Thursday, November 23, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Cyrus is to blame for raunchy act


Don't blame Miley | Aug. 27

Cyrus is to blame for raunchy act

The headline on this article should be an embarrassment to both the writer and your newspaper. This kind of attitude is what is wrong with our society and our country. If Miley Cyrus isn't to blame, who is? Did someone force her to dress and perform as she did? Was she under threat for her life to cause her to act so disgustingly? No.

We have become a society that overlooks and accepts anyone's actions with the explanation that it is someone else's fault. This approach is demonstrated from the current president's administration on down.

Not taking responsibility for one's actions only teaches children that it is okay to do whatever they want and we will overlook it because someone else caused them to act that way.

There should be no more excuses and free passes. The local judge who recently was charged with DUI demonstrated a lesson from which we should all learn. She willingly admitted her mistake, took full responsibility for her actions, and accepted the consequences of her wrongdoing without hesitation.

Jim Rechtin, Tampa

U.S. builds a case to act | Aug. 27

Keep our military out

The last thing America needs is to become embroiled in Syria. It could lead to another multiyear involvement or war in a country where Islamists hate America, leading to retaliation on our soil and costing American taxpayers billions.

For America, if anything, the use of sanctions that would hurt Syria economically should be our only involvement, not another war under the guise of a police action that could cost more American lives.

If military action is needed, let the United Nations use their forces exclusively for a change.

Richard Valentine, Palm Harbor

Let the Syrians settle it

And now we want to go to Syria, and save whom?

Since the Korean War, the United States has spent precious lives and resources to accomplish next to nothing. Our roads and bridges are in disrepair. We have hungry children and too many young people who can't afford a college education. Yet we throw away billions to unappreciative people who hate us.

Let the Sunnis and the Shiites settle their own battles. We have plenty of problems in our own backyard that need precious resources.

William J. Dixon, Odessa

Put U.S. interests first

It is not our place to attempt to "punish" Syria for using chemical weapons on its populace. President Barack Obama made a huge strategic error when he responded to a question about the use of those weapons with his "red line" comment. Now we are trapped into useless action.

Did Syria attack the United States or its citizens? No. Did they attack an ally with whom we have a mutual defense treaty? No. Are they trying to take over another country? No.

I am far from a pacifist, but tossing a few cruise missiles into Syria will have as much impact as when President Bill Clinton responded the same way to Osama bin Laden's attacks on the U.S. embassies.

We need a foreign policy that meets the strategic interests of the United States and its citizens, not one that is driven by foreign interest groups that manipulate the United States into acting on their behalf.

If this is such a big deal, let the Turks or Saudis respond. After all it is their region and they can use all those weapons that they bought from us.

Jeffrey Hausman, Tarpon Springs

Rubio travels on fundraising trail | Aug. 28

Senator needed at home

I must be missing something, as I presumed that during the Senate recess our senators were coming back to their states to meet with the citizens who elected them to hear the issues that concern them: the economy, job creation, the Affordable Care Act, housing, etc.

It appears that Sen. Marco Rubio is more intent on raising money for himself by traveling across the country, from Boston to California. He met with Mark Zuckerberg, who supports immigration reform, and then had a fundraiser in Monterrey where people paid up to $2,600 for a picture and $5,200 to sit with him for dinner. Must have been interesting table talk.

Now it appears that he will be campaigning with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who wants to regulate our bedrooms.

When is Rubio going to talk to his constituents and find out what we need and want him to fight for in the Senate? Many other senators are holding "town hall" meetings. What is the senator's problem?

Rosanne Paris, Palm Harbor

Voters sink Lens | Aug. 28

Attractions attract

I realize being from Tampa I have no say in the Pier situation. However, given the defeat of the Lens on Tuesday, I have a suggestion. The two most successful piers in the country are probably the Santa Monica Pier and Navy Pier in Chicago. Both have the same concept: fun things to do, rides, food, games, etc. And both are always crowded. Perhaps "leaders" of St. Petersburg could pay them a visit and learn something.

Pete Klingler, Tampa

Build a boardwalk

One of my fondest memories is of vacationing in Wildwood, N.J., and visiting that city's boardwalk. It's typically packed in the summer with tourists and residents — walking, biking, taking the shuttle — visiting game booths, food vendors, restaurants and carnival rides.

A boardwalk in place of the pier would get much more usage than a Lens that you maybe visit once; land and amenity costs would be lower; and I'm sure that many vendors would pay a license fee and rent to be part of a destination such as that.

Dennis Miller, Brandon

Go for Common Core for the common good Aug. 26

Teaching over testing

Thank you for publishing Charles Blow's insightful essay on education. As a former educator, I found it right on the money.

He spoke of the folly of prioritizing testing over teaching, punishment over preparation, and the very necessary effort to attract and support great teachers.

Any student will tell you that the right teacher makes all the difference in the world.

Victoria Najjar, Oldsmar


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17