Saturday, June 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: GOP can't ignore college students

Republican Party

GOP can't ignore college students

I am a senior at the University of West Florida and a conservative. Although my love for my conservative beliefs runs deep, I am a little worried about the future. The Republican Party tends to treat college students as a guaranteed Democratic vote, and my fears are that this attitude will cause many moderate students to keep going to the left.

I remember going to John McCain rallies in 2008 and not once did he mention college students. I can't even remember the last time a GOP candidate had a coalition for college students. If the party just took time and attempted to court the college vote, they might find the results surprising.

College students have fears about the continuing financial crisis and are also concerned about the higher taxes coming our way with the health care law. Although I don't agree with gay marriage and abortion, I believe the GOP needs to come off as less against these issues and more focused on the real problems of this nation. Here's a hint: It's the economy. Then maybe enough college students would shift to the right to give the GOP hope going forward.

Joshua A. Smith, Port Richey

Greek lessons

As a first-generation Greek-American, I was starting to get annoyed with Mitt Romney continually saying he does not want us to fail like Greece. After speaking to my cousin in Greece, she told me that the Greeks are now saying they don't want to fail like Romney.

Billy Drulias, Palm Harbor

Homeowner blasts police's Taser use Nov. 13

Too much Tasering

There needs to be an honest and thorough investigation of the use of Tasers by police officers. When Tasers were first introduced, they were to be used by officers in situations where their lives were threatened or there was a reasonable threat of bodily harm to them.

A handcuffed woman attempting to escape a police station or, in this case, a concerned neighbor attempting to extinguish a house fire, do not seem to pass the litmus test.

Jim Ahearn, Clearwater

Obama again urges tax cuts | Nov. 11

Rates would stay the same

This article's headline — "Obama again urges tax cuts" — is at the least misleading.

If the president gets what he wants, we will be paying the same rates as now. What we won't get, unless all the Bush tax cuts expire, is a tax increase.

The president wants a tax increase on income above $250,000, with all other rates staying the same. That is not a tax break and the headline should reflect that.

Tom Frain, Tarpon Springs

Crist's phone rings: It's Obama | Nov. 11, Tim Nickens column

Party of convenience

What makes former Gov. Charlie Crist think he will have the support of Republicans when he runs for office again? Does he think Democrats and independents who do not trust him will vote for him? After all, he changed parties merely to try to win a Senate seat. What's that say about his integrity and values? He was glad to be a Republican when he was winning but jumped ship as soon as he saw Marco Rubio was going to clean his clock.

Does Crist now agree with President Barack Obama's position that conservatives are merely people who cling to their guns and religion? I believe he does. I think Crist will gladly toe the party line if elected.

Richard Golden, San Antonio

Myanmar travel on roster for Obama | Nov. 9

Ill-advised trip

This foreign trip is another example of President Barack Obama not leading the effort to get the expiration of the pending tax cuts extended. He just doesn't like to lead or take command. It's a disgrace.

He should not leave Washington until this is settled.

John Hutchison, Tampa

A rite gone horribly wrong | Nov. 11

Mob mentality

Mobs, groups and associations will do ghastly things that an individual would not do. Wars and genocides happen when people stop being individuals.

I have seen bullying and hazing in both schools and churches. As a young teenager I wanted to invite the black children of our neighborhood to the vacation Bible school held by the church of my childhood. I was told not to do that. They would not be welcome and I would be in big trouble if they came. I gave in to the power of the church. It was a wakeup call and started me thinking about how wrong groups can be.

Now I am an old woman and I believe more than ever in the importance and power of the individual. Witness all the individuals standing in line last week to vote, expressing themselves peacefully and calmly.

Doris Taylor, Brooksville

Toddler found alive in pool | Nov. 9

Make all pools safer

After reading about a 20-month-old child who wandered into a neighbor's pool and was found underwater by his nanny, I wondered why the pool didn't have some kind of fence to restrain unsupervised children from entering it. The article pointed out that only pools built after 2002 had to have a barrier to protect unsupervised children from entering. This pool was built in 1985 and exempt from the statute.

All pools should have some type of barrier to protect children. Florida law should be changed so that swimming pools will be safer.

Gerard Vernot, Land O'Lakes

No apology from Scott | Nov. 10

Shortage of poll workers

I have worked as a poll worker for over a decade and I can explain at least some of the reasons the lines were so long at the polls this election.

In the past, for the presidential elections, there were three "inspectors" for each precinct in St. Pete Beach. These are the people who greet you, ask for a photo ID, and have you sign the register. At the primary in August, there were two inspectors for each precinct. Last week, there was only one inspector and only one person, not two or three, who handed out ballots.

There was only one machine, used for two precincts, to process four pages of ballots for each voter. Naturally, the lines were long and people had to wait. Perhaps the same was true in Miami-Dade. I can only surmise that there wasn't enough money for more workers and machines.

Muriel Desloovere, St. Pete Beach


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

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...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

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