Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Example fails: No guns in bars

More tragedies looming | July 31, letter

Example fails: No guns in bars

I take exception to the letter writer's fictional characterization of the "stand your ground" law.

Tourists and young professionals from abroad need not worry about the situation described, as all persons in the state of Florida, as well as in any other state I know of, who are permitted to carry a loaded weapon on their person, know they shall not under any circumstances carry that weapon within any establishment whose primary income is derived from the sale of alcohol.

This is the law, very reasonably, because of just the type of situation the letter writer describes. "Stand your ground" may not be invoked unless used according to all the laws and rules involved with concealed carry and the lawful use of weapons to defend oneself within the state of Florida.

Have there been instances where "stand your ground" has been abused? Maybe, however not to the degree stated by the anti-self defense crowd. I would bet this law has saved far more innocent people than is otherwise being claimed by the good Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Dream Team bunch.

Jay H. Love, Clearwater

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Acts of humility from the new pope | July 31

Speaking from the heart

In the spirit of universal ecumenicism, I would like to hear a huge "attaboy!" resound from all nations on behalf of Pope Francis.

In his recent casual remarks on gay priests, I believe he has uttered the five most profound words we've ever heard from any pope: "Who am I to judge?" Indeed. This is not only admirable humility, it's what the people have been trying to respectfully imply for the better part of 1,000 years. What a wonderful man, and what a joy to watch him move about and speak from his heart.

Jacque Bishop, St. Petersburg

Scott decries 'insult' to state | Aug. 1

Governor should apologize

I am a citizen of Florida, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson owes me no apology. Jackson sees the wrong in our current condition and calls for some common sense. Medicaid expansion: Gov. Rick Scott says no. "Stand your ground": Scott says it is fine. Low wages: Scott says work a few jobs.

Scott is like Gov. George Wallace blocking the doors. Scott blocks the doors for the elderly, the sick, the unemployed and the underemployed. Scott forbids common sense from entering Florida.

Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey

Uncovering legal sleaze in Tampa July 31, editorial

Poor judgment at the top

One of the most disturbing aspects in the aftermath of this whole phony DUI setup of attorney C. Philip Campbell Jr. was how quickly Tampa's police Chief Jane Castor leaped to defend Sgt. Ray Fernandez, and how clumsily she blatantly mischaracterized his role just after Campbell's wholly unjustified arrest.

Surely anyone could have deduced just from the news accounts that the involvement of Fernandez was more, and in this case a whole lot more, than just police business as usual. For Castor to claim initially that Fernandez was a "pawn" in the sleazy setup of attorney Campbell was poor judgment at best, and leaving him in his DUI supervisory role until now smacks of misplaced blind loyalty, especially given the involvement of Fernandez in the totally bogus DUI arrest of local political activist Al Fox just a month after the Campbell fiasco. In that case, the Hillsborough state attorney declined to press charges and Fox has announced his intention to file a federal suit against the Tampa Police Department alleging violation of his civil rights.

Castor should have removed Fernandez from any DUI involvement once the basic facts became abundantly clear following the Campbell arrest. Leaving him in a supervisory role now in the wake of the blistering review by Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe of this whole fiasco, and given Fernandez's role in the highly questionable DUI arrest of Fox, makes absolutely no sense.

The chief needs to act now to emphasize that her department's reputation will not be compromised by an officer who is seemingly being well-protected by the higher-ups at the TPD.

Joe McColloch, Tampa

On Obamacare, Rubio's data flawed | July 31

Misinformation campaign

If the Affordable Health Care Act is so terrible, why do Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio feel the only way to convince the public the act is bad is to lie about it?

If House Republicans truly object to the fiscal inefficiencies of the Affordable Care Act, how can they justify wasting the time and resources it has taken to vote dozens of times to repeal the act, knowing the legislation will not pass the Senate?

Raymond R. Campbell, St. Petersburg

Report: A-Rod in talks to shorten ban Aug. 1

Game's integrity gone

I have been a lifelong fan of the all-American game of baseball. I find it so disheartening that Major League Baseball would allow players to "negotiate" a plea deal and be allowed to continue playing baseball after using performance-enhancing drugs. What about the integrity of the game? And what about the fans? Is anyone taking into consideration what we think about this?

At the very least baseball should reinstate the greatest player of all, Pete Rose. At least he did nothing to "alter" his stats. I also believe that the stats of each of these drug-using players should be wiped clean. Make them all start over again, especially Alex Rodriguez, who was the worst offender of them all.

Janis Waters, Indian Rocks Beach

Eileen Brennan dies at 80 | July 31

Stellar performer

I watched the film Private Benjamin on Showtime many times when I was growing up, and Eileen Brennan did a great job playing Army Capt. Doreen Lewis in the film. She and her co-star, Goldie Hawn, both made me laugh. Private Benjamin was one of my favorite films.

Brennan was one of the greatest film actresses of all time.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach


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 ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18