Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Put focus on pier's land amenities

Flexible, sensible design to build on | Jan. 21, editorial

Put focus on pier's land amenities

This editorial is surprisingly optimistic given that the winning design fails to solve the community's well-documented criticisms of the existing pier building: The walk is too long; the sun shading is inadequate; the integration with downtown poor; and the budget for the complete scheme is more than double what has been set aside.

The good news is that the Maltzan team was the best choice among the finalists. The bad news is that the City Council is being asked to approve a scheme that does not solve these most essential requirements for the design.

Refining the likely $150 million scheme will do nothing but water down the Lens concept. My thought: Forget the over-the-water "tiara" and focus on the delightful solution the Maltzan team proposed for the 20-acre on-land component of the design. That scope of project may be affordable and provide downtown with the urban statement it needs.

Jerry Li, South Pasadena

Florida GOP primary

Gingrich's ethics deficit

The big news as we head into the Florida primary is Newt Gingrich's surge in the polls. That surge seems to have been enhanced by his bellowing denials to CNN moderator John King in response to his ex-wife's allegation that he asked for an "open marriage." Where have we heard this kind of "I did not have sex with that woman" denial before?

As House speaker, Gingrich spent untold congressional man-hours and public funds pursuing the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying and denying having an affair. At least Clinton eventually came clean. Newt is still bellowing denials.

I am a conservative, but Gingrich's lying and denials make him seem unprincipled, opportunistic and manipulative.

Robert Beatty, Tampa

Leave personal life alone

Newt Gingrich's win in South Carolina was described as the primal scream of the Republican Party. I agree. America is tired of the dirty politics and the media's support for such tactics. Republicans are still angry about what was done to Herman Cain and dragging Gingrich's vindictive ex-wife out two days before the primary stunk.

Most Americans do not care who candidates have sex with. Many great leaders have been womanizers.

Jane Fulmer, Sebastian

Poor example

God may have forgiven Newt Gingrich for his "indiscretions," but do voters really want a first lady in the White House who had a years-long affair with a married man?

John H. Rindahl, St. Petersburg

10 questions from Florida for the GOP candidates | Jan. 23, editorial

Rising to the occasion

Congratulations on a fine and overdue editorial.

Although I sometimes think your paper is weak in critical coverage areas — international news, entertainment and related arts and, most especially, horticulture and botany come immediately to mind — occasionally you really do rise to your claim: Florida's Best Newspaper, indeed, even one of the best in the nation. Today is such a day.

H. Alton Lee, Gulfport

Debate missed key issues

Congratulations on the excellent editorial highlighting the key issues that merit attention heading into election day. Too bad the debaters Monday night in Tampa ignored them — including Social Security — for the most part.

What we need now is an identification of specific proposals to lift us from the present malaise. As a Florida senior, I am concerned about economic security and the future of Social Security, which has become a favorite target of politicians.

Instead of hurting needy seniors, why not strengthen Social Security, for instance by increasing the payroll contribution base to, say, $250,000 and reducing benefits to wealthy seniors?

Who among the presidential contenders will focus on similar concrete measures, rather than bashing each other and our president?

Mukunda Rao, Tampa

Clinics serve vital function | Jan. 23, letter

Objective diagnoses needed

I understand the letter writer's concern about the automobile PIP bill that requires accident injuries be treated first in a hospital emergency room within 72 hours. This procedure will obviously clog the ERs.

However, under our current PIP system, many people complaining of injury often go to their attorney first, who refers them to a chiropractic clinic. The injury is then often diagnosed as a subjective, soft-tissue one.

I speak to this problem as someone who began my career in the insurance industry 47 years ago as a claims adjuster. We would see the chiropractic clinics providing extensive treatments to patients in order to increase the amount of settlements. Insurance companies would then settle cases in order to avoid high defense costs and juries that would see the defendant as the "deep pockets" insurance company.

We obviously need a better system to handle PIP injuries, and just maybe emergency rooms are the best means of obtaining a necessary, and early, objective diagnosis.

Robert K. Reader, Clearwater

Safety first on cruise ships | Jan. 21

Not feeling very safe

Your editorial states that under U.S. cruise ship protocols, passengers attend a mandatory briefing on security procedures before leaving port. We returned to Miami on our cruise ship the same day that the ship in Italy had its accident.

It was then that we started to question how we were briefed. We were told to appear in one of the nightclubs on board, where a crew member demonstrated how to put on a life jacket. We were stunned that that was all the information we received. In past cruises, we all had to try on a life vest and went to our muster stations on the balcony next to where the lifeboats were.

This time, we never knew how to get down to where the life rafts were or even what floor we had to get to. They wanted us to return to the nightclub in case of an accident and be led by a crew member. The accident in Italy shows us that would be a huge mistake. It's everyone for themselves.

Safety procedures need an awful lot of improving.

M. Davis, New Port Richey


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...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My 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. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18