Tuesday, June 19, 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


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 ...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18