Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: The gift of organ donation

Healthy tot a gift for area family | Dec. 23

The gift of organ donation

The story of the life-saving, multi-organ transplant that gave Adonis Ortiz the opportunity to experience another Christmas with his family is a beautiful example of the many miracles created annually by the gift of organ and tissue donation. Adonis' chance at life is thanks to many: his loving family, skilled medical professionals and his own strength and perseverance. The most important link in providing this new life a chance to blossom, however, was not mentioned in the story: an organ donor. Somewhere in the United States a family lost a loved one, and in the midst of their grief they helped carry out their loved one's wish to save lives as an organ donor. One selfless decision spared Adonis' family the same tragedy of loss by choosing to give the gift of life.

Particularly in this season of giving, the generosity of such anonymous individuals sets an example for the rest of us. Decide to become an organ donor by signing up on Florida's donor registry at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or when renewing your driver's license or ID card. One organ donor can save the lives of eight people and impact many more through tissue donation. There are more than 121,000 people like Adonis waiting nationally for a life-saving transplant — and each of us has an opportunity to become a hero every time we say "yes" to organ donation.

Jennifer Krouse, Tampa

Flood rates opposed even on high ground Dec. 25

Poll question missed point

Who in the world thought of such a ridiculous poll? You mean that when presented with the option of paying more or "coming up with another way," people would rather choose Plan B? Shocking. The poll should have presented actual, real alternatives, such as restoring (taxpayer-funded) subsidies or moving to private insurers.

Chris Johnson, Clearwater

Make coverage all-inclusive

Phasing in of unreasonable flood insurance rates does not address the real issue: Rates that are unreasonable and unaffordable will still be so, no matter how long it takes to bring them to full force. From a consumer standpoint, separating flood insurance from other homeowners insurance doesn't make sense. It would be like buying car insurance that covers collision damage to the fenders but not the doors, or health insurance that covers arms but not legs.

There is no justification for insurance costs that approach or exceed 20 percent of the value of entire properties. It costs more to insure a Ferrari than it does to insure a Honda, but the value of the road on which they each ride doesn't change as they drive over it. Just as you have to pay more to insure the Ferrari, no matter where it is driven, the only way to effectively mitigate the flood insurance fiasco is to make catastrophic damage coverage for all Florida homes in all geographic areas all-inclusive — wind, fire, flood, sinkhole — based solely on the value of the insured structures.

Larry Van Gelder, St. Petersburg

Digital billboards

Distracting and dangerous

In an age when just about everything is digital, there is one area that's dangerous: bright digital billboards in a retirement community.

First, they are annoying, extremely bright at night and promote a negative aesthetic impact in Sun City Center. Second, they are a distraction to drivers, especially at night, and impact the safety and welfare of senior citizens who reside here. Third, the intensity and brilliance of these digital signs cause glare and temporarily impair the vision of older drivers with glaucoma, cataracts and night blindness who dominate the traffic in Sun City Center.

And guess who the advertisers are? Ophthalmologists.

Bob Kelly, Sun City Center


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...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17