Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to tbt*: Stop whining about the tax on Amazon producs

Re: Amazon will collect sales tax beginning May 1 (tbt* April 17)

Really? People aren't going to buy books because they'll be a dollar more? People really don't want to pay taxes, do they?

Sure, I don't agree with everything the government does with tax money, but surely some good will be done with the extra revenue. If any state ever needed more money, it's Florida. Maybe someone like my sister might get a little extra money so she can get a new wheelchair or physical therapy. Unbelievable!

When you buy online, think of the gas you're saving by not driving to the store. I know times are tight for some people, including me, but if you can afford to shop, you can afford to pay a little more for a book or whatever.

Aren't there more important things to complain about in this day and age?

Kenny Weliever, Temple Terrace

Presumed guilty

Re: Are we men or are we pigs? (email to the editor, April 18)

So, I guess email writer Pete Malinchock wants to forgo the judicial system and convict Jameis Winston of rape, all because he feels women's rights are not up to par in America (which they're not, for the record; that is not the point of this rebuttal).

Was this case handled improperly? Probably. Did Jameis Winston do anything wrong? Maybe, maybe not. Did the state prosecutor's office feel they had enough evidence to support a charge? No. Therefore he wasn't, because this is how our judicial system works. 

Allow me to replace Malinchock's overused shock question of "What if the female being raped (not confirmed by any evidence or trial conviction, in this case) was your mother, your wife, your sister or your daughter (of which I have one, for the record)?" with this one: What if you, Mr. Malinchock, were sent to prison for 20 years for a crime, sent there without a conviction stemming from a trial that was held under the laws of the United States judicial system?

Maybe we're "pigheaded,'' Malinchock wrote. Maybe he's ignorant.

Chad Andre, Riverview

Lazy pedestrians

Re: Stop the jaywalking (email to the editor, April 17)

I am one of those drivers that traffic engineers say would be inconvenienced by safety improvements to Hillsborough Avenue. The only inconvenience that I have seen so far is almost getting hit, or hitting another car, because some idiot can't use a crosswalk. It isn't just the teens; it's the parents as well who teach their children that it's okay to dart through traffic to cross the road.

Yesterday I was almost hit at 22nd and Hillsborough because someone stepped out into traffic from the median. She was only 15 feet from the crosswalk! Have we become such a lazy society that we can't walk a few extra feet to be safe?

If you refuse to use a crosswalk because it would be too inconvenient, you are taking your life into your own hands. The taxpayer should not have to fit the bill for extra lighting, signals, etc., because of laziness.

Ben Hunter, Tampa

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Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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