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
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
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
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
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
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