Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: It pays to invest in children

Early education

It pays to invest in children

Amid the partisanship in Washington, there is something a majority of people of all political stripes care about: high-quality early childhood education. Three national polls conducted this summer show that Americans strongly support public investment in young children. Yes, it's a tough fiscal climate, but the polls, along with the work of noted economists, show this should not be a tough decision for policymakers.

Florida has made progress in early childhood education, but too many children lack access to high-quality early learning experiences. Families have difficulties finding and affording quality early childhood programs, and many children came to kindergarten this year behind their peers who did have access to programs that support their developmental and learning readiness.

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio should vote to end the flawed sequestration and support the economically sound expansion of access to quality programs for children in their first five years. We can make smart investments now, or pay much more later because we didn't seize an opportunity to come together for the sake of our children and our economy.

On an issue where so many people agree, and where we know how to provide high-quality early childhood education, this should be a no-brainer and an opportunity for bipartisan congressional action.

Suzanne Gellens, executive director, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, Tampa

Amazon center on way | Oct. 11

Jobs for whom?

It is a wonderful thing to see a company the size of Amazon coming to the area and providing 1,000 much-needed jobs.

My hope is that someone will oversee the hiring so that qualified American citizens get these jobs and not so much as one single illegal or undocumented person is employed.

A couple of times in past American history when our unemployment rates were so high our president sent visiting foreigners home — legal or not.

We have 11 million illegals. What are we waiting for?

Chuck Fuller, Riverview

Debt ceiling

Damage has been done

At this point it really won't matter if Congress and the White House agree on a plan to extend the debt ceiling. Already the European Union, International Monetary Fund and major creditors, represented by China, have stated that U.S. leadership in the world economy has been dealt a serious blow.

We have criticized the European Union, Russia and China as having unstable economic systems. Now these economies are sneering at the United States because our democratic system has failed us and brought us to the brink of financial ruin.

Ron Frankel, St. Petersburg

Young to retire | Oct. 9

Spending us into crisis

Your newspaper is making a hero out of Congressman C.W. Bill Young, simply because he delivered quite a sum of money to his home district. Those were taxpayer dollars.

This is precisely the reason our country is in a financial bind today. Wake up and tell your readers the truth.

Edward Leonard Flom, Tampa

Government shutdown

Insult to those who served

How awful that our veterans who gave so much for our freedom were not allowed, by this administration, to view the memorial honoring their service and valor fighting to protect our freedom in World War II.

I applaud the many Americans who came to their assistance by taking down the barricades and allowing the veterans, many in wheelchairs and well into their 90s, to gain access to the outdoor memorial.

Many veterans came from all across our country and were stopped just outside the memorial. How disgusting to do this to those who gave so much.

Lt. Col. Carmen LaBianca, USMC (Ret.), Largo

Pay for play

This might sound obvious, but if the government can pay employees to keep our parks and monuments closed, why can't it pay them to keep the parks and monuments open?

Kenneth R. Gilder, St. Petersburg

Florida backs flood lawsuit | Oct. 11

Human toll of flood rates

I have seen the face of this flood insurance debacle, and it is frightening. Our St. Pete Beach neighborhood association held a meeting last week that included a Q&A with local officials about the Biggert-Waters impact.

Over 60 percent of the attendees were retirees, nearly all of whom bought their modest, non-waterfront houses in our neighborhood in the late 1950s. When told that not only will their flood insurance rates be raised by 25 percent per year but that they will be unable to sell their homes because of the immediate $15,000 per year insurance rates the new homebuyer will inherit, we all heard a collective gasp from the entire audience.

As the meeting was breaking up, a 90-year-old widow who bought her little 1,200-square-foot bungalow in 1956 was on the verge of tears. She told me she has been wanting to sell her house and can't afford the insurance increase and asked me what she should do.

It darn near broke my heart to tell her there was nothing that could be done. Hers is the real face of this terrible bill, not the 5 percent of the wealthier waterfront homeowners.

Gregory Premer, St. Pete Beach

Hallmarks of decline | Oct. 14, letter

A wealth of problems

This letter asks whether the United States is heading in the direction of becoming a Third World country, giving an excellent listing of the hallmarks.

However, there was one missing: A major part of the nation's wealth is held by a small number of its citizens.

Donald W. Chandler, Clearwater


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litigants would ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18