Hypocrisy over Hondurans | Aug. 5, letter to the editor
Let them take care of their own
Does this letter writer realize that the "tiny number of Honduran children" housed in Pasco County, as well as other refugees resettled in Pasco, will cost taxpayers nearly $3 million, according to a July 24 Tampa Bay Times article?
The U.S. government estimates that nearly 60,000 persons have crossed our border illegally this year. If 3 million taxpayer dollars are being spent in Pasco caring for a small number of refugees, what will the cost be for 60,000?
The letter writer takes the moral high ground and suggests that citizens may object because of skin color. How ridiculous.
The U.S. government also estimates that 150,000 illegal immigrants will cross the border by next year. They again will be mostly financially supported by our tax dollars. Maybe, just maybe, citizens object because they think that the U.S. government should take care of its own citizens first, and that Central America has an obligation to take care of its own.
Patricia Wood, Brooksville
Rising tensions over Ukraine freeze U.S., Russian nuclear pact | Aug. 3
Echoes of Hiroshima
The once-promising collaboration between U.S. and Russian nuclear scientists is now no longer taking place. And then there's the daily news of injured and dead children from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So this might be a good time for us to push the pause button and think about what happened 69 years ago in 1945, on Aug. 6. and Aug. 9. That's when the United States dropped two nuclear bombs, one on Hiroshima and three days later one on Nagasaki, Japan. These horrific events remain a constant threat to the health and safety of the world these 69 years later.
Seventeen thousand nuclear weapons exist today, mainly in the United States and Russia, with smaller numbers in the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. Many of these nuclear warheads are on high alert and ready to be fired within minutes. Human error, a computer failure, limited conflict between nuclear nations or a cyber attack launched by a terrorist group all could lead to the launch of nuclear weapons. And there is no recall button! As we commemorate those who lost their lives and the hundreds of thousands of lives that were forever changed, we must continue to work to make sure this never happens again.
Lynn Ringenberg, Tampa
Stadium issue lingers for Rays | Aug. 1
Let us learn from Miami
Once again, the Times has made the supposition that with a new baseball stadium, Tampa Bay Rays attendance and revenue would increase, more "big-name" players could be hired and the Rays would be a better team. How did that work out for the Miami Marlins? They soaked the taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars, built their stadium, saw a temporary uptick in attendance, hired "big-name" players, didn't do much better as a team and dumped the players the following year.
Bottom line: The Marlins are still a mediocre team, and taxpayers are out the money to build a "factory" for a private, for-profit entity.
Hal Freedman, St. Petersburg
Legislators just never learn | Aug. 3, oped
Vote to change Tallahassee
Lucy Morgan's op-ed was excellent, but I take exception to her concluding statement that Florida politicians have learned nothing over the past 30 years. Politicians have learned very well that most people pay little or no attention to what politicians do, nor do they seem to care. This is evident from the embarrassingly low voter turnout in local, state and national elections. For this reason politicians have also learned that they can get away with pretty much anything. Until we change the character of the people we send to Tallahassee nothing much will change in Tallahassee and that can only be done at election time. Please: Be concerned, spend some time becoming informed, and most important, vote.
Dave Loeffert, Dunedin
Transit tax finds new foe | July 26
Bus service is relevant
A recent Times article regarding a new antitax group working against the Greenlight Pinellas campaign quotes the head of the group, Doug Guetzloe, as saying that the proposed 65 percent increase in bus service "is irrelevant to the vote" and that "the only people who ride buses are the people who need to ride buses and they don't constitute anything close to the majority of the population."
Given the state of our current transit network, the latter statement is true. However, the contrary can be true with a more efficient system. A prime example is San Francisco, which has a similar layout to the Tampa Bay area. The bus system there is utilized by individuals from many demographics — and not just those who "need to ride buses." If the time taken to commute via bus is equivalent to or less than that of a car, I would argue that the benefits will draw many to opt for public transit.
Paying bus fare in lieu of filling up your gas tank means more money in your pocket. Less wear and tear on your personal vehicle means more money in your pocket. The ability to access the Internet allows for email to be checked and other simple business to be conducted prior to arrival, which, as a consequence, means more time to focus on more important issues during your workday and your personal time. The list of benefits goes on.
Therefore, the increase in bus service is not "irrelevant to the vote." I urge voters to consider these points and vote "yes" on Greenlight Pinellas.
Clifton Garrison, Tampa
All Children's Hospital
Grateful for top-notch care
Recently my 15-year-old grandson needed urgent medical attention and we were referred to the All Children's Hospital emergency room.
With all the controversy these days about hospitals and medical care, I would like to commend All Children's Hospital and its staff for the kindness, top-notch attention, and education they provided in their beautiful facility. It gave me a newfound perspective and hope for the medical profession, and even though it turned out to be a life-changing event for my grandson, he was able adjust because of the support he received there. For this we are both grateful.
Carolyn Shockey, New Port Richey