Saturday, February 24, 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: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18