Sunday, June 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: The politics of poor rankings on children's health

State is 40th for child well-being | June 14

Florida's failures linked to politics

It is disheartening to read headlines about how poorly Florida ranks in health and human services. In this case, it is the Annie E. Casey report on children's well-being. The week before it was on mental health services. Last month it was child deaths.

The news of our downward slide is always accompanied by commentary of nonpartisan advocates. In this case, the spokesman for the Children's Campaign says, "Public investments in children have not kept up with population growth." And from the Florida Policy Institute: "State lawmakers aren't investing enough in public services. … Across party lines, everyone can agree the well-being of children is of utmost importance."

History tells us the facts are not nonpartisan. Florida's per capita funding in health and human services has been going down for 20 years. Republicans took control of the Legislature in 1996 and of the executive in 1998. Jeb Bush's campaign was all about cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. His actions served as the model for the tea party and Freedom Caucus that now govern the nation.

Unfortunately, the Policy Institute follow-up, "Across party lines … the well-being of children is of utmost importance," is not true. Of utmost importance on the Republican side is keeping taxes low and keeping government small.

Alvin W. Wolfe, Lutz

Hurricane season

Don't take storms lightly

I was born in New Orleans four years after World War II and since then have experienced every hurricane and tropical storm to hit that region.

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina violently flooded our home, with no warning. My wife and I avoided drowning by escaping through a window. Once outside, the raging water violently tossed us onto our roof. Tethered only by an anchor rope, Katrina pounded us for hours. When the hurricane ended we were physically exhausted. In less than a full day, we lost everything — our home, camp and business warehouse filled with inventory and trucks. We had no flood insurance, a financial reality that mentally drained us, almost to the point of despair.

Hopefully, our story can serve as a warning to others. Hurricanes are dangerous on many levels, packing energy more powerful than a nuclear bomb. Cavalier attitudes regarding emergency preparation are recipes for disaster. While skies are blue and seas are calm, plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Joseph E. Bellande III, Chalmette, La.

Gunman targets GOP congressmen | June 15

Divisions reach boiling point

The hate and divisions in this country have finally come to a boiling point — Republican congressmen targeted by a Bernie Sanders volunteer. Of course, Sanders is in no way responsible for this shooting, but we must all ask why can't we all come together in this country and let our lawfully elected president do his job.

Since President Donald Trump was sworn in I have seen nothing but attacks against him in this paper. The ridiculous article by Jennifer Rubin was another hit job on our president, and you cite her as a conservative? Let's move on and give the president a chance to do the job he was elected to do.

Kathryn Glynn, Sun City Center


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

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 ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

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...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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