Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Scott's hypocrisy on health jobs

Governor welcomes health care law's jobs | Sept. 19

Scott's hypocrisy on health jobs

It is unbelievable that Gov. Rick Scott is so pleased to announce health care jobs (and take credit for them) when he has done everything in his power to stymie successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

How can he possibly think that he has done anything to promote the presence of new health care employees when all his actions related to health insurance opportunities for Floridians have been so negative?

I also have to ask Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn: What exactly did Scott do that helped in the creation of these health care jobs? I'm glad for the jobs, no matter the field, but I find it difficult to deal with this hypocrisy.

Martha Hodge, Tampa

Where credit isn't due

That headline should have read: "Obama adds health jobs; Scott takes credit." Much of the slowly improving jobs situation here is due to federal stimulus and an improving national economy. Scott's austerity cuts and crony capitalism have only slowed the rebound and hurt Floridians.

William Adams, St. Petersburg

Missing in action | Sept. 19, editorial

We're minor-league market

I have never been as embarrassed to be a Rays fan as I was the other night when only 10,000 people showed up for one of the more important games of the year. My friends from around the country called to ask, "What's wrong with you guys?" and I gave them my usual answer: "Tampa Bay" has a good amount of core baseball fans who support the Rays, but beyond that core it is, basically, a minor-league baseball market.

Tampa Bay is football, football and more football. Any day of the week a football fanatic can tune in to see Unknown U take on Nowhere State. The buzz is all about the upcoming high school games and coverage of the college teams. The Rays are treated with "Oh by the way" status. Your publication is no different, with the Bucs score occupying a front-page headline and separate section on Monday, while the Rays are below the fold in the bottom corner.

And all the rhetoric and drum-beating for a new stadium will not change things no matter what side of the bay the stadium is on. Witness Miami and its $2 billion showpiece.

If I owned the Rays I would have had enough. Charlotte, San Antonio and Nashville would be good places to start a discussion, and by 2015 I would be there.

Larry Yurkonis, St. Petersburg

It's not Foster's fault

Your editorial seems to imply that the attendance problem at Tropicana Field is somehow the fault of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. You seem to be implying that a new stadium is the answer. Well, just look at what happened to the Marlins: a new stadium and still empty seats.

Let me give you a clue to some other problems: the high cost of everything you want to buy, spending three hours or more beside some moron who serenades you all night with a cowbell, and television coverage. Why should I fight traffic and pay parking fees when I can sit in my living room and have the game brought right to me?

Henry D. Reiss, St. Petersburg

Needs, public and private

Let me get this straight: Attendance at Tropicana Field is lowest in the majors, but this is somehow St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster's fault?

My understanding is this: A for-profit corporation signs a lease on a city (i.e., public)-owned facility but wishes to break the lease early without penalty. Try running that past any landlord.

This city, county and state have needs much more important than building sports facilities for private corporations. The Rays are welcome to move into a new stadium as long as they abide by the terms of their current lease and don't build a new one with my tax dollars.

Dale Kitt, St. Petersburg

Shooter's access prompts reviews | Sept. 19

Focus on mental illness

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promises to work hard to make government security more secure. Elsewhere there are references to the "red flag" that popped up on the killer at the naval installation.

One favors "security," but where was the vigilance that clearly could have stopped this current massacre and perhaps others before? Mental health is the prime culprit. Where are the "experts" who perceive but do not follow their leads?

Bea Donis, Tampa

Slow down flood insurance rate hikes Sept. 17, editorial

Needed insurance reform

The Biggert-Waters flood insurance reform measure you criticize uses the same kind of long-term phase-ins as Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The Citizens phase-in was actually the direct inspiration for the language in Biggert-Waters. In addition, it's worth noting that the rates will not soar for the overwhelming majority of homeowners — almost all primary residences are exempt from sizable increases. Even when the higher rates are fully phased in, FEMA's sample rates indicate that a home right at the waterline will pay only about $150 a month for coverage.

The National Flood Insurance Program needs to charge more if it hopes to ever find firm fiscal footing. Higher rates may not please every homeowner, but they are necessary.

Eli Lehrer, president, R Street Institute, Washington, D.C.

GOP leads House vote to cut back food stamps | Sept. 20

Many need help

How disgusting that 217 representatives voted to limit SNAP funds. They might as well have said "Die!" to all those who, because of poor economic status or illness, need what we used to call "food stamps."

These 217 are not representing us, our children who need to have good education and good health which is nearly impossible without nutrition; our handicapped and elderly who cannot work for a living and depend on programs like SNAP; our neighbors who can find only poorly paid work that cannot support them and their families; our citizens who have been ravaged by storms, fire, theft, accident or other misfortune and need temporary assistance.

Esther Kirk, Riverview


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18