Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday letters: Floridians financially 'nuked'

Castor pushes renewable energy | Nov. 19

Floridians financially 'nuked'

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for challenging the fossilized energy strategy of Florida's "power" structure. Florida not only lags behind the sun-drenched Southwest in solar energy production but also way behind the sun-challenged countries of Germany and Japan. In Germany solar cells and wind generators account for over 50 percent of electricity-generating capacity, according to Economist magazine. As a result of this low cost renewable energy, German electricity prices have fallen by over 50 percent in the last five years. While German electric bills are plummeting, Floridians are getting financially "nuked" by Duke and the "Public Service" Commission.

Robert White, Valrico

Health reform under repair | Nov. 21, editorial

'Over promising' = a lie

Referring to Republicans, your editorial states, "Their aim is to damage the president's credibility." When Barack Obama the campaigner said repeatedly that if you liked your insurance plan you could keep it and if you liked your doctor you can keep that doctor, period, he knew that was not true. I'd call that a lie. The Times calls it "over promising."

When it comes to damaging his credibility, Obama needs no help from the GOP. Memos have come out showing he knew these "promises" were not true. Plain and simple, he lied to the American people.

As to the failure of on which over $600 million of taxpayers' money has been spent, is anyone truly surprised? I challenge a Times editor to name a single program run by the federal government that is cost-efficient basis and financially sound.

Mike Lyons, Apollo Beach

FEMA gets flood law blame | Nov. 22

Flood rate folly

It's fascinating to hear Republican U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Rich Nugent blame FEMA for the sharp, immediate rise in flood insurance rates, as both of them voted for the measure. Guess they had to pass it to find out what was in it.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

Achievement gap plan is criticized | Nov. 21

Parents not 'robust enough'

Two fine gentlemen in our community are pleased with Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego, yet audaciously blame the school system for "decades of failure" in solving the academic "achievement gap" in black students, calling Grego's plan "not robust enough."

Neither the problem nor the solution rests on the schools, but on the shoulders of the parents, and the community. All children need the same things to be successful in school; loving parents who value them, nourishing meals, clean clothes, an ordered home, and consistency in moral guidance and discipline. Above all, children need parents who value education.

Reading is not rocket science. Parents who read to their child from the age of six months onward, who explain the world in detail to their child, and who focus on the child will have children who excel.

As a single mother without child support, my children dined on Cheerios. We never had cable television. Our car went without AC for five years. I am familiar with poverty, yet my children were hugely successful from kindergarten through college into adulthood.

Modern parents need to get off the cellphone and engage in their child's life. Turn off the TV. Use the computer for education not Facebook or porn. Deprive yourselves a little for the benefit of your child.

Our community must also provide jobs for those who want one. We must address the large numbers of men who return from incarceration to nothing but the street. Community kitchens need to be opened to teach young men and women how to successfully cook from scratch, on a limited budget for their families.

The schools are already bending over backward addressing the gap. The root cause of the gap is that parenting is not "robust enough."

Donna Marie Kostreva, St. Petersburg

Judge: Athlete must sit out | Nov. 22

Twisted priorities

I would recommend that Michael Mazza rethink his statement of ,"I'm an athlete. It's what I do." In reality he is a high school student-athlete. He and his parents should reset their priorities.

Ronald Heimburger, Riverview

Navy was warned of contractor | Nov. 21

Scandal hits deep

Ever since this great country of ours has existed, its first and last bastion of strength, trust, honor and courage has been our military, along with the proud veterans who serve bravely to protect our way of life.

Then, there was Fat Leonard. He is the millionaire Malaysian contractor who used money, extravagant gifts and prostitutes to bribe numerous senior naval officers in exchange for sensitive naval ship arrival information, and then illegally manipulated over $200 million in government contracts. And to add additional salt to the taxpayers' wounds, this expensive and disgraceful shipyard payola included a Tampa connection: Commander Jose Luis Sanchez.

As a veteran myself, this total loss of moral and professional integrity by those we trusted with our overseas security hits deep. This includes every person who has served in the armed service, and every American who goes to sleep at night feeling safe and secure believing that our military is on the job.

Mike Merino, Tampa

Scientology celebration

A slap in the face

According to Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, the Church of Scientology is a community neighbor worthy of positive recognition. Cretekos yearns for a closer relationship with this "civic" minded group. Yet, when this group conducted the grand opening of the largest, most costly building in the history of Clearwater, it is a private affair, with loads of security and no city officials allowed. What a slap in the face of our city leaders.

Of course, City Manager Bill Horne and his permit staff blustered and whined about how the Scientologists ignored city codes and made late demands on the city so that the annual awards ceremonies and dedication of the Flab Building would be a grand affair. Yet at the end of the day, permits were granted, police were hired and old downtown Clearwater became Hubbardville as originally planned.

If any citizen of Clearwater ventured into what was formerly downtown Clearwater last weekend, they would have found "downtown" is indeed the exclusive campus of Scientology. The marina is nice, but it is not a people attraction. The proposed aquarium, now being downsized, will probably never achieve its projected attendance numbers. The Capital Theatre is a beautiful facility, but not a game changer, and so on.

R. Padgett, Clearwater


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...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18