Saturday, April 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: English is great major for job skills

Degrees of uncertainty | Nov. 18-20

English is great major for job skills

While the poet in the story seems like a nice guy, he doesn't represent most of the English (and creative writing) majors I know because they have all been able to find work. They hold jobs such as vice president in a software company, in banking, as Title I teachers, as social workers, as lawyers and, yes, as college professors.

English is a great major in which students learn how to think critically and creatively, how to assess an audience well and how to argue their points effectively. It is not a major for those who are not able to creatively apply the skills they learn to a variety of job situations.

While I was a graduate student in English and creative writing at FSU, I bemoaned my future difficulty finding work to a friend finishing his MBA. "You know," he said, "companies are hiring English majors and teaching them how to do business management because it's much harder to get business majors who can think and write clearly and critically."

The measure of success for English majors is not getting a job in Renaissance poetry ("get to work analyzing those sonnets!") but in the ways they use their skills in other areas.

Gregory Byrd, Clearwater

A return to science, sense and Rubio doesn't know how old the Earth is | Nov. 21

Importance of facts, reason

Congratulations on both your editorial on fluoride and the op-ed column on Sen. Marco Rubio.

It's downright frightening that Rubio sits on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and is considered a Republican front-runner in 2016.

Your pieces are a triumph of logic, reason and the truth. These are the foundations of American greatness — past, present and, hopefully, future.

Edward Bocchino, Tampa

Middle school knowledge

Kudos to astronomer Phil Platt, who lashed out at Sen. Marco Rubio for his "fuzzy" answers to a question regarding the age of the Earth. How unfortunate that a U.S. senator not only lacks a basic understanding and appreciation for science and its relevance to our economy, but also cannot distinguish between biblical liturgy and accepted scientific facts.

As a substitute middle school teacher, I can tell you that most middle schoolers know more about the age of the Earth that Rubio does, because I have asked them that question many times. I always get a much better answer than his, "It's one of the great mysteries."

For a senator who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, you would think Rubio was as well-informed on Earth science as a middle-schooler. But apparently he is not.

Stephen Feldman, Valrico

Degrees of uncertainty | Nov. 18-20

Working my way up

I appreciated the article by Lane DeGregory following a young woman trying to find work after graduating from college.

I graduated from a prestigious college but could not find a job. I finally took a low-paying job to pay for my student loan and my rent. I left that job for slightly higher pay. I finally got a fantastic job with my work experience and my college education.

I feel sorry for college grads with high expectations as they pursue the American dream. Just getting any job in this economy is a very hard thing to do.

I hope President Barack Obama encourages companies to return jobs that have been outsourced to other countries. I also hope he does not give illegal aliens amnesty when so many Americans can't find work.

Jenny Leith, New Port Richey

Persistent graduates

As a recent USF college graduate who has struggled to find work, I am disturbed by the recent features about the New College graduates. I hope that readers will not take these graduates as representative of the culture of all unemployed/underemployed young degree holders.

There are many like me who are willing to put in the effort required to succeed, including working multiple low-paying jobs, sending out hundreds of resumes and understanding that unrealistic expectations can interfere with opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Don't lump these New College graduates in with the rest of us.

Russell Shackle, Largo

The rotten cherry atop sleaze sundae Nov. 20, Daniel Ruth column

Good work

When Daniel Ruth joined the Times a few years back, my first reaction was: Hooray, the Times just got the best of the Tampa Tribune.

Dan proved my point in this column about the Bubba/Buckhorn fracas.

I've read Ruth for a long time, and this is his best work since the heyday of the Rev. Henry Lyons.

Keep up the good work.

Ken Lynam, Dunedin

He always relished life's small details Nov. 11, Epilogue

A fitting tribute

We would like to thank Andrew Meacham for the thoughtful Epilogue he did on Henry Brommelsick. Much like Henry, it was fact-filled, with a touch of humor.

Many family members, friends, and former co-workers commented on how they enjoyed the story and how well it captured his personality.

The Brommelsick family, Largo

Retreat from the beach | Nov. 16, commentary

Senseless rebuilding

Orrin H. Pilkey's article is right on. How long before we give up this foolishness of building a few feet from the water and even building on "barrier islands"? We spend millions of dollars to move sand around over and over again. Do we need to be hit in the head with a two-by-four for it to sink in? Or just another major catastrophic storm? There needs to be some sort of building restriction in place: Perhaps one "wipeout" and you are done and have to move back from the water.

G.G. Williams, St. Petersburg

Citizens' dirty laundry | Nov. 21

Clean house

It is time to clean house at Citizens. Ongoing problems with this continuously embroiled group of executives show no sign of improvement. Bring in professionals to do the job that requires professional expertise. Florida taxpayers deserve better than what is being delivered by a bunch of unprofessionals.

Austin R. Curry, Tampa


Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18