Sunday, June 24, 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

Comments

Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18