Monday, June 18, 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


Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18