Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Foster a good steward of finances


Rays talks a good first step | Jan. 25, editorial

Foster a good financial steward

I cannot understand why the Tampa Bay Times keeps dumping on St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, accusing him of, among other things, "petty parochialism and stalling" because he doesn't embrace the Rays' veiled threats to move the team if they can't get the taxpayers to fund a new stadium.

Doesn't the Times understand that Foster is simply doing what a good steward of his community's finances should be doing? Doesn't the Times understand that St. Petersburg has an ironclad agreement for Rays' occupancy through 2027 and, in that regard, why would he want to be involved in any talks to move the team elsewhere?

I do not believe Major League Baseball or the Rays will consider moving any time in the foreseeable future. Why? Because major league sports teams are in the business of extracting millions of dollars from taxpayers, not paying out what might amount to millions of dollars to break a lease.

Baseball knew (or should have known) the status of the stadium and the demographics of this area when it awarded a franchise to Tampa Bay.

Bill Bravick, Tampa

Obama has lofty praise for Clinton | Jan. 26

Four years, poor record

There's no question Hillary Clinton would have made a better president than Barack Obama. However, her four years as secretary of state have left a lot to be desired.

Let's examine the state of our world. North Korea is more defiant and belligerent than ever. Iran is still pursuing a nuclear bomb at a hectic pace while threatening its neighbors. Iraq is in chaos. As soon as we pull out of Afghanistan, the country will likely be overrun by the Taliban.

The reset button with Russia isn't working. Despite our pleas, they're supporting the genocide in Syria at any cost. China has been no help with Syria or North Korea. The so-called Arab Spring has become a nightmare. Al-Qaida is on the march throughout Africa.

Our foreign policy in the last four years (leading from behind) has made our world a more dangerous place. What accomplishments?

Albert Romano, Tampa

Aquifer models full of holes | Jan. 28

Protect our drinking water

Craig Pittman's article describing our scientific understanding (or lack thereof) of the Floridan Aquifer and Florida's dynamic groundwater resources was spot on. Our drinking water supplies exist in a highly complex environment that hydrogeologists continue to learn about and politicians grapple with how to regulate. Drinking water demands serious protection as a critical resource for the sustenance and economic growth of all Floridians.

Water permits are certainly one component of this picture, but siting of risky facilities such as landfills that leak leachate into groundwater is inexcusable. Comprehensive management to preserve clean water resources is something we all need to push for. Should we lose this fight, it is not one that we can readily recover from.

Carl Roth, Port Richey

Rubio, senators in immigration pact | Jan. 28

Close visa loophole

Sen. Marco Rubio estimates that 40 percent of unlawful aliens entered legally on visas. Why doesn't our government do something about visa-jumpers? They can be tracked. They pass through customs, where their visas are examined, names noted, purpose and itinerary questioned. A finger or palm print and photo would be easy to add. They could be deported when their status is discovered in the normal course of traffic stops, emergency room visits, school enrollment, and many other contacts.

Those here illegally for years, having made their lives here despite great disadvantage, who own homes, pay taxes and have learned our language — those people deserve consideration. But the inexcusable loophole through which they came should be firmly closed.

Bud Tritschler, Clearwater

Sensory assault | Jan. 27

Image was inappropriate

Though Gasparilla may indeed be a "feast to the senses," one wonders when women's body parts became an appropriate symbol for the sense of "feel." Would the same picture be utilized for "feel" if the featured body parts were instead a whole woman? It is doubtful.

The sexual objectification of women has no place in modern society, much less on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times.

Rita Tallent, St. Petersburg

'Straw buyer' won't be charged Jan. 27

Law seems clear enough

This article cites law enforcement officials as saying Florida law is vague on straw gun buyers.

A quick perusal of Florida statutes — 790.065, section 12, paragraph (d) — shows this to be false. It states: "Any person who knowingly acquires a firearm through purchase or transfer intended for the use of a person who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm commits a felony of the third degree."

This law seems perfectly clear to me.

Richard Hoffman, Ruskin

On climate, time for action Jan. 28, editorial

Rising threat to bay area

It was encouraging to see the back page of Sunday's Perspective section devoted to an article about the threat of rising sea level, as well as the editorial calling for action to deal with climate change. It is a good start, but you now need to bring this issue down to the local level.

The last two paragraphs of the article in Sunday's paper contained the most chilling news for this area: Even the most conservative estimates for the amount of sea level rise by the end of this century are calling for a 3-foot to 6-foot rise — but it could be much greater and in a significantly shorter period of time.

The Tampa Bay area cannot absorb a rise in sea level much more than a foot or two before we start having major problems — and if things go badly with the ice at the poles, that could happen in a matter of years, not decades. The sad reality is that sea level rise is the most important issue this area will have to face in the years ahead.

Tyler Carder, Largo


Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/18/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17