Saturday, June 23, 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


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18