Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: The message is not getting across

Bullied online, girl kills herself | Sept. 13

Message is not getting across

It is encouraging that all the parents of the girls involved are cooperating with law enforcement. Bullying cannot be tolerated, yet social media websites are such a convenient forum for immature, cruel and uncalled-for comments, some of which go beyond mean and are simply damaging lies.

Too many children are still not understanding the impact of their actions, nor the legal implications. I have a lot of respect for the painful, yet absolutely right choice those parents have made and hopefully other lives will be saved. It's obviously time to deliver heavier messages about bullying in our schools and at home.

My condolences to the Sedwick family at this painful time.

Robyn Dalton, Largo

City considers park fences | Sept. 13

Parents: Watch your kids

The beauty of Florida's parks and the water near those parks is what attracts people to the parks. Putting fences up will distract from that beauty and cost taxpayers a fortune.

While I understand safety is important, ultimately it is the responsibility of parents to watch their children and keep them safe. It is not the responsibility of the government and taxpayers.

Cathy Carter, Odessa

Bridge ban upsets anglers | Sept. 13

Anglers deserve a chance …

So pedestrians who carry a fishing pole are banned from this span, but vehicles, which could run into and seriously harm pedestrians, are allowed?

If officers are to prohibit fishermen from using the bridge, they should also prevent bicycles from using the bridge. After all, by law, bicycles are considered vehicles and subject to the rules of the road, and vehicles are specifically banned from using a pedestrian bridge.

I suggest a compromise. Bicyclists should stop objecting to fishermen so they can both share this very expensive bridge.

Bill Hammond, Clearwater

… or, maybe not so much

Well, tough. After 37 years of living and bicycling all over the Tampa Bay area I can state categorically: People who fish off bridges are slobs. Don't believe me? Go check out any bridge popular with "anglers". You'll find discarded beer cans, broken beer bottles, old coolers and parts thereof, fish guts and bones, dead fish, hooks and lures, fishing line waving in the wind, old chairs and other plastic garbage, etc.

While bicycling over the Sand Key bridge I once caught a snarl of old nylon fishing line with my rear gears and chain. It was caught on the railing and blowing in the breeze. It brought me to a sudden halt. I had a very trying time digging it out and going on my way.

My mother taught me to clean up after myself. If the local fishermen and women would "leave only memories" they would be a lot more welcome.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Residents stand up for nature | Sept. 8

Townhome views

Bill Maxwell says the residents of Lakewood Estates are on the side of the Boyd Hill protection group in the matter of the building of townhomes.

This is not the case.

The only residents of Lakewood who are against the townhomes are the ones who might have to look at them; the other 1600 homeowners recognize that if the country club doesn't get an infusion of cash, the people protesting the loss of part of their "view" ultimately might have no view at all.

Judy Ellis, St. Petersburg

Legal fight gains support | Sept. 13

No more gifts for Walmart

As a Hillsborough County taxpayer I am tired of seeing public money going to huge companies to pay for infrastructure.

I thought it was wrong when Hillsborough gave Bass Pro millions for infrastructure. Now Hillsborough is planning to use $5 million to add turn lanes to the two biggest intersections near the proposed Walmart on Bloomingdale Avenue. Why is Walmart not paying for this?

The proposed Walmart is going to make traffic a nightmare in the area, even with added turn lanes. There are already two Walmart's on Bloomingdale Avenue and we do not need a third.

F. M. Younglove, Brandon

Home prices up from a year ago | Sept. 12

An unaffordable state

My mother originally purchased the home I live in 20 years ago and it was not in a flood zone. Thanks to remapping several years ago, this same property is now in Zone AE. Yet never once in 20 years has there been any flooding.

I review flood insurance policies and other loan-related documents for a living. Imagine my disgust to see a home in Louisiana located 12 miles from the I-10 bridge to New Orleans paying one-third the premium I pay, and another property located a half-mile from the banks of the Mississippi River that was not in a flood zone at all.

Where are Florida's legislators? Why aren't they speaking out on something that will surely stop any progress in the recovery of Florida's real estate market. The closer I get to retirement the more often I consider leaving Florida as it is no longer an affordable place to live.

Denise Lishefski, Seminole

Girl who filmed bus beating sentenced Sept. 13

How to use videotape

The girl who recorded this beating, which stemmed from an argument in the cafeteria at Mitchell High School, was given the same punishment as the attacker? And the prosecutor said she was the instigator? I suspect we are not getting all the facts to this story.

It sounds like the person making the recording was punished for recording the incident (and then posting the video on social media). I think many people might warn their children not to record illegal or inappropriate things that happen at school or in other places. And I'm not sure that is a good idea.

Could the Times please write an article about the legal aspects of recording an illegal act or beating? After all, nobody believes what goes on in schools until you show them a picture.

Sue Martinson, Hudson


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