Sunday, February 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Washington guilty of breach of trust

Don't hide; come clean | June 22, editorial

A breach of trust by Washington

I disagree with your comment that Republicans in the House are making political theater in pressing on with contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Darrell Issa has received information on "Fast and Furious" from whistle-blowers who he says are tired of Holder's stonewalling.

This was not some deal where someone made money illegally and Holder does not want to be embarrassed. This operation resulted in the death of at least one Border Patrol agent. It is a shame that the president will not allow the release of these documents. This is a serious breach in the trust we give to our government.

Chris Landrum, Brandon

Trouble from the start

It is troubling and unbelievable that our government would give about 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels and not expect it to be a problem.

Jim Caputo, Spring Hill

Presidential visit to Tampa

Passing out favors

It's certainly been a successful couple of weeks for our panderer in chief, President Barack Obama. Stopping by Tampa on Friday to shore up support in a critical swing state and to raise some campaign cash, he drops off $11 million to Mayor Bob Buckhorn to build a waterfront sidewalk. On the way to Tampa he stops by Orlando to address a conference of Hispanic officeholders to let them know he is, by executive fiat, suspending the immigration laws for a certain population of illegal immigrants of his choosing, most of whom are probably of Hispanic heritage.

Not to leave his LGBT base out, his administration recently announced that the American military, in addition to getting rid of "don't ask, don't tell," will actually take a day to recognize the contributions of our LGBT soldiers. Coming up next, look for mortgage and student loan forgiveness and the proverbial chicken in every pot.

Back in a time when we actually had critical journalists keeping an eye on the presidency, all of this would be criticized as a disgraceful use of presidential power. Today, it's just reported on the front pages as news.

John Galloway, Tampa

Guarding ballot integrity June 22, commentary

Flimsy justification

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner writes that the "U.S. Justice Department recently demanded we stop removing noncitizens from the voter rolls entirely until after the general election in November."

While I do not have access to the actual statement, I find it very hard to believe that the Justice Department would prevent the state from removing a noncitizen from the voter rolls.

What the Justice Department did say is that you cannot send thousands of letters to voters, based on a very flimsy database, demanding that they prove their citizenship or lose their right to vote.

If the state knows that an individual has violated the law, then by all means do whatever is necessary to punish that person.

To make a ridiculous analogy, it would be like the police department sending a letter to a thousand people saying that you have 30 days to prove that you are not the person who robbed the convenience store last week and if you fail to provide that proof, you will be considered guilty.

Leonard C. Silva, St. Petersburg

Silly season

Ken Detzner speaks of integrity, but his column on the ineligible voter purge initiative was filled with qualifiers that clearly indicate the lack of a sound basis for this waste of taxpayer dollars. Topped off with the astonishing (to be read with tongue in cheek) total of 100 names found thus far out of the state's more than 10 million registered voters, his quest for "potential" and "possible" large numbers of fraudulent voters looks all the more silly.

Terri Benincasa, Palm Harbor

Tampa Bay Rays

Don't worry about owners

The ongoing saga of attendance at Rays' baseball games has seemed to me over the past five years a little beside the point. The team's value has increased from $145 million, when owner Stuart Sternberg "bought his initial stake" in 2004 (according to Paul Sullivan in the New York Times on June 2), to $323 million, as reported by Forbes in March. The size of that "initial stake" was not made public, but it would appear that Sternberg saw well over a 100 percent increase in his investment in eight years, if the reporting is accurate. In other words, the team has more than doubled in value during that time. Would you be happy with that rate of return?

Eventually fans will come to the Rays' stadium, wherever it is, but don't weep about the financial straits of Sternberg and the rest of the Rays' ownership. They're doing just fine.

Edward Cifelli, Dade City

Younger Americans are getting the shaft June 22, commentary

Elderly paid their dues

I strongly disagree with Matt Miller's argument that seniors are the ones putting a burden on younger Americans. As a senior, I paid into Social Security for 55 years and Medicare since its inception. I still pay into Medicare. For this, I get a modest monthly check and co-pays on my medical needs.

Meanwhile, millionaires like Mitt Romney pay minimal taxes; hugely profitable oil companies get tax breaks; the military spends billions on equipment it will never use; and farmers are paid not to grow crops.

I think Miller is picking on the wrong chicken.

David Egbert, St. Petersburg

Let voters have say on Pier options June 21, John Romano column

Put plan to a vote

Some years back we had a mayor in St. Petersburg who wanted to get rid of our historic Albert Whitted Airport and build condos on the waterfront. There was such a hue and cry over this plan that it went to a vote of the people. The proposal was resoundingly defeated, and today we are noted for our downtown airport.

Now, Round 2. We have a mayor pushing a Pier proposal that many residents don't want. This "cesspool" proposal needs to go before the voters.

Marie L. Moench, St. Petersburg

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Monday’s letters:

Trump’s ideas: Raise age limit, arm some teachers | Feb. 23The myth of the ‘good guy’ tacticOnce again we hear the same statement made by the head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, that has been made by President Donald Trump as well as numerous conser...
Published: 02/25/18

Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

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