Thursday, May 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

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: 11 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