Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Privatization means cronyism

Prisons bill brings chaos | Feb. 2

Privatization means cronyism

It is an affront to voters of either party when they witness the corrupt underbelly of U.S. politics. In this instance, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos booted Sen. Mike Fasano for not supporting the party line and voting for what he believed was right.

Privatization is really a catchword for cronyism and moving state dollars to friends in the private sector. It exaggerates savings and too often creates more cost to the taxpayer. Worse than that, it crushes the careers of state employees who deserve better than to be caught up in partisan politics.

I laud Fasano and others who stand against the privatization of the state prison system. Voters should remember Haridopolos' action in the next election cycle.

Marc Yacht, Hudson

'Mitt' isn't short for middle class Jan. 29, Robyn Blumner column

Jobs, debt are real issues

The defining issues of our time are a failing economy, $16 trillion of debt, record-breaking unemployment, lagging growth, wage stagnation and a collapsed real estate market.

The so-called issue of rich against poor is simply a smokescreen being used by our president to deflect attention from his failed presidency. In his State of the Union speech, he offered no solutions or new ideas to help us deal with the real problems the country faces. Tax reform, Social Security and Medicare were barely touched upon. His speech was the same old rhetoric.

His presidency lacks leadership, something the country badly needs in such difficult times. As to Mitt Romney's tax situation, he had already paid 35 percent tax on his earned income. The 15 percent tax is what he paid on his investments. This is simply a nonissue.

Albert Romano, Tampa

Tampa Bay Times

Pinellas gets neglected

After all of your "happy talk" in the various sections of your New Year's Day edition and thereafter, trumpeting the new name Tampa Bay Times, this matter begs to be looked at from the overall reader's perspective.

The news in the Times has been substantially and systematically diluted from the days when the St. Petersburg Times essentially reported on Pinellas County news. The name change makes the dilution official and complete. We now have essentially the same size newspaper attempting to cover news in four counties. In trying to please everyone, the Times is pleasing few. It is obvious that the real motivation is advertising revenue in four counties with the news pages full of ads and additional inserts. It is a shameless cash grab.

Pinellas County subscribers find themselves reading articles about the Pasco County Commission or the Hernando School Board. While those are important subjects in those counties, they have squeezed out news in which Pinellas readers are interested. The local news is scant, and the following of Pinellas high school teams is almost nonexistent, especially the box scores. Now only parents of athletes and coaches have the incentive to find the online postings of the box scores as opposed to the Pinellas community following its local high school teams and athletes by one's morning scan of the newspaper with breakfast and coffee.

Let the Tampa Tribune serve Hillsborough and please let the Times fully serve its faithful core — Pinellas County.

James M. Hammond, Clearwater

We're not Newt | Jan. 29

Insightful article

I appreciated the article contrasting Newt Gingrich's behavior with the not uncommon (but often hidden) practice of consensual, ethical nonmonogomy.

It's revealing that a researcher showed 41 percent of those surveyed think nonmonogamy might work "if the couple agrees to it beforehand." Most folks don't realize that polyamory is not polygamy.

It took guts for the Times to publish such a timely and insightful piece.

M. Hine, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Who will help the ratepayer? | Feb. 1, commentary

Dirty fuel or clean energy

Thanks for Stephen A. Smith's probing piece on all the wrong ways to spend our money to provide ourselves energy. Seems like the Florida Public Service Commission should be renamed.

Why aren't our elected leaders looking forward to coastal flooding due to climate changes and heading us toward wind and solar now? Too much money in the wrong pockets, I'd say. Dirty fuel or clean energy choices are made every day. I'd have solar panels on my roof if I were subsidized the way Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy are. Wouldn't you?

Gloria Mastell, St. Petersburg

The true cost of high school dropouts Feb. 1, commentary

Connecting with students

This interesting article focused on the cost of high school dropouts, however, it appears there could be a missing element regarding the experience we call learning.

With teachers being forced to teach to the FCAT test, do they now have the time (as teachers did in the past) to really connect with students by relating positive real-life experiences and success stories that can help students become truly excited about learning?

I wonder if, in some cases, "excitement to learn" has been replaced with "pressure to perform." One without the other, for some, could be a losing proposition.

Jean Briscoe, Clearwater

A Romney rout | Feb. 1

Not a majority

The headline shouts "A Romney rout." Really? It seems to me that a majority of Republicans (52 percent) voted for someone other than Mitt Romney. What part of that don't the Times' editors understand?

Romney has yet to win a majority of Republican support anywhere, yet the Times' editors have somehow "anointed" him as the nominee of the Republican Party. Now, as things stand, the majority of Republicans will not have their voices heard at the Republican convention and we will have a nominee who does not even have the support of the majority of Republicans. What's wrong with that picture?

David Zimlin, Dunedin


Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

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Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18