Friday, April 20, 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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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

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18