Friday, January 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: 'War on Poverty' not sustainable

Poverty programs working | Aug. 8, letter

'War on poverty' not sustainable

The letter writer seems to think the more money we throw at the problem of poverty in America the less poverty there will be. She is among millions of well-intentioned voters who act out of compassion without reason. The numbers on many programs under the so-called "war on poverty" are simply not sustainable.

As recently as 2012, 49.1 percent of American homes were receiving some sort of government assistance. That staggering figure is a dark harbinger of where we are heading if the giveaways continue without serious means to eliminate the need for them.

Programs vital to helping those who can't provide for themselves are in danger because of fraud in giveaways that are more politics than passion. The EBT program is for food staples only, not cash in your pocket and beer in the cooler. I was taught that if I abused a privilege, I would likely lose it.

I am not without compassion for my fellow man and donate annually to respectable charities. The war on poverty is not one of compassion, but of economics and moral responsibility. Until we begin treating it as such, the numbers will continue to climb on the negative side.

When are we going to address the real issues leading to the escalating need: babies having babies, single-parent homes, high school dropout rates the highest of any developed nation, plus an overall sense of entitlement?

The idealistic trill of "from those who have to those who have not" has not freed our nation's poor but has made them captive of government. Taking from the producers to supply the nonproducers is a road map to a nation of Detroits.

Dennis Roper, Clearwater

New pier moves city forward Aug. 4, editorial

Let there be light

One of the most important elements of the new pier is the spectacular light show the LED computerized system provides. The lighting system can be constantly changed to reflect the season or display wonderful artistic expression on a grand scale.

The new pier at night has the potential of being a major art destination worldwide with strong community appeal that constantly excites. This important LED element needs to be broadcast to the community because most people seem unaware.

Think of the Vancouver Port, the Sydney Opera House and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The citizens of St. Petersburg must not let this fabulous opportunity pass.

Ed Oelschlaeger, St. Petersburg

State allowed high rates | Aug. 9, PolitiFact

Nothing doing

After reading how Florida Insurance Commission Kevin McCarty did nothing to assist the low-income people of the state by negotiating lower rates for them when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, I wonder why he has that position and what he does during his other working hours. Other state insurance commissioners negotiated rates with insurance companies, but ours didn't even give it a "college try." Was he just taking a nap with his head down on his desk?

First Gov. Rick Scott wanted to accept the money from the federal government to cover the poorest of our citizens, but no, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said that was not a good idea. Now we have McCarty not doing his job.

Weatherford said he will address the "stand your ground" law in hearings, but he put Rep. Matt Gaetz in charge, who has already said he's not changing a word of it.

It has finally made it through my thick skull that we have more of a "do-nothing" Legislature than the federal government. If this is a government "of the people and by the people," where are all "my people" who are outraged by this exhibition of poor state management?

Stand up and be counted; it is the only way we can make changes. Start yelling and maybe they will hear you in Tallahassee, that is unless they are all taking naps at their desks.

Rosanne Paris, Palm Harbor

Selfish actions

If today's headline and related article did not make your blood boil, then I say you deserve to pay the consequences of our legislators' actions.

I, on the other hand, am infuriated by their selfish and ignorant decisions based solely (apparently) on their dislike for the president. Their behavior reminds me of the typical playground bully. It shouldn't matter what your political leanings are — we, the people of Florida, have again been left "holding the bag," which is going to cost us more money while our elected officials sit content with some of the best health insurance (provided by us) at little or no cost (paid by us). Why should they worry? It's time for a real change.

K. Sanford, Dunedin

Letters | Aug. 8

Voters roused to action

After reading Thursday's letters, I see that more and more voters are realizing that the real problem with our state government is our elected officials. The party in power is not there to govern; they are there for their own personal gain.

I hope more voters see that we, not campaign funds, have the power to elect legislators. If we all do our part, we can make the changes needed for all the people in Florida.

Richard Gentile, Tampa

Put limits on federal snooping Aug. 5, editorial

Keeping the public safe

I'm all for civil liberties. I'm also for knowing I'm safe. It seems like there are trade-offs to achieve every goal. Where I live it's illegal to have open fires in your backyard. Is that an infringement on my freedom? Maybe. But I still think it's a pretty good idea.

I don't care if the NSA is watching my emails or Web surfing activity. Whoever gets stuck with that is going to die of boredom. Same with my phone activity.

If that monitoring prevents another tragedy like what happened in Benghazi, or the World Trade Center or the Boston Marathon, I'm all for it.

"Black box"-type devices are being incorporated into new vehicle design. This is a great idea. Accident causes will no longer be a forensic puzzle to solve by weeks of analysis. If you drive like a lunatic, maybe a bit of monitoring is a good idea.

Jeff Cutting, Brandon


Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18