Friday, November 17, 2017
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


Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17

Thursday’s letters: House bill not in patients’ best interests

Florida House Bill 81Bill not in patients’ best interestsFlorida legislators are considering a bill prohibiting hospitals and health plans from requiring board certified physicians to periodically demonstrate they are current with the latest advances...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/08/17