Sunday, January 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: The Trumps' transparency

Russian help welcomed | July 12

The Trumps' transparency

President Donald Trump's recent praise of his son, Donald Trump Jr., for his transparency was heartwarming. The basis for this well-earned recognition is Donald Jr.'s public release of the emails that confirmed a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where Russia offered to help the Trump campaign with information damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Of course, the release of the emails came just hours before the New York Times was set to release them anyway. Nonetheless, I can finally agree with the president on something. Donald Jr., like his father the president, is extremely transparent. As in, "easily seen through."

Eugene Kelly, Brooksville

Notching up wins July 14, commentary

Dubious claims

This column recounted the president laying out his successes in office. Among them he cited: a record stock market, low unemployment and success against ISIS. His inference was that his actions and policies have been responsible for these successes.

There has not, however, been any passing of tax reform or other measures to bring about such successes. They have taken place under the set of laws and policies that existed when he took office — the "disastrous" ones he inherited from President Barack Obama. The reality is that he is the beneficiary of the very policies he wants to dismantle.

Joseph Bloom, Dunedin

Rental car firms settle on tolls July 12

Toll problem remains

It is good to see that Pam Bondi's office addressed and settled the rental car companies' deceptive practice of hiding the true cost for toll transponders and toll fees. The settlement still does not address the fundamental problem: There is no way for people driving rental cars to pay their tolls without excessive fees. The advent of all-electronic tolling will only cause this problem to worsen.

Chris White, Tampa

Activists ruffle feathers at Chick-fil-A | July 14

Dig a little deeper

While I think this group got everything it wanted with this page-one Times story, I believe that while you have them on the hook (no pun intended) your ever-inquisitive reporters should do a follow-up.

What is this group's position on abortion? Do they only feel an obligation to protect chickens and fish?

You opened this can on worms by making the issue page-one news. Let's dig a little more.

Joseph Wynne, New Port Richey


Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

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