable citizens: unborn babies, young children and communities of color.

In Flint, Mich., the contaminant was eventually found to be lead, but consider the hundreds of potentially toxic, carcinogenic and or "trade secret" fracking chemicals that would, based on numerous scientific studies, contaminate Florida's water and air and significantly harm public health.

Authorities would be denied the right to test for "trade secret" chemicals, putting public health in jeopardy. Health professionals face personal risk while providing life-saving care to those exposed to such chemicals; how can we prevent against or treat what we don't know?

A major tenet of nursing care is the right to know. Patients have the right to relevant and timely information on potentially harmful products, chemicals and pollutants to which they are exposed. Pro-fracking Senate Bill 318 does none of this, and must be stopped.

Jeannette Fleischer, Tampa

NRA lobbyist escalated feud with Swiftmud Feb. 10

Change to steel shot

I have been shooting at the Skyway Trap & Skeet Club for several years, during which time lead shot has never been allowed. In fact, they check all boxes of ammo with a magnet to make sure only steel shot is used. There has been a berm installed to keep any stray shot from entering the lake. There have also been more safety measures put in place on the shooting direction in relation to the berm.

Ray Shirley, Tampa

Gun rights over all others?

The power of the ever-expanding Second Amendment is truly astonishing. According to Marion Hammer it covers the right of private companies to pollute water sources, refuse to clean them up, and stick Florida taxpayers with the $25 million required to clean up a million pounds of lead. It seems it also allows for the abolition of pesky government agencies that try to hold gun ranges accountable for the pollution they create.

Hammer's Second Amendment message to the people of Florida seems to be that any and all gun rights are more important than you: Eat, drink and breathe lead, suckers.

Moe Loogham, Lutz

Clinton takes aim at Sanders' policies Feb. 12

Thanks for the laughs

I have to thank Hillary Clinton for starting my day off with a belly-busting laugh. She chastised Bernie Sanders for not being totally truthful with the American people.

This is the same Clinton who "dodged sniper fire in Bosnia," said Benghazi was the result of a film, was broke when she and Bill left the White House — and she tells Bernie he has not been truthful.

Oh well, as she once said, "What difference does it make?"

Albert Ravenna, St. Pete Beach


Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18