Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Faithful must follow church's teachings

Health care, faith and contraception | Feb. 8, commentaries

Faithful must follow teachings

Catholics cannot pick and choose what to believe or practice. We must follow the pope. Like most Catholic couples, we struggled with the issue of contraception. We decided to follow the pope. The result is three prolife Catholic physicians in the Tampa Bay Area: our sons.

Oral contraceptives, Depoprovera, Norplant, IUDs and the morning-after pill are all abortifacients. We own a pharmacy and do not sell any contraceptives.

It all comes to the point: Who is going to be in the driver's seat of your life? You or God?

Carmen M. Cartaya, Tampa

Cafeteria Catholic

I am offended by Roy Peter Clark's attack on the Catholic Church. He is a perfect example of what are called "cafeteria Catholics." They choose what they want to believe and discard and/or protest what they don't.

The church has always taught that the use of any means of artificial contraception that renders procreation impossible is "intrinsically evil." Either one is Catholic or one is not; one either believes all that the church teaches or one cannot call himself Catholic.

Mary E. Blum, Largo

There are bigger issues

Bishop Robert Lynch has chosen to emulate the GOP. Whenever a question arises that the church doesn't have an answer to, it attacks abortion and gay marriage.

Is the bishop concerned about the symposium held last week in Rome about possible pedophiles in the priesthood? This is a subject the U.S. branch of the church seems to avoid.

Robert Spencer, Clearwater

A community organizer Feb. 5, Robyn Blumner column

Eye-opening column

This is a word of praise and appreciation to Robyn Blumner, whose articles I almost always read and mostly like but sometimes disagree with. I especially appreciated this one on Saul Alinsky because I had previously known virtually nothing about the man. It seemed that whenever I had heard his name invoked (which wasn't very often), it was always done with such vehement vituperation and disdain that I actually believed the man was a communist if not downright un-American.

What an eye-opener this column was to me, and I hope to a lot of other people who shared my ignorance. Moreover, the article was truly an inspiration that made me long for such a leader in our time.

Ralph N. Madison Jr., St. Petersburg

Proposal triggers power struggle | Feb. 6

Empowering parents

I understand change is difficult. But this is the right thing to do. We must make hard choices that put our students first. The Parent Empowerment Act is part of that goal.

For Rita Solnet to indicate, as she did in your article, that Florida's parents aren't knowledgeable enough to make the right decisions, is insulting. She's also wrong about those who were in attendance when this bill went through the first committees. During the first week of session, several parents who supported this bill traveled to Tallahassee to personally testify on behalf of this important legislation. Through emails and phone calls, they demanded real improvement in our schools. Real parental involvement must play a part.

I support this act, because I want what is best for the children. If parents don't know what is going on, they can't get involved and make a difference.

Teachers and parents, Democrats and Republicans, administrators and community leaders — when we are on the same team, everyone wins.

Jodi Dastur, Tampa

Mitt Romney

Frayed safety net

Mitt Romney isn't concerned about the very poor because of our country's "safety net."

I'm a 64-year-old disabled woman. I don't consider myself to be very poor, but I can't make ends meet. I send so much money to pharmacies and doctors and Medicare that I have to get food at a food pantry. If that's the safety net Romney's referring to, maybe he can send me some money for the ride to the food pantry, because I can't afford that either.

This guy is so out of touch that he can't feel what's happening to us.

Frances Duke, Tampa

To Sen. Storms: Let them eat cake Feb. 8, Sue Carlton column

Benefits with conditions

While I am no fan of government injecting itself into the lives of the citizenry, I differ with Sue Carlton's thinking.

Food stamps are a benefit given under statute to those who qualify. Why shouldn't there be guidelines determining how those funds are spent?

The WIC (women, infants and children) program, which gives food assistance to pregnant women and young children, has very tight restrictions about how those funds are spent and I've never heard any criticism.

It's not about governing the lives of anyone but rather how well public resources are allocated.

Will Walton, St. Petersburg

Smokers light up to test bans | Feb. 8

Local officials know best

The American Lung Association is fighting for healthy air so everyone can breathe easier. We strongly support efforts to provide local governments the authority to regulate smoking for their own communities.

Currently, the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits local governments from passing ordinances that are stronger than the state law. But the act should set the minimum standard, not the ceiling. Because of an attorney general's opinion, local governments are hesitant to address protecting people from the hazards of secondhand smoke in outdoor areas.

Bills introduced this legislative session would expand local authority. We support these bills and encourage our legislators to do the same. Florida needs to do more in protecting our residents and visitors from the hazards of secondhand smoke. Give the authority back to the people who know their communities the best. Allow our local governments the power to regulate smoking.

Brenda Olsen, American Lung Association in Florida, Tallahassee

Behind a veil of transparency | Feb. 5

Bias on all sides

In the interest of fairness, have you never heard of George Soros throwing tons of money to leftist causes and his "unbiased" think tanks?

Al Goldman, Tampa


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18