Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Post inspections to ensure clean restaurants

Health violations found at 3 local restaurants Jan. 3 article

Make restaurant show inspections

Eating out can be a crapshoot when it comes to cleanliness. Low wages, constant turnover and understaffing all contribute to conditions cited in the article.

What is needed is a customer protection plan. Require all eating establishments to post, at their entranceway, their latest health inspection report. Failure to do so would result in an automatic one week closure.

John Ennis, Hudson

Newtown school killings

This slaughter demands action

The killing of 20 innocent children and six adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, deserves more than a debate. It demands action.

Let's not kid ourselves here: Is not the real reason why no action has been taken on this issue fear of political retribution by gun rights advocates?

As much as we may want to lay this problem exclusively at the feet of our elected officials, it is, by definition, not an easy one to solve. We will never be able to stop a human being from killing another. We can, however, and should, do all that we can to minimize this type of tragedy from happening again.

The solution is not to eliminate guns in our society. Nor is it as simple as enforcing gun laws already on the books. Gun control legislation, though not the answer by itself, can and should be part of an overall solution. Congress and the president should act by renewing the ban on the assault weapons that place our law enforcement in jeopardy and make the carnage worse. There is simply no need to have such powerful weaponry to defend one's self. The Sheriff's Office can, and should, weigh in.

We can have a vibrant Second Amendment, while at the same time do all that we can to protect our children, our teachers and our citizens from carnage. We can find a way to protect both, if we just have the courage to act.

Chuck Kalogianis, Trinity


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

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18

Sunday’s letters: Social media’s risk to children

Vlogger apologizes for sharing suicide video | Jan. 3Social media’s risk to childrenThe recent story about vlogger Logan Paul apologizing for his video on YouTube of a body hanging in a suicide forest in Japan has me deeply concerned. As a fifth-...
Published: 01/06/18

Monday’s letters: On energy, nation should look forward, not backward

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Don’t go backward on U.S. energyThinking the threat of oil drilling off our beautiful coasts was off the table, again it raises its ugly head.Interestingly, from 2005-15 the U.S. reliance on petroleum imports fell f...
Published: 01/05/18

Saturday’s letters: Stop the attack on our environment

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Stop attack on the environmentThe Trump administration’s attacks on the environment go even beyond the president’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of global warming.First, President Donald Trump seemed woefully i...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18