Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Lincoln Electric is model for the future

The spark when workers come first | April 15, Robyn Blumner column

Company is a model for future

I was heartened to read Robyn Blumner's column about the U.S. company, Lincoln Electric, and how employees will never face layoffs due to a lack of work after they have passed a three-year probation period.

To quote Blumner, "There's not much appetite for this Lincoln Electric model, even if it demonstrates that productivity soars, turnover plummets and a sense of teamwork pervades."

After viewing The Hunger Games, I felt very strongly that it was a metaphor for something that is already happening in today's world, and I think Blumner found that connection in stating that corporate executives "want the freedom to treat people as just another expense, easily expendable."

Transformation of the corporate world will only happen as thinking and feeling individuals in seats of power recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every human being and how we are all part of an interconnected web of existence.

This idea surpasses all national, cultural and religious boundaries and is surely an idea whose time has come.

Barbara Bedingfield, Largo

Young black male | April 15

Sending a signal

I found the remarks made by the young men very enlightening, especially the ones by Joshua Nichols. Many young people want to express themselves in different ways to show others they are individuals, or members of a group, and can do as they please. But as this young man says, what you do sends out a signal — just make sure it isn't the wrong signal. This is a big mistake made by many in today's world.

Robert Petrosky, Spring Hill

Congress targets racial profiling | April 18

Facts form perceptions

In a perfect world we would be attuned to the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr. and judge a man by the content of his character.

In the real world it is statistics that form perception.

Statistics show that the majority of terror attacks have been carried out by radical Muslims. The rest of the Muslim community bears the fallout.

Statistics show that a disproportionate number of crimes are carried out by young black males. The rest of the black community bears the fallout.

Statistics show that many Hispanic farmworkers are here illegally. The rest of the Hispanic community bears the fallout.

Congress can legislate all it wants, but it cannot change the reality: The underlying statistics must change before the perceptions change.

Laura Harris, Brandon

Republican National Convention

Grounds for argument

I intend to demonstrate peaceably at the coming Republican National Convention in Tampa, but I am afraid that, if I enter into a discussion that morphs into a contention and then possibly an argument, that my adversary, primed by some slick attorney who has informed him that "standing your ground" is verbal as well as literal, will shoot me because he is "losing his ground" in the argument, whereas I am not even allowed to carry a plastic water gun to give him a soaking in return. Should I be worried?

Paul Thomas, Largo

Fuel costs

Expand natural gas use

UPS, FedEx, GM, Frito-Lay and a plethora of other companies are asking Congress to implement an energy plan that would expand the use of natural gas for the heavy-duty trucking industry. Fuel costs are skyrocketing; therefore operating expenses are skyrocketing. These costs will eventually have an adverse effect on the U.S. economy and the American people.

Recently, the U.S. Senate rejected natural gas legislation for heavy-duty trucks. The Republican mantra was, "We can't pick winners and losers." And yet that is exactly what they did. They chose diesel over natural gas. They chose OPEC and foreign oil over American companies by choosing to keep tax subsidies in place for big oil and snubbing subsidies for natural gas.

Our dependence on foreign oil is a national security issue. American military personnel are in harm's way protecting our addiction supply lines. We should support energy independence.

Doug McClaugherty, Sarasota

Turning clock back to when women's rights were honored | April 19, commentary

Abortion treated callously

I was taken aback by the callousness in Susan Heath's recounting of her abortion. The decision to terminate a pregnancy must be difficult. Unfortunately, the casualness expressed in the column failed to leave that impression on me.

The continuing availability of choice seemed to be her main point. To be sure, Roe vs. Wade is settled law and should remain so. The decisions that are made within those confines are for those directly involved with the situation. Living with the ramifications of any decision should be a private matter.

If one chooses to share the experience outside of a personal memoir, then all aspects including any spirituality or moral considerations affecting the decision should also be related. Otherwise the gravity with which such individual choices are to be made is somehow lessened.

Wayne Logsdon, Hernando

Inquiry looks at Rays' future | April 19

Let them talk

Why shouldn't Hillsborough County be allowed to talk relocation with the Rays? It's patently obvious that St. Petersburg has no use for our baseball team. The mayor stands at the castle moat clutching a contract that he brandishes like a sword. The city attorney flings more veiled threats than a meeting of the Five Families.

The Tampa Bay Rays have shown love for St. Petersburg. The city of has returned this affection with the back of its hand.

Gary West, St. Petersburg

Campaign 2012

Leftward, march

All in Thursday's issue: Adam Smith's negative Mitt Romney column, Maureen Dowd's negative Ann Romney column, PolitiFact Florida's negative Rick Scott article, Susan Heath's proabortion column and three anti-GOP letters to the editor.

The Times is really kicking off the political season in a fair and balanced way.

Daniel Pennisi, Palm Harbor

Progress Energy

Money-saving tip

Progress Energy has been saturating the airwaves with an oh-so-upbeat commercial touting their ability to help us save money with their energy-saving services. Progress Energy, you want to help us save money? Pay for your own botched nuclear plant construction scheme.

Terri Benincasa, Palm Harbor


Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18