Wednesday, April 25, 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


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...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

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

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18