Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: The right tools to tackle inequality


Democracy's failure to reverse inequality | May 15, commentary

The right tools to fight inequality

I hate to think that war is the only great equalizer.

The world's leading economists have established that some inequality is inevitable as a side effect of capitalism. But the inequality we are witnessing is egregious and intolerable. It is probably correct that raising taxes on the top 1 percent will do little to nothing to correct this.

The solution can only be to improve the quality of life of the ones who cannot make a decent living. Raising the minimum wage is one important tool, although it faces stiff resistance. The argument that jobs will be destroyed if the minimum wage is increased is simply not true.

A look overseas to Germany, for example, show us that good wages and a prosperous economy can coexist. At any rate, one must realize that overworked underpaid workers cannot stimulate the economy since they barely make it to the end of the month with basic necessities. Giving them decent wages will not only make them better off but also happier workers, and this will rub off on their family life.

Another tool for better life is Medicare for all. It takes away any anxiety of falling sick and not being able to get treatment, and it will stop bankrupting families through no fault of their own.

The tools to reduce inequality are available; it is the will to tackle it that is missing.

Patrick Bauer, Wesley Chapel

A politician in denial | May 13, editorial

Put a price on carbon

It is true, as Sen. Marco Rubio indicates, that the climate is always changing; however, it is also true that measurements and observations of the natural forces that cause those changes all indicate the climate should be cooling. Since the world is in fact warming, man has overwhelmed the natural forces that normally cause climate change.

If Rubio cannot understand global warming, he should be left behind in the discussion on what to do about it. Subsidies are a bad idea. The marketplace should pick the winners, not the government.

Emission control is also a poor choice. If you try to control my emissions, I'll just tie you up in court. Cap-and-trade requires that somebody set and enforce the caps. It hasn't worked in the past, and we shouldn't bet that it will work in the future.

A revenue-neutral carbon tax, or carbon fee and dividend program, is the government solution that will best fight global warming, and it will also fix the economy. Let's have the discussion, and soon.

Susan and John Darovec, Bradenton

Keep right and let them pass | May 14, letter

Passing, left and right

Often, to avoid needless aggravation or road rage, I have sped up in the right lane to allow another driver to pass the slow driver in the left passing lane. One night while crossing the Gandy Bridge, after I did just that, I slowed down after the faster vehicle passed the guy in the left lane.

To my surprise, the unmarked police vehicle behind me lit up and went after the guy I let pass. In reality, the ticket should have been given to the person driving 50 mph in the passing lane, but alas, the infraction is not against the law nor are fines levied for said conduct in Florida.

Kathy Berryman, Tampa

Not so fast

People are driving their cars like guided missiles. The speed limit should be 60 mph. That's a mile a minute and should be fast enough.

Our roads would be safer, not to mention the gas savings.

Roger Lind, Port Richey

Time to intensify startup culture | May 15

Play to region's advantages

Stories about high-tech startups and the entrepreneurial investor shortage in our area illuminate our challenges and advantages.

Trying to compete with New England or Silicon Valley to attract high-tech startup investors, and genius engineers, is a loser. We don't have the educational infrastructure to support their needs, and our regional politics and ignorance are offensive to educated people. So our major strategy to lure them is to bribe them with tax credits.

We do, however, have an alternative advantage. Opportunities abound in industries that don't require college degrees, and there are no shortage of sustainable models that only need a champion and a little help.

We should encourage a climate of sustainable startups and developing businesses that create jobs for the chronically unemployed. That is one resource we have in abundance.

Cleaning up our environment, making our communities more attractive, and providing a high quality of life for our citizens is our only chance of convincing high-tech companies to locate here in paradise.

Kurt Steinmann, Belleair

Father: Teens scared of mom | May 14

Insensitive remark

While following the tragic Schenecker case, my heart aches for all of the family members and community. In reporting on the trial, was it necessary to include the statement that the lawyers did not ask Parker Schenecker "why had he trusted his wife to take care of" their children?

The article points out that "neither the prosecutors nor defense attorneys asked him that question." Seems the lawyers had the decency to leave that insensitive and unnecessary remark out of the trial. Good for them.

Jane Garland, Tampa

ACLU: Single-gender schools discriminate May 14

Single-gender achievement

I recently toured Tampa's single-gender Franklin Middle School and could not have been more impressed. It is obvious that these teaching professionals are excited and eager to teach, and many hours have been spent setting this program up in order to challenge and engage each student.

The boys were equally as excited and can't wait to start the new school year. This school is doing so well that every year more people apply.

Jesuit and Academy of the Holy Names are two of the best schools in this area, if not in the state, and they are single-gender.

It is awesome that these kids will have access to the same type of education that is producing our future leaders of tomorrow.

Lynn Johnson,

Apollo Beach


Monday’s letters: Don’t forget pain sufferers

Fighting opioids on many fronts Nov. 22, editorialDon’t forget pain sufferersSufferers of debilitating, chronic pain seem to be largely forgotten in the public and corporate hysteria about opioid abuse. There are millions of people whose chronic pain...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill will benefit all businesses

Nelson warns of tax bill’s effects | Nov. 21Proposal is win for all concernedHas Sen. Bill Nelson even read the new proposed tax bill?If he knew anything about it he should be embarrassed by his rhetoric as stated in the Times article. The corpor...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Value and respect our teachers

Crowd backs raises | Nov. 15Respect and value our teachersTeachers are the "engine" that drives the "train" of our Hillsborough County school district. Teachers and support personnel affect every aspect of a child’s life. They are the students’ "...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17