Sunday, February 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Saturday's letters: Tampa Bay attracts young professionals

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay

Tampa draws young professionals

This week, Tampa was listed at No. 19 in Forbes' annual list of America's best cities for young professionals. This national recognition is a culmination of the efforts started in 2004 with the launch of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay.

Before the founding of ELTB, Deanne Dewey Roberts, chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, saw the need for an initiative to recruit and retain talent in the greater Tampa Bay area, as our best and brightest were leaving to go to cities perceived to be a better marketplace than Tampa Bay.

For 13 years we've worked to support, cultivate and attract emerging leaders, ages 21-35, by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities and community partnerships. We do this by helping our members find their voice in the community, grow as young professionals, connect with nonprofits and interact with other like-minded individuals looking to be successful in Tampa Bay.

The four committees that make up ELTB — professional development, public policy, community outreach and membership — provide opportunities for young professionals to hone their leadership skills and to start the process of becoming the next generation of business leaders in Tampa Bay. Our flagship mentor-protege program provides an opportunity for a young professional to be matched with a local executive.

The Forbes recognition puts a spotlight on what many of us have known for years: that our region is a great place to live, work and play and an ideal place for young professionals to start and grow their careers.

Jeff Chernoff, chair, Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, Tampa


Not getting the job done

We recently learned that the Florida Legislature could not come to an agreement on several issues, hence will likely need to schedule another session at taxpayers' expense. Really? Per the report, we would pay for their return transportation (mostly via air), plus hotel and meals. This is not fair.

If these folks can't resolve issues in the more than ample time allowed, they need to pay their own expenses to return to Tallahassee. Why should we foot the bill for their inability to legislate for the people? These roadblocks are along party lines. They need to grow up and do their jobs.

Martha Harris, Port Richey

Media doing harm to nation | May 23, letter

Honest reporting

The writer complains that the media "should just report factual news." This is true; it should. That is because the alternative is to report lies. There is either truth or there are lies.

Many Donald Trump supporters equate any and all negative news about the man they so revere to be lies, or "fake news." However, chaos surrounds our new president and it is impossible to objectively view most of it in any positive manner. He is a train wreck, and when a train wreck occurs it is impossible to report, or spin, the event into anything other than what it is — a disaster. The lie would be to say that the train wreck is a success.

Even his own administration is finding it difficult to find a way to report his actions as coherent and positive. Furthermore, Trump thrives on the attention of the loathed media. If he needs a fix, he will make an outlandish remark on Twitter, ensuring media coverage.

He doesn't seem to differentiate between positive and negative reinforcement. It simply needs to involve him. The populace, liberal or otherwise, deserves better. We need a president interested in governing, not his ratings.

Vickie Weiss, Treasure Island

Gross misinformation

I realize that as a fair and responsible newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times has an obligation to publish letters to the editor that represent the diverse views of its readership.

Still, I was dismayed to see the letter from this writer espousing views that are so extreme, so beyond the mainstream, and so outside the views of our community and the public at large that it defies reality.

Yes, some media outlets lean left (e.g., MSNBC) and some lean right (e.g., Fox News), but to accuse the media of treason and of committing atrocities because they don't conform to this letter writer's world view defies logic.

Amid the gross misinformation perpetrated by the real "fake news" outlets, such as Breitbart and Alex Jones, the good news is that we live in a free country where even the extremely misinformed are allowed to have their say. What's sad is that people believe them.

Diane Kornick, Clearwater

Trump eases tone on Islam | May 22

Article was a hit piece

This article was the definition of a hit piece, going to dishonest lengths to attack the president. I will be the first to criticize the president when I have a qualm with his actions or policies, but this article was just blatantly dishonest.

It criticizes President Donald Trump for not using the phrase "radical Islamic extremism" in his Saudi speech after having criticized President Barack Obama for not using the same phrase. However, the article goes on to state that Trump did use the phrases "Islamic extremism," "Islamists" and "Islamic terror." To make this criticism is to either miss the point or is the most dishonest thing I have seen in the media in some time. Trump criticized Obama not because Obama didn't recognize that they were radical, but because Obama refused to admit the fact that they were Islamic.

This hit piece just goes to show why the media is so out of touch with the American people. The people know that Islamic extremists are radical. They didn't need the president to recognize that. What they did need was a president who understood that dealing with an Islamic threat is different than dealing with virtually any other threat. Whether Trump recognizes that or not remains to be seen, but it all starts with recognizing that our enemy is in fact Islamic. One thing seems clear, and that is that the media will continue to play the semantics game until the people no longer trust them.

Nick Martin, Valrico


Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18