Friday, January 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Don't take away Tampa's green space

Dubious park plan in Tampa | Oct. 6, editorial

Don't take away our green space

I still can't go downtown to Curtis Hixon Park without being amazed and proud that our community did something so right for us, "the people."

Under a strong mayor with vision, developers were fought off, the museum moved and the park created so that all of us, any day, can have access to our waterfront and a wonderful green space.

I knew it was too good to last and was saddened to read in the Times that Mayor Bob Buckhorn is after our space. I'm pretty sure there are several empty buildings downtown that could house the project proposed, and utilizing that space would be of more help to our downtown than taking a chunk of our park.

Karen Putney, Tampa

Chávez claims a new term | Oct. 8

Participation problem

In the recent Venezuelan presidential election, 81 percent of the nearly 19 million registered voters showed up to vote. This is a country led by Hugo Chávez! Approximately 60 percent of registered voters turn out to vote in U.S. presidential elections.

We are the "land of the free." Are we so apathetic and/or lazy that we can't exercise our right to vote at least every four years? I strongly urge my fellow citizens to get out and make your vote count. Don't just sit and complain about what you think is wrong with our country. Do something about it.

Connie McCormick, Redington Shores

No on four special tax break measures Oct. 8, Times recommends

Tax break is justified

I vehemently disagree with your position on Amendment 2. The original measure discriminated against those who entered service from other states, became Florida citizens while on active duty and, in many cases, served longer and in more wars as Floridians than those you would deem qualified. There is no logical basis for that distinction.

If your argument is that we can't afford it, then you should advocate eliminating the benefit for everyone.

Earl G. Peck, Clearwater

Lack of gratitude

I'll wager that the editorial writer who opined that combat-disabled veterans do not warrant the Amendment 2 tax break never served in the military, much less in combat. The lack of gratitude reflected in this mentality is overwhelming. A grateful nation? Maybe. A grateful Tampa Bay Times? Hardly.

Roget Jackson, St. Petersburg

Lives on the line Oct. 7

Law won't end problems

The law can go only so far in stopping problem users. They are, after all, problem users. If blocked from one drug, they will find some other drug. The "other drug" is often alcohol, potentially lethal not only to the user, but also to innocents.

The impact of alcohol on traffic safety, for instance, is well documented in double-blind studies involving over 10,000 traffic fatalities, done first in Australia in the mid 1990s, then in France. Both studies show that alcohol is two to four times as impairing as marijuana, and probably worse than opiates, the active ingredient in painkillers.

Additionally, evidence is accumulating that many drinkers will switch to marijuana when local law is liberalized, as it is in states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. One such study showed that states phasing in legal marijuana as medicine saw beer consumption decline and traffic fatalities fall sharply, both without a significant increase in underage smoking.

We should consider more effective ways than the criminal law to reduce the societal damage caused by problem use of psychoactive substances.

John Chase, Palm Harbor

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Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18