Monday, March 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Food resources available for poor parents

No child should start school day hungry | Aug. 27, Bill Maxwell column

Parents must take responsibility

Bill Maxwell's column regarding hungry schoolchildren is absolutely correct. In the past, he has not been afraid to point out that he believes many of our youth are failing in school or getting in trouble with the law due to a lack of care or guidance at home.

I find fault with any parent or guardian who would allow their young child to go to school with no breakfast. Pinellas County schools now offer free breakfasts in addition to the opportunity for reduced-price lunches.

For families struggling economically, the WIC program (Women, Infants and Children) is available for purchasing staple food products. There is no excuse for parents not to feed their children. I only hope that the audience that needed to read Maxwell's column saw it.

Elizabeth Fehr, St. Petersburg

Norquist talks politics at USFSP | Aug. 30

Republican Party's war on what it calls 'parasites'

Grover Norquist, one of the Republican puppet masters attending the Republican National Convention last week, made it perfectly clear that the Republican Party has declared war on the middle class and the poor of America.

In explaining the differences between Republicans and Democrats, he categorized Democrats as "competing parasites who want money from the federal government." So, if you are a senior citizen on Social Security and Medicare, you are a parasite. If you are poor and you are on Medicaid and need food stamps to feed yourself and family, you are a parasite. Or if you have lost your job and need to collect unemployment insurance until you can find another one, you are a parasite.

Norquist also made it clear that Republicans stand for deregulation, so the CEOs can go back to cheating the public, and for lower taxes — especially for the rich.

That's what I call a clear choice.

Chuck Wolowitz, Largo


History of opposition

It's laughable for Republicans to now tout themselves as the ones who will "save Medicare." Republicans have always opposed Medicare — even before the Democrats passed it into law. Ronald Reagan recorded speeches on vinyl records in the 1960s that warned that Medicare would be "socialized medicine."

So don't believe the GOP when they say they want to "save Medicare" — which really is another way of saying they want to turn it over to their friends in the health insurance companies.

Michelle Kenoyer, Riverview

'2016: Obama's America'

Get the facts

The documentary 2016: Obama's America is being given little attention by the mainstream media, but it should be required viewing for every U.S. voter.

It is based on President Barack Obama's book Dreams From My Father, with specific examples via conversations with primary sources like Obama's half-brother, who still resides in Kenya. This film gives the viewer a clear perspective of Obama's worldview.

Marilyn Renner, Dunedin

Republican National Convention

Divide and conquer

The divide and conquer message at the RNC was nothing new. This strategy, with slight twists in formula to fit the times, has been used since I started voting in the late '60s and has proven to sway many a voter. High points stated or implied in the message include:

• We, the Republicans, are the winners in life and America will be better off with winners leading the country.

• You, too, can join our winning club. Align the wealthy with the middle class and get all warm and fuzzy about our common heritage, e.g., we come from humble immigrant backgrounds and our families worked hard, just like yours, to reach the American Dream.

• Some people cannot join our club. Infer that the people at the economic bottom are losers, are to blame for their plight and we, the winners, are not obliged to help "those lazy poor people" whose American Dream is just to get a handout.

• The current president is the only thing in the way of each of us reaching our American Dream. He is one of those people wanting not only to give handouts to the losers, but who really wants to turn America into a socialist nation.

• Won't it be better to let us handle things? After all, we have the money. We don't need big government telling us what we can and can't do to reach our goals. It can be a very dangerous world out there. It is best to have people like us watching out and helping us all to reach our American Dream.

Renne Proulx, St. Petersburg

Mortgage relief arriving in mail | Aug. 30

No freebies

Darn it! I knew I shouldn't have put more than 20 percent down when I bought my house. I knew I should have bought a house I could not afford. And I knew I should have quit making my house payments. Now I don't get a freebie.

Why don't the banks (and the government) do something for the (many) people who have equity and make their payments? We vote too.

Larry Heinkel, St. Petersburg

Pinellas schools select leader | Aug. 29

Dress for success

Hopefully Mike Grego will work out well for the Pinellas County school system. The first thing he should do is change the dress code for teachers. If teachers look as though they are in charge, they will be better able to handle rowdy kids. At my former job, less work got done on casual Friday and went back to business dress. Productivity went up.

Kay Kelly, Clearwater

Hidden agendas | Aug. 30, letter

Business experience

A recent letter writer inveighed against Mitt Romney's business experience by saying all he did was "cherry-pick the best targets for corporate takeover." This misses some important points.

First, cherry-picking is a vast improvement over what the current administration does with borrowed money or your tax dollars. An examination of Solyndra shows the government shouldn't have invested a penny, let alone a half-billion dollars. Second, to know the difference between a cherry company and a lemon requires a deep understanding of business. With our economy, that level of knowledge would be good to have in a president.

Eric Greenbaum, Tampa


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
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18