Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Three solutions of one word each

Wild talk vs. calm action on immigrants | July 20, editorial

Three solutions of one word each

The puzzling but typical left-wing editorials, and one letter, from the Sunday Times can be solved with three brief answers.

With regard to Wild talk vs. calm action on immigrants: The Times consistently blames people who want to protect our borders. I don't believe anyone has a problem with adult immigrants or their children, but what don't liberals get about this one-word puzzle solver: "illegal"?

With regard to St. Petersburg's illiteracy problem: The Times faults corporations, government, lack of money, tests, etc., but forgot the one word that will help every kid succeed in school, and it's where education begins: home.

With regard to the letter Affordable housing key to solution, the writer blames lack of housing (also read more taxes), overpriced housing (also read more free stuff), overloaded social services (also read more taxes), etc. However, the family's real problem is the father's refusal to be told what to do on a job, any job. Seems to me that's been part of any job I've had in the past 60 years. A one-word answer to this problem is: motivation.

Richard Carey, St. Petersburg

Humana comes up short on doctors | July 22

Insurers in control

There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that the insurance companies, as well hospitals, still control the practice of medicine.

Charlene Lake's plight is not just her own, but that of many patients looking for a primary care physician. Medical school graduates, upon finishing training, will find it much easier to work for an insurance company or hospital than incur thousands of more dollars in debt starting their own practice and hassling with the insurance companies. Good salaries, benefits and paid vacations will make becoming an employee much more attractive than hiring staff, buying equipment and paying for malpractice insurance.

Despite the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must still make money. They will still look over doctors' shoulders and deny diagnostic testing and continue to make doctors jump through hoops to get tests or prescriptions authorized.

Young medical school graduates trained in the technological era probably won't know any better and will follow the herd. Older physicians, like myself, will just become the Howard Beales of medicine, open their doors and shout, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." I did that last December and don't regret it. Life is better on the other side.

David Lubin, M.D., Tampa

Midwife sues local health clinics | July 23

Birth control facts

As a nurse midwife practicing in Florida for the last 30 years, I must point out that the science behind many birth control methods available today is being ignored. Ongoing rigorous scientific investigation about birth control pills, IUDs and the morning-after pill confirm that these methods do not cause abortion. Plainly put, to make such an assertion is a lie being promoted by those pushing a conservative agenda.

Sharon Colson Carlisle, Temple Terrace

Shelter shields migrant children | July 23

Costs and burdens

Let's do the math. Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services got $963,000 from the federal government to house 16 children for six months, or $10,031.25 for each kid per month. Really? The director wants you, the reader, to know it's all about the children. No one disputes they must be taken care of while in the custody of the government. But can you, the reader, fathom spending $10,031.25 on each of your children every month?

Also, it has been reported several times on television by border patrol officials that there is no medical screening done at the border. They also say they have no way of knowing who these individuals are — some of whom are 17, male and sport gang tattoos. It is easy to gloss over the introduction of communicable diseases, gang members and perpetual welfare burdens to American communities when one is experiencing a financial windfall.

A.C. Lewis, Sun City Center

A caring approach

Kudos to CEO Rochelle Tatrai-Ray for her approach of taking in and caring for "our" border children. It is time to say "our" border children because they are here fleeing violence from their countries. What has happened to the American spirit? We as Americans can do much as a collective society only if we stop being self-centered. It is sad to hear some Americans say that "these children do not belong here and should be deported quickly."

Katherine Cappelli, Hudson

Rubio suggests Clinton too old | July 23

Youthful inexperience

As to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's remarks suggesting Hillary Rodham Clinton, 66, may be too old to be president, I would inform him there have been 10 presidents who took office in their 60s. The oldest, Ronald Reagan, was 69 when elected. Only two presidents were under 45 when elected. Rubio, at the age of 43, may be too young to take on the responsibility of president of the United States.

Dominic Grillo, Dunedin

Water for the World Act

Bill will save lives

Some 748 million people around the world go without clean water, many of them children. This contributes to two of the three leading killers of children under 5, diarrhea being the most serious, killing almost 1,400 children a day.

You have the power to keep these children alive, and all it takes is a quick call to your member of Congress to make sure he or she knows about the Water for the World Act, HR 2901, before the U.S. House.

By amending the Water for the Poor Act of 2005 and responding to USAID's new Global Water Strategy, this act will make better use of existing funding, strengthen accountability for water programs under way, and ensure the greatest impact on communities without spending new money or creating new bureaucracy. More importantly, it will save lives.

Christopher Benjamin, Largo

Under fire | July 23

Behind the times

I am sure glad that the Brooklyn Dodgers weren't afraid of controversy when they hired Jackie Robinson. Remember that, Mr. Dungy?

Yvonne Neff Woods, Tarpon Springs


Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18