Thursday, April 26, 2018
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


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

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