Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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


Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17