Wednesday, June 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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Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18