Wednesday, April 25, 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

Comments

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

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