Friday, February 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Romney promise on taxes doesn't add up

Obama, Romney in tense clash of ideas | Oct. 17

Promise on taxes doesn't add up

During the debate, Mitt Romney stated that "the top 5 percent of taxpayers will continue to pay 60 percent of the income tax the nation collects. So that'll stay the same." Simple math fills in the unspoken piece of this equation: that the other 95 percent of taxpayers will continue to pay 40 percent of the income taxes.

If Romney's tax plan is revenue-neutral as he claims, then where in this plan is the middle class tax cut he promises? And if, as some economists say, Romney's plan would cut $5 trillion in revenue, then in order to maintain his pledged 60-40 split, $3 trillion would flow to the 5 percent and $2 trillion would be doled out to the other 95 percent. Tell me again how Romney will fight for the middle class.

Bill Brown, Oldsmar

Vote for Romney, Schwab says | Oct. 18

Rates low for years

Where was Charles Schwab all the years before President Barack Obama took office? Interest rates on CDs and savings accounts have been low for the past 15 years.

As for rates set at zero, that was done to promote job growth from corporate America, which never happened. They took the money and ran to China.

Richard Gentile, Tampa

Campaign 2012

Parties share the blame

With the election upon us, I frequently hear the sound bite, "We can't afford four more years like the last four years." It is used by Republicans to criticize the president. Clearly, the Obama administration hasn't done a stellar job of managing the economic recovery. Barack Obama's passion for alternative energy apparently led to the ill-advised investment of economic recovery funds in projects that were not effective job creators.

However, Republicans share the blame for the bad times and lethargic recovery, and not just because the recession started during a Republican administration. After seizing control of the House in 2010, Republican leaders said their main goal was to ensure that Obama did not get re-elected. Wouldn't a better goal have been to stimulate our economy and put it on a sound footing?

Their obstructive politics contributed to the worst Congress in recent memory, an uncertain business environment, and a pending fiscal cliff at year end.

I hope all voters who hear this sound bite recognize its true, but unintended, message. It should be seen as a criticism of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Jerry Stephens, Riverview

Success not a dirty word

Mitt Romney is a man who has been successful in all facets of his life, and yet he is referred to constantly as a "millionaire" as if that makes him a bad person. When did we stop applauding success? This is a by-product of President Barack Obama's influence as he has created class warfare.

Kaye Lovallo Coddington, Seminole

Local doctors discuss safety | Oct. 14

Committed to safety

The Brandon Ambulatory Surgery Center would like to stress that, as the Times reported, the medication we received from the New England Compounding Center was not contaminated steroids.

Our center has never ordered nor received compounded steroids from NECC. Our steroid medications are supplied by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. The drugs that the surgery center received from NECC were ophthalmic. These drugs — even though they have never been implicated in any contamination — were immediately removed and will never be used on our patients.

The Department of Health conducted its annual inspection on Oct. 12 and was informed of the possession of these ophthalmic drugs. The department is not requesting that these NECC medications be returned to either the state or the FDA at this time.

Absolute patient safety and the delivery of the highest quality care remains our No. 1 priority.

Chuck Smith, director of nursing, Brandon Ambulatory Surgery Center, Brandon

The bloody stain of fundamentalism Oct. 14, commentary

Setting up a straw man

Leonard Pitts sets up a straw man argument by equating the acts of the Taliban with those of Christian fundamentalists in the United States (he never uses the word "Christian," but it is implied). It plays into the underscored belief that religion, in any of its forms, must be supplanted by humanism, which of course has proved disastrous for freedom throughout the world.

One need look no further than the official atheism of most despotic regimes over the last 100 years to see evidence of this. By placing radical Islam (which is national policy in many countries throughout the Middle East) on equal footing with the random acts committed by a few mentally ill and misguided people (abortion shootings, attacks against gays, etc.), Pitts sets a dangerous precedent in which our self-congratulatory tolerances will get the better of us. Has 9/11 taught you nothing, sir?

Gary Compton, Wesley Chapel

Sunday highlight

One of the first things I look for in the Sunday Tampa Bay Times is the Perspective section. One of the first things I look for in the Perspective section is whether there is an article by Leonard Pitts. If so, I always read it. I love his insight and discussion on issues that affect us all, like his recent discussion on fundamentalism in last Sunday's paper. Please keep printing his valuable discussions/opinions. I think we all can benefit from them.

Donna Ream, St. Petersburg

Armstrong left on the outside | Oct. 18

Poetic justice?

Armstrong rode his bike across France

And climbed hills as if in a trance.

Seven titles he did claim

But they didn't bring him fame

As drugs were the downfall of Lance.

Dave McCubbin, Palm Harbor


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