Saturday, November 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Voting against women's rights


Missouri senator pushes contraceptive politics | March 1

Voting against women's rights

It seems apparent that women in my community are represented by two men who are obviously antiwomen.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis voted against women in the Ledbetter amendment giving women equal pay for equal work. Then Marco Rubio supported an amendment (defeated on Thursday) to keep women from having full health care. According to this amendment, if I worked for a Christian Science CEO, I could only go to a Christian Science reading room for my health care. If I worked for a Jehovah's Witness CEO, I couldn't have a blood transfusion.

This amendment is so far-reaching that it isn't about religious freedom, it's about religious doctrine controlling those who do not believe in that religion. That is limiting religious freedom.

Georgie Bowser, New Port Richey

Religion should be private

Amendments to the Affordable Care Act backed by Republicans mean that if you work for wages, you get the treatments "the provider" — meaning your boss — decides are morally right for you.

From job creator to moral guide, it's just another step in making the wealthy the barons and the wage-earners the serfs. Owners will decide which treatments your policy will pay for, and by extension which hospitals you can or can't use based on treatments provided there.

Besides objecting to birth control pills, owners may object to distribution of condoms, vaccinations, blood transfusions, antipsychotic drugs, prescription drug plans, insulin, and the list goes on.

This is why the Founding Fathers sought to keep religion a private affair, not a matter for politicians.

Mike Flanery, Clearwater

Missouri senator pushes contraceptive politics | March 1

Economy is the issue

It is unbelievable that contraceptives are an issue in this election cycle, but President Barack Obama has made this the topic of conversation because he who controls the language controls the debate. Requiring religious institutions to add contraceptives to their insurance policies against their core principles is an affront to the separation of church and state. And requiring insurance companies to supply for free a product without thinking that the cost would not be passed on is an affront to the free-market system.

That being said, it is the economy, overspending and a bloated federal government that are the issues that most effect our nation today. Republicans need to stay on message. However, if there is a pill that keeps the federal government from multiplying, by all means pass them out for free and let's force the Congress and president to swallow them as well.

Sandy Graves, Land O'Lakes

Israel leader's U.S. visit to address rift over Iran | March 1

No time to back down

The United States continues to pressure Israel to use restraint in the matter of attacking Iran. Does the administration not understand that Iran will use no restraint when it decides to attack Israel?

Israel has never backed down from a foreign threat, and now is not the time to do so when facing a very dangerous enemy like Iran. Israel must protect its people and its sovereignty before it is too late. Israel must strike first and strike hard to eliminate an evil demon. To do otherwise could be disastrous for the nation of Israel.

Bob Fortney, Land O'Lakes

Mayors team up at Rays summit | Feb. 22

In defense of the Trop

My family and I love the Rays. I am grateful to Stuart Sternberg for turning around the franchise. And I talk to a lot of thoughtful people who would love a new stadium — if it didn't cost anything.

However, given the unmet medical, educational, nutritional and other needs of our community, it is morally inconceivable to spend $400 million-plus on a baseball stadium.

The good news is that we already have an outstanding venue for baseball. Let's celebrate the Trop! The temperature is always nice and the dome, scaffolding, lighting, etc., give us an undeniable home-field advantage. If marketed positively by ownership, I believe the Trop could turn into a happening spot. People are much more likely to attend a place if it's marketed as an advantageous home for its team.

Jim Cohen, St. Petersburg

Baseballer Maseda dies at 92 | Feb. 26

A life of honor

A golden link in the chain that binds our city's colorful history was sadly broken recently when Tampa lost one of its jewels, Marcelo Maseda. He was a lifelong friend who had an enormous impact on many people who grew up in this city.

Aside from his highly celebrated and ceremonial role as mayor of Ybor City, Mr. Maseda never held public office. However, many politicians sought his counsel and support.

His outgoing and gregarious demeanor allowed him the opportunity to lead his life, as well as guide the many associated with him, with honor and distinction. His distinguished look of a white hat, guadavera shirt and signature Arturo Fuente cigar is reminiscent of a bygone era of our city's illustrious past.

A fitting farewell to Tampa Bay's own Marcelo Maseda can be taken from the famous Frank Sinatra song: Marcelo, you did it your way!

Mike Merino, Tampa

Will $4-plus gas derail recovery? | March 1

Stop the speculators

The ongoing rise in the cost of fuel at the pumps is caused by many factors. One is greedy Wall Street speculators who deal in oil. Eliminating this layer of cost would help keep the prices in check.

Perhaps oil should be considered an essential commodity and have the Energy Department take the place of the speculator. The department could buy the oil from the oil-producing countries and then resell it with no markup to those American oil companies who are now at the mercy of the speculators.

David Foote, Dunedin

Reform of PIP stalls in Senate | Feb. 29

Early April Fool's?

"Heavy lobbying by massage therapists temporarily derailed one of the major issues of the legislative session …" Is that a joke? Somebody must have Leap Day mixed up with April Fool's day.

Ed Cadden, St. Petersburg


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

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17