Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Reputation for compassion is good for Florida

Jeb Bush: Medical pot bad for Florida | Aug. 15

Compassion is good for Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush has lately demonstrated just how out of touch he is with mainstream Florida voters and residents. He opposes the use of noneuphoric medical marijuana for patients whose suffering would be greatly relieved by its use. What kind of person would rather see thousands of Floridians, young and old, suffer the effects of their illness because he thinks our state's reputation might be damaged? It seems to me that Florida's reputation would be enhanced as a place where its people and legislators are compassionate and caring.

Robert Clinefelter, Clearwater

Do what the police say | Aug. 21, commentary

To protect and serve

I agree with the opinion submitted by Sunil Dutta, who served 17 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. I retired after 20 years with a county police agency between Baltimore and Washington, so I know whereof he speaks. I also read with interest the column by Eric Holder, in which he asserts the need for an independent investigation, unimpeded by events.

The loss of a loved one is of course a tragic situation, and one can certainly sympathize with the family. As referred to by Dutta, the easiest way to have no problem with the police is to comply. Officer safety was always foremost in our minds, but sight was never lost of the main part of the job, to protect and serve. In 20 years I never figured out why people, any people, feel they have the right to destroy property, loot stores that they have damaged, and riot with police. I guess I'll never understand that.

Ron Miller, Lithia

Ads target Scott on Duke, pollution | Aug. 19

More solutions, less blame

I am sick to death of TV ads blaming either Gov. Rick Scott or challenger Charlie Crist for allowing Duke Energy to fleece the public by charging for energy plants that either are nonproductive or will never be built. What I long for is a promise from either one that he is committed to changing the present situation in favor of the ratepayers. But on this score, all I hear is silence.

Robert E. Thompson, Clearwater

Rubio criticizes Obama | Aug. 21

Nation should be united

The latest critical remarks made by Sen. Marco Rubio aimed at President Barack Obama over the beheading of journalist James Foley make me sick to my stomach. Political players on both sides of the aisle choose to throw stones at each other while their country and the world cries out for leadership. Rubio should be ashamed of his comments.

There are issues that call out for our politicians to be Americans in the face of evil — Americans united for the sake of the safety and security of our nation and beyond our shores. He and others should be seeking to be their best self as Americans, not Democrats or Republicans. And our president needs to work harder at bringing our country together. Our forefathers for generations put their country ahead of all else when it mattered. When was the last time we saw this from Congress?

Gurn Freeman, Palm Harbor

Scott meets with climate scientists | Aug. 20

Sounds of silence

Gov. Rick Scott "sat silently" at the recent meeting with Florida's top climate scientists, except for a few artfully selected questions that were totally unrelated to the topic. He apparently believes that any comment about global warming will cost him votes. One wonders: Will he remain silent (i.e., "take the Fifth") if asked about the issue at the public debates later in the campaign?

Max Dertke, Tampa

Latvala cries foul on Duke | Aug. 22

Hot under the collar

So Duke Energy is revamping the way it reads the meters, and some of us will receive bills that will include extra days, charged at the higher rate. While they're being so kind to work out payment plans for those who can't afford it, and we're being told that this will make things much more efficient (with the savings going to shareholders, I'm sure), why couldn't they at least have begun this in November when we don't use air conditioning, instead of the hottest month of the year?

Kandy Smith, Belleair

Relief is overdue

Duke Energy's actions further confirm that corporations aren't people, because if a person exhibited the criminal and stupid behavior of Duke over the last few years, he or she would be behind bars.

Seemingly not content with being a monopoly, Duke has decided that a monthly billing cycle can now last as long as 43 days. By not also increasing the usage kilowatt hours to correspond with the increased time frame, Duke has found yet another way to extract money from the pockets of their hapless and helpless customers.

Jim Ahearn, Clearwater

Cold reality of charities | Aug. 22, commentary

Marketing wins the day

The writer has an interesting perspective, and may be correct, but he is a bit naive in the current world of social media and the realities of the competitive marketing of one "charity" vs. another. In a perfect world people would make all their giving decisions based on perfect information. Unfortunately, there's too much information and not enough time to find and absorb it all. Thus, the best marketer wins: in this case, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

Don't fault the creative minds at the ALS Foundation. Those organizations that truly have a broader, more impactful reach into improving the human condition should learn from this example of successful fundraising. The most success will go to those organizations that can combine a strong case for support with effective marketing.

Richard Warshof, St. Petersburg


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18