Saturday, June 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Postal Service should be priority

Mailboxes to have that empty feeling | Feb. 7, editorial

Postal Service should be priority

I have had enough of our government's shameful postal policy. The latest measure is to stop Saturday mail delivery.

Our government has a twisted sense of fairness. It will spend billions on foreign aid, give away billions to countries to beef up their armies, provide billions in benefits to illegals while, at the same time, cutting postal service that all Americans use. The U.S. Postal Service covers every nook and cranny throughout the United States, whether it is a remote rural area, a large city or an island delivery by boat. U.S. Postal Service employees work hard to provide great service at a very reasonable price. If our government needs to subsidize the post office, so what?

With email, texting and other means of quick communications, the post office is fighting an uphill battle to stay profitable. Our government wastes money each year with lost military equipment, welfare fraud, funding pet projects and keeping politicians happy with pork-barrel legislation instead of supporting our post offices and workers to maintain full service. Our priorities are going in the wrong direction. We must stop this nonsense by writing our congressmen with a loud message to save our post offices and the people who serve us.

Roger T. Abraham, Tampa

Pope: I must resign | Feb. 12

A voice of conscience

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, we all knew that his papacy would not last as long as some predecessors. So his resignation should not be a complete surprise, and we ought to praise God for the eight years that Pope Benedict has been able to serve and lead the Catholic Church.

Still, even though I am not Catholic, I was saddened to read of his resignation. As a cardinal, and then as pope, he has been a tireless advocate for the true values of Christianity — values that are sadly being lost, and attacked, all over the world.

Benedict is one of the few voices that have had the courage to speak out for true Christ-like discipleship and for traditional family values. With his resignation, we are losing a voice of conscience that we can ill afford to lose.

I am going to miss Benedict very much and will have him in my prayers.

Johann Christoph Arnold, senior pastor, Bruderhof Communities, Rifton, N.Y.

FDA may tighten up hydrocodone limits Feb. 9

Proposal increases costs

The FDA proposal to tighten restrictions on hydrocodone is going to have a major financial impact on seniors who need this drug for chronic pain. We will now be required to visit our primary care physician on a monthly basis and pay an insurance co-pay for the visit just to pick up a prescription. In turn, the doctor will bill Medicare for the visit. This will increase out-of-pocket expenses for those on fixed incomes and increase the cost of Medicare.

It is the responsibility of doctors to monitor their patients' usage, and pharmacies should monitor doctor-shopping. Why is the onus, once again, being placed on seniors and those with disabilities for additional costs?

Please contact your legislative representatives to stop the madness.

Mike Mills, Spring Hill

No crying in baseball | Feb. 7, letter

Respect the taxpayers

I agree with the letter writer's comment that the protracted debate over the Tampa Bay Rays' ownership seeking a new baseball stadium is a "major fiasco" in our community. I couldn't agree more with his suggestion that the Rays pay off the current stadium lease and then they can build a new stadium with their own money.

I am tired of sports entertainment owners continuing to take advantage of taxpayers for their own self-interest.

William Moutsatsos, Tampa

Obama weighs more policy by executive order | Feb. 11

Monarchical intent

Since the election it seems that President Barack Obama has decided he has unlimited powers to make laws and will do so by executive orders, completely ignoring the Constitution and Congress. It appears that he now considers himself a monarch and can do anything he pleases without any regard for the other two branches of government. I thought we had a democracy, not a dictatorship. Congress needs to put a stop to Obama's arrogance.

Dayle Stevens, Largo

Springs' issues lack priority | Feb. 11

Water should be priority

There are three essentials to sustain life: our air, food and water. Therefore any danger to these essentials should not be a question of money and should receive priority.

Our legislators feel there is no urgency to address the ongoing pollution of Florida's springs. These legislators won't be around when the point of no return comes and the springs become so polluted that it will be impossible to restore them. As the springs are a major tourist attraction and supply our everyday drinking water, how can they ignore this issue? The Legislature must act now and not allow money or big business to stand in the way. The future of Florida depends on it.

Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City

Rubio adopts skeptical stance on global warming science | Feb. 11

In denial on the facts

Like a child who covers his ears with his hands and shouts nonsense to prevent hearing something he does not want to hear, Sen. Marco Rubio wants to deny the facts that tell us that the actions of mankind have made the world's environment worse than it would have been.

He asserts there is "reasonable debate" on the issue, presumably from some scientists. No issue will be seen in exactly the same way by 100 percent of scientists. But how large a percentage of scientists reject the fundamentals of the case for our contributions to the environment's woes and possibilities of making changes for the better? I suspect that percentage is very low.

Have Rubio and others who want to deny mankind's role in the environment thought about how they will be evaluated when future generations live with rising seas, longer droughts and more massive storms? Rubio says he worries about the burdens on future generations caused by debt. Can future generations afford for people like Rubio to be wrong and to pay the environmental debt created by them?

Rod Palmateer, Clearwater


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: 06/15/18

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18