Thursday, February 22, 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

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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

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18