Monday, May 28, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Another sign of poor Florida economy

Tampa one of 10 'emptiest' cities | July 20

New sign of poor Florida economy

It is sad to see both Tampa and Orlando make CNBC's list of the Top 10 Emptiest Cities. No good can come from such a designation, which reflects how hard hit a metropolitan area has been by the housing crisis. Having these two cities on the list is yet another sign of the continued weakness in our state's economy.

It did not have to be this way. These two cities bookend the I-4 corridor and should be benefiting from $2 billion in federal high-speed rail spending, a much-needed boost for Florida contractors, design professionals and small business owners. However, instead of accepting these federal funds, our governor refused these dollars while turning his back on years of planning, willing private sector partners and numerous elected leaders representing both parties. When business said yes, Rick Scott said no. Now other states are spending these federal funds on projects that are less "shovel-ready" than ours. It's a loss-loss when we could have had a win-win.

With this "backwards" thinking in Tallahassee, I expect that there are more dubious lists in our future. Once again — it did not have to be this way.

Kevin Jarman, Tampa

Why conservatives are happier than liberals July 15

Happy to be 'sad'

Arthur Brooks states at the end of his column that tea party adherents are the happiest of all, which "some moderately liberal readers of this newspaper might find quite depressing." As one of those moderate readers, I found this column not depressing but astounding.

My wife and I have a large number of tea party supporters in our extended family, and I must say these are the most aggrieved individuals we know. We are overwhelmed by divisive emails we continually receive from them. If this sort of behavior forges happiness, I look forward to a long and very "sad" life.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach

Covering the universe's mass | July 15

Beginning of the boson

By now, many people know that the Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, a physicist at Edinburgh University. But what is a boson? A boson, along with the fermion (named after Enrico Fermi), is one of the two fundamental classes of subatomic particles. There is no limit to the number of bosons that can occupy the same quantum state.

The boson derives its name from Satyendranath Bose, an Indian physicist, who in 1924 sent a paper on quantum statistics to Albert Einstein. Einstein, recognizing that Bose's paper had profound implications for physics, had it published in a German journal. Bose's innovation came to be known as Bose-Einstein statistics, and became a basis for quantum physics. His study changed the way particle physics has been studied ever since.

The work done by Bose and Einstein, later added to by Higgs, led to this pioneering discovery.

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Clearwater

Affordable Care Act

Unfair consequences

My son is a senior at the University of Tampa. Up until this year we could decline the university health care if he was covered under our policy. My wife and I are both union employees who are covered by a good insurance policy.

Now UT has decided that regardless of our policy my son will still have to pay $690 for coverage that is not needed. They even state in a letter that it is due to the Affordable Care Act. I find it hard to believe that President Barack Obama wanted college kids to spend money they don't have to.

Dominick Lorusso, Toms River, N.J.

For Tampa, biking could be a group affair July 19

Yabba dabba don't

You have to be kidding. Tampa's answer to transporting Republican conventiongoers is to send them out in foot-pedaled, open-air golf carts in the August heat (not to mention thunderstorms).

What's next? Zip lines to take people to and from hotels and the convention center? The only thing missing is the Fred Flintstone car.

Sharon Stiner, Tampa


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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