Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: More politicians should follow Crist's lead

Practical governing, not party ideology | Sept. 5, editorial

More should follow Crist's lead

I am a practical person. When others suggest a "big picture" goal, I am there to say, "Great idea. Now how are we going to accomplish it?"

So, I agree with the Times' editorial on Charlie Crist's decision to leave the Republican Party and become an independent. Opportunist? I prefer to call him a pragmatist: someone whose former party's current ideas and values are no longer in sync with his own. This doesn't mean he, or any of us, has to agree completely with the party line or platform to align ourselves with one party or the other — or neither party, in Crist's case — but rather that we agree with enough of the platform to support that particular party.

In fact, I'm surprised more politicians from either party don't do what Charlie Crist or Lincoln Chafee or Joe Lieberman did. There are plenty of moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats whose philosophies or world views are no longer in agreement with their respective parties. If more of them would align themselves with the parties that better speak to and for them, perhaps we'd have more cooperation among all of them. Or perhaps not. But to me, at least, it's refreshing to see.

Diane Kornick, Clearwater

Democratic National Convention

Poor role models

It is with great amusement that I take note that the Democratic National Committee, which has gone to great lengths to highlight its support of women's issues, chose as Wednesday night's leading speaker a serial philanderer, Bill Clinton.

Perhaps they should also have invited some of President Barack Obama's dear friends to also speak. For example, Brian Harrison, former CEO of Solyndra, could have spoken on creating jobs in the renewable energy field; Bill Ayers could have talked about preventing domestic terrorism; and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could have addressed religious freedom. What great role models these friends of the president are.

David Ingle, Oldsmar

Clinton turnabout

It is amazing how Bill Clinton feels about President Barack Obama now. A few years ago he was quoted as saying: "A few years ago, he (Obama) would be carrying our bags." Now it appears that Clinton feels that Obama could "walk on water" after his 48-minute speech. Now I wonder whose "pants are on fire"?

Ron Bowman, Dunedin

Perception and reality

Former President Bill Clinton awed the delegates at the Democratic convention during his appearance. Former President George W. Bush "skipped" the Republican convention. The Democrats embraced Clinton's eight years in office. The Republicans acted as if Bush's eight-year term did not exist.

The Democrats have said the recovery of our middle class began the day President Barack Obama took office. In the historical vacuum fostered by the Republicans, the demise of our society was born on the same date. The perception of reality can be so greatly altered when self-interest is implicated.

Arthur N. Eggers, Tampa

Voice vote fantasy

Probably few people actually watched the voice vote to amend the Democratic platform. Your blurb in the Notebook section — "the amendment to the platform was put to a voice vote by the convention chairman, who had to ask three times for 'aye' votes from the gathering before determining that the amendment had two-thirds majority" — was nearly as inane as watching it live. He "determined" it was two-thirds — seriously? Regardless of what many of the delegates wanted, some higher-ups in the Democratic Party realized that their platform (eliminating the mention of God or the capital of Israel as Jerusalem) would turn off and insult the majority of American voters.

If only they would have responded to the real majority of Americans who did not want government-controlled health care but got it anyway. If only they would have listened to the real majority of Americans who wanted the Keystone pipeline because it would create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil but didn't get it.

Carol Mathis, St. Petersburg

Campaign 2012

Unpunished liars

We are subject to arrest if we lie to a federal agent. We can be arrested for lying in court. We may lose our mortgage or job for lying on an application. Then explain why we do not arrest politicians or disqualify candidates for lying to the American public.

This is perhaps the only issue that is shared by both sides of the aisle.

Thomas Rizzo, Lithia

Toward compromise

After the two conventions, will each party forget the current attitude of "us against them" that is slowly destroying this country?

I suggest that all members of Congress take a long look at the paintings of the Continental Congress. They will not see those brave men separated by an aisle.

For a better exchange of ideas and solutions of this country's problems, I suggest that all members of Congress in both houses be seated in alphabetical order. It would go a long way in stopping the self-centered posturing and lying about the other party's motives. It even might bring back two forgotten words: civility and compromise.

Stephen Kaye, Lutz

U.S. health care wastes $750B yearly | Sept. 7

Consumers left in the dark

One reason why medical costs are out of sight is that they are out of sight. When I visit my doctor I have no idea of the procedure's cost. I merely pay my $10, $15 or $20 co-pay and that's the end of it. Insurance covers the balance of the charge, but I have no idea of the amount, nor have I any practical interest in it.

My physician, who is an employee of the large health care system, has no more idea of the total charge or practical interest in it than I because that is the sole responsibility of the system's billing department. There's no way or need to shop, or to compare cost with benefit. The charge can be arbitrary with no one the wiser, a guarantee of run-away costs.

Bud Tritschler, Clearwater


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Updated: 10 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

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....
Published: 12/13/17

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...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17