Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sunday's letters: Make inquiry open, independent

Russia investigation

Make inquiry open, independent

The investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller is limited to possible criminal activity. Mere collusion by a political campaign with a foreign government is not currently a crime. Probing the moral, political or other noncriminal implications of collusion with, or interference by, Russia is beyond Mueller's jurisdiction.

The entire issue of alleged Russian collusion should be investigated openly by an independent, nonpartisan commission, rather than by a special counsel behind the closed doors of a grand jury that typically hears only one side of the case.

President Donald Trump should direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller and appoint an independent, nonpartisan commission headed by Alan Dershowitz to hear all sides of the story, enabling the public to judge for itself whether there was improper collusion.

Ralph Warmack, Gulfport

Trump administration

Record of accomplishment

In such a short time, President Donald Trump has already proven to be one of the greatest foreign affairs presidents in history. He has surrounded himself with great military leaders, he is making great strides in the Middle East and our European friends are beginning to come around.

The stock market is great and jobs are coming along fine.

President Trump has done this with little help from the other side. Now is the time for all to come together and make America great again.

Charles F. Graham, Pinellas Park

Aiding families, reviewing safety | July 16, commentary

Welcome words, deeds

Thank you for sharing with our community TECO president and CEO Gordon Gillette's well-written, responsive column on the company's efforts, along with their prayers, regarding the tragic loss of life and injuries in the recent power plant accident.

We are blessed to have one of our own in Gillette, a USF graduate, always supporting our community with so much outreach, and now making any needed safety changes as well as helping to do everything to heal the families involved in this tragic accident.

Dale Kimball, Wesley Chapel

'Venezuela is still my country' | July 17

Your country needs you

"I may not live there anymore but Venezuela is still my country." That statement was made by a person who has been living and working in the United States for the past 18 years.

If she feels that Venezuela is still her country, maybe she should go back there and see if she can help straighten out the mess they're in.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

Defense budget needs audit | July 14, letter

Waste and corruption

There was a recent letter to the editor suggesting the Pentagon needs to be audited. I wholeheartedly agree. There may be no part of the federal government more wasteful and/or corrupt. According to the Navy Times, there have been 30 admirals and other Navy and Marine personnel who have been ensnared in the "Fat Leonard" scandal. Some of the admirals are already behind bars.

Bloomberg Business recently asked, "Is the F-35 a trillion-dollar mistake?" In a 2015 Army Times article, it was reported that 129 brigade commanders had been fired since 2003. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winner and former St. Petersburg Times reporter, points out in his excellent book The Good Soldiers that the aftercare of the soldiers who fought in Iraq will probably cost more than the war itself.

I was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969 and have received a small disability check ever since. I have had a weekly doctor's visit at the VA for the last five weeks. The best (and cheapest) medicine is preventive medicine. Let's quit fighting unending wars.

John Burrell, Tampa

Russia is no friend | July 14, commentary

Beware of the tyrant

Thank you for publishing this Washington Post editorial. It should be read by everyone in America because it details clearly why Russia and Vladimir Putin are the enemy of America and the values we hold dear. Putin is a dictator, tyrant and oppressor in a superficially democratic system of government. He manipulates elections, prohibits freedom of speech and press, and people who oppose him mysteriously end up dead.

The really scary part is that President Donald Trump admires and has praised Putin for the authoritative manner in which he governs.

Marie Cunha, Hudson

Donald Trump is killing the Republican Party | July 18, commentary

Finding another path

Joe Scarborough was prescient in predicting Donald Trump would win the presidency. Hopefully his prediction about our two-party duopoly ending and an independent thinker emerging and saving us from ourselves will happen as well.

Forty-two percent of Americans identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to a record low, 25 percent. At 31 percent, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36 percent in 2008.

An independent wave has already begun overseas. Emmanuel Macron, the recently elected president of France, has bucked the current nationalist, isolationist trend at home and abroad. Hopefully this example will move Americans to get behind a similar thinker.

After the disastrous beginning of the current Republican president, we could certainly use someone with Macron's instincts.

George Chase, St. Pete Beach

Comments

Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18