Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Family of crossing guard sends thanks

May's Letter of the Month

May's winning letter was from Amy C. Kelly of Palm Harbor, who wrote about Florida's springs.

Lawmakers imperil environment

Thank you to the Tampa Bay Times for the important articles and editorials about the Florida Legislature and lack of money allocated to springs cleanup.

The pictures of lawmakers hugging and congratulating themselves after finishing work on the budget was infuriating. There are a lot of issues clamoring for attention, but springs cleanup should have been a priority. How can lawmakers not know or not care that environmental health is essential to human health and the health of the economy?

I grew up in Pinellas County before electronic distractions and we were always outside, enjoying and appreciating the beauty of our salt and freshwater resources. Swimming with the mermaids at Weeki Wachee in the '60s, tubing down the Ichetucknee River in the '70s, and canoeing down the Rainbow River with my children in the '90s was as close to paradise as one could get. I still think Florida is beautiful, but we must repair and actively care for this fragile beauty.

How can our lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, many with children and grandchildren, fail to take immediate action or, worse, make deals with big business at the expense of Florida's environment and our future?

Amy C. Kelly, Palm Harbor

Crossing guard honored at service | May 24

Thanks from guard's family

The Carey family would like to thank the Clearwater community for their love and support as we deal with the tragic loss of the heart of our family. Nothing about this time has been easy, but the love from the community has been comforting.

A special thanks to Doug's brothers in the Clearwater Police Department, especially Chief Anthony Holloway; Detective Jonathan Walser. president of the Fraternal Order of Police; Honor Guard Commander John Brown; Chaplain Rev. Bob Swick; and too many others to name.

There are many businesses and organizations in the community who have opened their hearts to support us, including Peter Hardy and Paul Weitzel of Sylvan Abbey, Grace Lutheran Church, Lenny's Restaurant, Publix, the Tampa Bay Times, Manos Bakery, Jeremy Brown of BluMoon Transportation and Mark Douglas of WFLA-Ch. 8 news.

Family of Doug Carey, Clearwater

Plan prods the states on pollution | June 3, editorial

Senate holding up progress

In your editorial on the carbon cuts President Barack Obama will impose, you say his inability to get things through Congress is due to Republican opposition. I think it would be more accurate to attribute the do-nothing Congress to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's intransigence; most bills that the House passes he won't even let the Senate debate. Also there is the president's lack of leadership; unlike his predecessors, he doesn't work with a House controlled by the other party.

The Senate should vote on House bills, go to conference, and send the result to the president, who can then veto or accept them.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

Mean streets take deadly bay area toll June 2, editorial

Often, pedestrians to blame

As for pedestrian injuries and deaths in the bay area, I see this problem as being 90 percent the pedestrians' fault. I invite one of your reporters to visit the southeast corner of Waters and Himes Avenues in Tampa from 7 to 10 a.m. any workday. Pedestrians brazenly ignore all the rules of the road by crossing against the light, cutting between cars and more.

I'm sure there are cases where the drivers are at fault, too. A police officer could stand at this intersection and have no problem issuing many tickets each morning. This would include cyclists who also ignore the traffic lights.

Dan Mason, Tampa

Land of the grieved, home of the depraved June 1, Daniel Ruth column

Missing facts

Is Daniel Ruth so biased against guns that he was afraid to admit that three of the victims in the California tragedy were stabbed to death? What happened to printing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Until people with mental health problems can be better identified, this will probably happen again. To blame it on the NRA is disingenuous.

Robert L. Simister, Seminole

Work to stop the killing

This cycle of gun deaths, followed by attempts to put a stop to it, was put in high gear by what Daniel Ruth accurately describes as a "grotesque misreading of the U.S. Constitution." In District of Columbia vs. Heller in 2008, the conservative-leaning Supreme Court voted 5-4 to ignore the militia language in the Second Amendment and instead asserted a much wider right to gun ownership.

People interested in stopping the killing must continue to press their representatives in government to pass sensible gun legislation. If the lawmakers don't, then we must work just as hard to replace them with people who understand what the majority of the American people want. Ruth feels this is a no-win situation. I don't believe it is.

Chuck Bayer, Redington Shores

U.S. soldier released in Taliban deal | June 1

Dangerous times

Our country as we have known it may not survive the Obama administration's last two years. Just when you think his reign of ignorance could not be more absurd, he releases five terrorists who have caused deaths throughout the world. This happens just in time to correspond with the information about when we are leaving Afghanistan, so these folks can work uninterrupted by our military.

Don Niemann, Seminole

Benefactor's ties to FSU go back decades June 2

Second-rate approach

The so called "process" of selecting a new president for Florida State University seems to be going exactly as might be expected. Politics and power win out over qualifications to lead a proud institution. State Sen. John Thrasher has done much for "his" school; now it can really be his. Does anyone wonder why Florida State is ranked where it is compared to other public universities?

Gary Bullock, Palm Harbor


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18