Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Emails to the editor: Kids are the biggest investment of your life

Re: Is parenthood really that bad? (tbt*, Feb. 24)

Becoming a parent is a little like starting your own business. In the beginning, it needs a lot of time and money, but you have to invest wisely. Getting that kid an expensive toy is like buying a TV spot for your start-up business. That's a lot of money you could better invest someplace else.

You don't even really start to get a decent return for about three years, but the more you invest during that time, usually the better the return. Up until 13, they tend to be moldable, but don't get used to it. They have to learn for themselves, and nothing you say or do can prevent that.

They will not meet your greatest expectations, but they will also not fail as miserably as they could. (There are exceptions.) You choose to take this path in the hope that you might put something in this world that makes it a little better. Where there is a big reward, there is always risk.

Where businesses and kids greatly differ is the reward you are hoping for in return. With a business, your hope is for monetary return mostly; with kids, you will never see that money back. Investing in kids is like investing in hope, because hope is important. You will sacrifice things you will never let them know about because you hope they will have the chance to do the same for their kids.

The horror stories you hear about is because crap happens. Crap happens in life. (See the news.) Crap happens in business that you never hear about. Crap happens to us. And crap happens to our kids.

John Cloward, Tampa

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If you want to commit yourself to raising another human being in an already overpopulated world, please put more thought into your decision than you would buying a car. Don't whine later about the amount of work involved and don't ask me to babysit. I am childless by choice and I have better things to do with my time.

Vivian Burnett, New Port Richey

So I'm a Hitler?

Re: Let us praise armed citizens (email to the editor, Feb. 21)

If I follow Bill King's reasoning regarding gun control correctly, am I somehow akin to Hitler because I don't want to get shot in a movie theatre over texting? Am I equal to Stalin if I don't agree that a young man doing nothing more than walking through a neighborhood at night should be murdered?  Am I Mao or Pol Pot if I don't think a crazy person should be able to shoot at a car full of teenagers because he doesn't like their loud music?

Like most Americans, I'm not anti-gun. But it's hard to support a law that lets you kill people because they make you mad. 

Erin Mahoney, Riverview

Keeping it in the family

You reported Tuesday in a Candid Talk that Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress in history, will not seek re-election at the end of his current term due to the "acrimony and bitterness" in Congress. What you didn't report is that he's hoping his wife will run for his seat. Jerk!

Chris Bridges, St. Pete Beach

What next?

Re: Miley Cyrus kisses Katy Perry (The Juice*, Feb. 24)

Every young generation has its older generation's criticism. In my day as a Boomer we were a bunch of dirty, lazy, pot smoking hippies who hated the establishment and would amount to nothing. Now ironically some of us are the establishment, pot is turning legal and those ripped jeans we wore cost $50. But I guess now it's my turn to be the older generation. When I read about Miley Cyrus and her lewd behavior, or Bieber's daily criminal activity, I can't help but wonder what's next? Or what's even left for that matter? When today's young generation grows up, what will their kids do to offend them? I'm not sure I wanna be around to see it.

Roger Daltrey of the Who once sang "Hope I die before I get old" at a concert with a lot of other famous bands. It was called Woodstock and it was free. Now I would have to pay $200 to see Roger sing the same song as an old man. Maybe he was right the first time.

Peter Malinchock, Temple Terrace

Disney prices

Tbt* posts its cover on Facebook. Here were some of the reactions on Facebook to Tuesday's story about the Magic Kingdom raising ticket prices to $99:

Karen Mullins: Now if only they paid their employees a living wage.

Colleen Savard: They will continue to raise prices as long as people continue to pay it. If you don't like it, don't go. It's very simple.

Bennie Bowerman: At some point it's too much. Plus outrageous food prices. A lot for a family.

Katarina Tepesh: Time to boycott Disney!

Mike Dukes: I would recommend that, if you don't like the pay increase, you do one of two things; A. Don't go or B. Don't go. It's just like the new fee that tbt*'s parent newspaper charges to read stories on its website. I didn't like it so I stopped looking to it for local news, which is abundantly available on 15 other news outlet websites. It's a perfect example of supply and demand. If people will pay for it, then why not charge for it?

Joel Bigham: I don't understand the logic behind this. Once you get in there, every dime you pay goes in their pocket. Not like they have any external vendors inside.

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Friday’s letters: Why just single-member districts are a bad idea for Hillsborough

Murman’s bad idea on districts | April 20, editorialSingle-member districts’ flawYour editorial opposing single-member districts in Hillsborough County is totally correct. I have served as Miami-Dade county manager twice. The first time (1976-198...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18