Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: To get results, eject party in power

Why don't lawmakers care? | April 28, editorial

For results, eject party in power

This editorial asks, Why don't lawmakers care? That question is answered on the front page of Perspective. They care for the show and the dough. They do not care for the citizens and voters of Florida. It would be interesting to find out if the people mentioned in the editorial vote, and if so, for which party.

The solution to the problems with state government is very simple. For several decades state government has been controlled by the Republican Party, and the quality of life for the average Floridian has deteriorated. We have historical experience to know the results of Republican control of state government.

If we want change, we must vote to remove control from the Republicans.

As long as our state government is bought and paid for by special interests, lobbyists and big business, then we will continue to ask pointless questions and receive illogical answers.

Daniel Lemon, Seminole

Teach ethics for these reasons April 28

A need for moral courage

Hugh LaFollette's article regarding reasons for teaching ethics has very practical implications for society. Ethics curriculum should be considered for implementation with hopes for a trickle-down effect, as he states, and not for immediate changes in society.

As the article suggests, it is common to assume that schools and the educational system can serve as a salve to society's woes. The easiest and most popular remedy from legislators is to enact measures that require year-round evaluation of student performance and teacher effectiveness, all of which culminates in an overall school grade. The opinion is that if only we could fix both primary and higher educational institutions, then society would fare better.

The harder choices, however, involve acknowledging and understanding that society's woes of poverty, violence and avarice must be dealt with directly. Moral courage is necessary in both the state and federal legislatures. A school is only a reflection of society, and society is not a reflection schools.

Barbara Drake, Tampa

Winning at all costs

This piece by Hugh LaFollette is a breath of fresh air. In today's society, many view ethics as an obstacle to success. They have the idea that any means justifies the end. As long as they win, it doesn't matter how they do it.

We all become targets of the entitled. If we get in the way of someone's success, then we are a problem. We must ask ourselves: Is this the society we want? If not, then change it.

James W. Cone, Thonotosassa

Schools explore conduct issues | May 1

Focus on behavior

I read with interest about the workshop at Middleton High School where Hillsborough school officials gathered to address the preponderance of suspensions meted out to African-American males.

I was disappointed, but not astounded, to read that the workshop chose to address the matter from the perspective of race rather than behavior. If one removes the racial lenses that are all the fashion these days, one can address the real problem to be solved. This was articulated best by a School Board member: "A lot of our students who come to school don't even know what inappropriate behavior is."

This isn't a School Board problem; this is a parenting problem. Feel free to test my hypothesis by inviting the parents of these suspended students to your next workshop. My guess is that you'll see a preponderance of empty chairs.

Mike DeWitt, Tampa

Chill of suspicion among friends | May 2

Tighten up the borders

One of three college students arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings case reportedly was allowed to return to the United States from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa. Is it unreasonable to ask why no one seems to be monitoring the status visa classifications?

Numerous reports tell us that students, and others who invalidate the terms of their valued cards, are able to travel at will, absent themselves from the classes they are supposed to be attending, and still enjoy freedoms and entitlements without fear of consequences. The control over the program is laughable.

And it is tiring to hear our protective agencies claim that they are just too overwhelmed by the sheer numbers involved. We are admittedly over-generous in all of our immigration/visa endeavors, and too soft in protecting ourselves from those who intend to harm us. We the taxpayers deserve better.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Chaotic day in House tangles major bills May 2

Standing up for the voters

Many times in my life I have watched people I have voted for come into office and not continue the passionate, unwavering, battle mentality they displayed on the campaign trail. I follow a few issues and skim news coverage here and there. Something occurred last week that took me by surprise and sent shock waves around our state. In a bold move, House Democrats demanded that every bill be read in full to protest the stalemate on health care reform.

I'm inspired by the unified stance Democrats took to stand up to House Republicans and stall a scaled-back approach that rejects federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida.

The Senate voted 38-1 to adopt its health care proposal. The plan, which was endorsed by Gov. Rick Scott, hospitals and business groups, would cover an estimated 1 million uninsured.

I applaud the brave, courageous leaders who stood up for those of us who believed in them when we cast our votes.

Grace Gonzalez, Tampa

Put a stop to partisanship

The Florida Senate was right in overwhelmingly passing a bill to extend health coverage to over 1 million poor Floridians. The House, under the leadership of its new wonder boy Speaker Will Weatherford, has decided to do nothing and let the poor, who desperately need medical care, continue to suffer and continue to overwhelm the emergency rooms in Florida's hospitals.

This failure to act appears to be a continuation of the Republican Party's war against President Barack Obama. I believe the people in Florida want that fight to end and the partisan politics to stop.

A.P. Gibbs, Dade City

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Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18