Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Share road safely with motorcyclists

Share road safely with motorcycles

I ride a motorcycle and am very careful when riding, but I can tell you that it infuriates me to see so many people (not just teenagers) texting instead of paying attention. Or, they weave in and out of traffic or speed just to cut in front of you.

I have lost five friends over the past six months to motorcycle accidents because someone wasn't looking and paying attention. If you are going to drive a car, leave your cellphone alone, pay attention to the traffic and stop speeding. Don't drive or ride while impaired and pay attention to the road. No texting, putting on make-up, reading for work, etc. And, stop speeding. The store will not run out of the item, and if they do, get a rain check.

Watch where you are going. We can all share the road safely.

Terri Kirchner, Hudson

Donate money instead of goods

Tons of relief items donated by well-meaning citizens are headed for the hurricane-stricken region in the Northeast. But, if past storm efforts hold true, much of the donated goods will end up rotting.

Warehouse space is at a premium because many buildings sustained heavy damage. Power remains out in numerous communities. Transportation is poor at best making distribution of goods very difficult. When things return to normal, tons of donated goods will end up in landfills.

This is why relief agencies prefer you donate money and let them distribute it to the storm victims to buy what they need. It may make you feel good to send clothing and other items to the stricken but it does them no good if they can't be distributed and end up being hauled to the dump.

John Ennis, Hudson


Wednesday’s letters: Don’t step on local government

Constitution Revision Commission Proposal 95Proposal steps on local controlThe Constitution Revision Commission’s seriously wrongheaded Proposal 95 states that local governments "may only regulate commerce, trade or labor occurring specifically withi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Do you have a gold star yet?

Do you have a gold star on your Florida driver’s license, and are you REAL ID compliant?Florida is a federal REAL ID compliant state, which means that driver’s license and identification cards here meet federal law as to security standards and confir...
Published: 01/22/18

Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

Trump’s sanity grades | Jan. 19, commentaryAn inept journalistic diagnosisI was worried the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t find someone qualified to rebuke the findings of noted physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. To the rescue came the brilliant Gail Collins...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/22/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18