Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Stand up against abuse of animals

PETA chides use of goats in training | Aug. 15

Stand up against abuse of animals

I implore my fellow Tampa Bay citizens to stand with PETA and protest our military's live tissue study, known as Goat Lab. The purpose of this cruel practice is to train combat medics on a live goat by inflicting stab wounds, broken bones, sucking chest wounds, etc. USF and our Florida National Guard are scheduled to start this barbaric animal abuse training very soon.

Here is my idea of training these troops: Why not have these medics intern at any local emergency room in the bay area and work on crash victims, shooting and stabbing victims, and all types of emergency room trauma victims?

It is beyond my belief and comprehension how we as a society still experiment on defenseless animals. As a humanist, I am sad to say that the human animal race is the cruelest of all the Earth's species. Our so-called higher intelligence will be the death of our species and our only home planet.

I ask people to study our past as humans and see how we keep repeating our failures throughout our history. I stand with PETA on many other animal abuse investigations, and I hope other Florida residents will stand with us against USF and the military's animal abuse.

Joseph Rowe, Tarpon Springs

Pinellas considers expanding transgender rights | Aug. 8

Rights for all

I was excited to read the Pinellas County Commission is considering adding transgender protections to the county's human rights ordinance. Part of the promise of America is the shared belief that we can all live our lives the way we want. "Don't tread on me" is not only an early American slogan about government, it defined Americans' belief that each of us can choose our path and our terms of happiness. All of us want and expect to have the full rights of America; transgender Americans are no different.

Some concerns about this action have been raised in the past. Communities that have expanded rights to transgender citizens have seen no ill effects on their local businesses, economy or culture.

This week Pinellas commissioners have the opportunity to ensure more citizens have full access to the promise of America. I hope the commission votes to extend the human rights ordinance and allow more people to live in a world where "don't tread on me" and individual terms of happiness are a way of life.

Neil Brickfield, Safety Harbor

GOP seeks a focus | Aug. 11

Oligarchy in the making

Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided, but we do need two parties, and the division is not our biggest problem. Our major problem is the shadowy third party, the Big Money Boys, who have found it a business expedient to control the government for the purpose of expanding and protecting their profits.

Greedy and powerful, these boys have bought enough congressmen to make a huge difference. This could explain the otherwise inexplicable actions by Congress: (1) When 90 percent of Americans wanted background checks for gun purchase, Congress voted the bill down. (2) Why did Congress refuse to vote to send aid to disaster-struck states? (3) The House now is trying to pass a bill to cut funding for food stamps, leaving 200,000 children hungry; yet they stoutly refuse to allow any of the very wealthiest to pay a cent more in taxes.

Our country is well on the way to being an oligarchy — run by the rich for the rich, and too bad for anyone else. What can we do? We do not have to have a revolution like the French peasants had when they chopped off the heads of the offending rulers. We can peacefully vote the bribed ones out. Each of us must check the records of incumbents running for office — state and federal. If one received some huge donation and then voted to benefit that donor, please cast your strong vote against him and for the opponent, whoever he is — even if he is a yellow dog.

Lorraine Madison, St. Petersburg

The breakdown of responsibility Aug. 15, letter

Require youth to serve

The answer to this serious problem is simple: conscription.

If every young person in this country was required by law to serve our wonderful country for at least two years, as in other democratic countries, the social ills we are experiencing would disappear. Every military veteran would agree that some kind of basic training would solve this problem.

Donald A. Bostrom, St. Petersburg

Protecting pocketbooks | Aug. 15, commentary

Don't forget utilities …

Pam Bondi wrote, "One of my most important obligations as attorney general of Florida is to enforce the laws that ensure a competitive and fair marketplace." This was in reference to the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, saying the merger could expose Florida consumers to millions in higher fares and fees.

Why isn't she doing anything about the billions of dollars the citizens of Florida have paid to Progress/ Duke Energy for nothing? The citizens of Florida can choose to fly another airline, ride the train, even drive. What the citizens of Florida can't do is use another power company.

Joanne Simmons, St. Petersburg

… and insurance rates

It's nice to know that Pam Bondi is concerned about the negative effects on Floridians of the airline merger, but where was she when the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott tied the hands of the insurance commissioner from negotiating lower insurance rates for Floridians?

Michael Finch, Pinellas Park

Campaign reform

People power

Three simple words: campaign finance reform. They change everything we know about elections.

Does the Supreme Court understand the simple things? A person is not a corporation. A democracy is a government of the people. The "people" may work for a corporation. The corporation is not the people.

The "people" are what make our democracy. We the people demand campaign finance reform.

Barbara Weis, Sun City Center


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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Published: 05/21/18

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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18