Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Sink ran poor campaign in '10

Sink sounds like a candidate | June 19

Sink ran poor campaign in 2010

Sure, Alex Sink sounds like a candidate. The problem is she doesn't act like one. The 2010 governor's race was hers to lose, and she did. Too bad the feisty, salty-language Sink was nowhere to be found during the 2010 campaign. I can remember being dumbstruck at how poorly run her campaign was.

She was too afraid to say the dreaded word "Obama," and way too scared to be seen or associated with him or any of his policies. Not so Charlie Crist. His "bro" hug of the president cost him his political life. He was one of the few Southern governors to say yes to federal money. Had Crist kept on as governor, we would be well on our way to high-speed rail and affordable health care.

After being witch-hunted out of the Republican Party, I think Crist offers the only real hope of beating Rick Scott. If Crist is a chameleon, then maybe that is what it takes to beat a snake. It certainly won't happen with a timid mouse.

Leslie Sisto, St. Petersburg

Sink sounds like a candidate | June 19

Let winner take a crack

Alex Sink, while she has some name recognition, would probably be in the same tight race against Rick Scott that she encountered the last time. Sink also has a tough time connecting with people and is somewhat stiff and off-putting.

Scott's chance of re-election has gone up in the past few months, but he still trails Charlie Crist by double digits — 47 for Crist to 37 for Scott, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Crist has a favorability rating of 48 to Scott's 31.

Crist presents a better picture of governor and is a much better speaker than either Scott or Sink. Perhaps Sink should sit out the next election for governor of Florida and let a proven winner have a crack at it again.

James Teske, Tampa

Poll: Governor gaining ground, but trails Crist | June 19

Scott's turnaround

For a long while, I would get mad at the way you demeaned Gov. Rick Scott. I would write letters stating the facts and pointing out the positive results of his programs.

Now after your recent direct assault on Scott, I'm seeing the results of your plan and I am laughing out loud, because your plans are backfiring.

The most recent poll has shown that the governor's approval rating is climbing almost as fast as President Barack Obama's is falling. I don't hear any laughter from you and your staff. Truth always wins out.

Bob Kinder, St. Petersburg

Horse slaughter

Stop this brutal industry

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, is one of four congressmen from Florida who voted to protect American horses. Reps. Young, Tom Rooney, Ander Crenshaw and Mario Diaz-Balart all voted to prevent horse slaughter by defunding horse slaughter plant inspections.

The predatory pro-slaughter industry has been working to bring the brutal and unnecessary horse slaughter industry back to U.S. soil at the expense of American taxpayers. Not only is horse slaughter inhumane, but U.S. horse meat can be dangerous to humans due to the unregulated administration of hundreds of toxic substances to horses before slaughter.

Ronald Gerson, Madeira Beach

New pier needs new push | June 20, editorial

Information shortage

The real issue is the failure of public officials to create a campaign to educate voters. This is a city-owned and operated pier, not private development. The city has been working with the architects and best knows what changes have been made. The city should be telling folks what the new pier will look like and how people will be able to use it.

Private supporters can rally around the city's proposals. But that is not what has been happening. It has been private supporters who have been doing whatever education has taken place to date. The city, and especially the mayor, sat quietly on the sidelines, speaking out only at events put on by the private supporters or the architect.

I want to believe that the mayor and city officials really do want the Lens to succeed. But they sure aren't showing it.

Willi Rudowsky, St. Petersburg

Design failure

The reason no one running for mayor strongly supports the Lens is that in its current form it is a bad idea. I speak as a person who visited the old Pier often. On my last visit, a few days before the closing, I looked around at the patrons. There were many in wheelchairs or with walkers or canes. There were babies in strollers.

I am opposed to the design of the Lens because it doesn't allow vehicles to move the length of the new pier. The majority who used the old Pier came by vehicle and came for the food and the shops. Who will use the new pier? Joggers and fishermen. Do we really need an inaccessible $50 million fishing pier in the middle of downtown?

Timothy Ehrlich, Seminole

America's worst charities | June 9, 10, 16

Having a positive effect

Kudos to the Times for its ground-breaking investigative team uncovering misleading fundraising schemes that allocate the vast majority of donor gifts intended to advance the charitable mission of the organization to other expenditures, mostly for personal gain.

We have already seen how this report has had a positive impact for change in that the Hillsborough County Commission is reviewing the internal practices of these charities. I hope that charitable donors will continue to support worthy causes but will become more involved in better understanding how their support will be utilized prior to giving.

The Times staff should also be commended for providing a conduit for others to report potential abuse so that enhancing the organization's mission remains central to the activities of the charity.

Nick Suszynski, Tampa

Yodeler Slim Whitman dies | June 20

Political longevity

Your article on the death of Slim Whitman (clipped from the AP with "information from Times files") reported that Whitman worked at Tampa shipyard with Robert Byrd, "now a West Virginia senator."

Although I'm not particularly politically knowledgeable, this came as a surprise to me, not because of the association, but because Robert Byrd has been dead since June 2010 at age 92. I know some politicians hang on longer than they should, but this may be stretching it.

Joe Lovelace, Seminole


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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Published: 05/21/18

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

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My 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. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18