Monday, April 23, 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: 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 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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

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

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18