Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Saturday's letters: Don't spend tax money for ballpark

Sorry, kids, the parks and libraries are closed due to declining tax revenues, but if you'll forgo your allowances for the next four months, maybe we can save up and go to a Rays game at the tax-financed ballpark.

Why does anyone think it makes sense for a business (yes, sports teams are big business) to get tax dollars to build their stadium? Apparently, the task force thinks that about $400 million in taxes should go into a stadium rather than be used to improve our infrastructure and community. They try to justify it by saying there are no new taxes, but these same old taxes could do a lot of good elsewhere.

If this is acceptable, will Chuck Sykes ask us to pay for 60 to 80 percent of his next call center? Both are supposedly good for the economy since they create jobs, but if they really made economic sense then people would line up to invest their money in these projects. Instead, public financing is only a great deal for the owners — the public has to pay for their stadium and the public has to pay again to get into the stadium. I say: no return, no investment.

William Nye, Clearwater

Repair infrastructure

A baseball park is the last thing we should spend tax money on. Over the years, vital services and repairs to infrastructure have been cut or delayed to pay for tax cuts.

If we are to pay higher taxes, let us put the money where it is needed and not into a luxury like baseball. There already is a baseball park in St. Petersburg. Let the Rays make do with what they have. The economy is tough, and I can't afford baseball. I will be happy to help them pack if they want to go elsewhere.

Philipp Michel Reichold, Largo

Rubio doesn't know how old the Earth is Nov. 21, commentary

Senator should face facts

Should Florida have a senator sitting on the Senate science committee who thinks theologians are the source of science relative the age of the Earth? Now, I don't believe for one minute that Marco Rubio doesn't know the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, nor do I think he is ignorant of the dangers to Florida from rising sea levels.

That he would parse his words on such fundamental knowledge because of the politics is the real issue. One must infer he would ignore politically sensitive matters that 21st century scientists predict will bring catastrophic consequences. Worst of all, the state he represents is on the front line.

Michael Bartley, Fort Myers Beach

Dooley convicted of killing neighbor Nov. 20

Law's bitter fruit

Trevor Dooley has been convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of David James. This tragic death affected everyone from the victim's daughter to the greater Tampa Bay community.

I will not take issue with the verdict. I trust the jury based their decision on the evidence presented to them. My concern is Florida's "stand your ground" law. The chaos generated by this law is well-documented. I feel it emboldens even "solid" citizens to overreact. I doubt if any clear-thinking person would bring a gun into an argument over skateboarding if he didn't feel protected by this law. It needs to be clarified or repealed.

Otis Davis, Tarpon Springs

Degrees of uncertainty | Nov. 18-20

We need engineers

As a former university professor and department chair in the business and IT areas, I would like to pass on that if one chooses degrees in psychology, anthropology and poetry, especially in this job market, they truly should not expect job offers.

I'm curious as to whom these three had as advisers in high school and/or early college who led them down their chosen path. I expect they will find jobs eventually in positions that can be held by high school graduates.

The country needs engineers, IT and advanced business degrees. I wish them the best.

Arnold Glauser, Wesley Chapel

Black Friday

Lunacy on display

I was driving by the Best Buy in New Tampa on Tuesday night and witnessed the line of people waiting for Black Friday. They were sitting in lawn chairs and had pop-up tents set up for the cold night. It got me thinking about how silly this concept is, but mostly about how this is a reflection of the current state of our society.

Many of these folks will have been camped out for a week before the doors to their Oz are opened. They will then rush like maniacs, (some getting trampled) to save a few bucks on the most current electronics. They are not there to buy food for their families or other necessities of life, but electronics.

One must assume these people don't have jobs or are taking their vacation time to sit there all week. Does anyone else see the lunacy of this? Once again, the major retailers taking advantage of the weak-willed masses. Is this a great country or what?

Tom Parnell, Tampa

Rethinking robocalls | Nov. 17, editorial

Beyond their grasp

This item reminds me of a late 17th century inn in the north of England that is still a public house. Above the entrance, carved into the stone, is a sign that reads, "Free Ale Tomorrow." When the locals showed up, the landlord sent them outside to read the sign.

D. Thackray, St. Petersburg


Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18