Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Romney keeps flipping his positions

Obama has earned a second term | Oct. 21, editorial

Romney keeps flipping positions

Mitt Romney's tax plan simply does not add up. Even eliminating all deductions will not cover the $5 trillion tax cut. His jobs plan is sketchy at best. He has changed his mind several times on the issue of abortion. He is inept relating to other countries, insulting foe and friend alike. His rejection of 47 percent of citizens is unforgivable. He still refuses to say whether or not he believes in equal pay for women.

It may be important to some voters that neither Romney, his father, grandfather nor any of his sons ever served in the military. A political analyst referred to Romney men as suffering from "generational combat cowardice," but the candidate still wants to be commander in chief.

His positions depend on what is convenient for him at the time. Being a "perfectly lubricated weathervane," as one Republican rival put it, we have no idea which way he will be pointing if elected.

Jaime Reyes, Homestead

Obama has earned a second term Oct. 21, editorial

Obama just marking time

I've listened to Mitt Romney's answers to each of the Times' talking points endorsing the president. I find him more persuasive and aspirational — and decent. I get the feeling President Barack Obama is merely treading water intellectually and waiting to spend and extort taxes and redistribute in an unfettered second term.

I suspect that Obama's partisans understand at some level that he deserves to lose, given the incompetence of his administration, the stagnant economy, and our serial humiliations abroad. The media cocoon enfolding the president is thick, but not so thick as to protect him from all that.

I believe Romney's credibility may be more apparent to just enough voters after Monday night's debate on the bitter fruits of the administration's transnational, progressive foreign policies.

Gary Harrington, St. Petersburg

Obamacare's high cost

The Times endorsement for President Barack Obama contains this feel-good assumption: "The Affordable Care Act … offers sweeping health care reform that presidents from both political parties unsuccessfully pursued for decades. More than 30 million uninsured Americans will get health coverage."

Now please consider some facts. Several retailers, including Kroger, with combined employment of well over 100,000 people, along with national quick-serve employers, including Darden, may adjust their "full time" employment to 29.5 hours in order to avoid the sting from Obamacare.

You were correct in using the word "sweeping" — it may result in the largest downward shift ever in full-time weekly work hours, resulting in even lower household income.

Steve McConihay, Clearwater

Friend of the powerful

The Times endorsement for President Barack Obama included an outstanding summary of many issues and your reasons for supporting the president. I would add that Obama has been consistent in his handling of all these issues, while his opponent has changed positions repeatedly according to his audience at the time.

We don't know where Mitt Romney will stand tomorrow or the next day on any issue but one: He will do everything to ensure that the wealthy and powerful remain that way.

Ron Linder, Tampa

Campaign 2012

Tax cuts and jobs

We have heard from a number of candidates during this campaign that in order to create more jobs we should cut taxes on businesses. It simply does not work that way. Having owned a number of businesses and been in management of a Fortune 500 company, I've learned that regardless of the size of the business, more employees are never hired because taxes have been reduced.

Businesses hire employees as needed to meet demand, or anticipated demand, for their products or services. There may be some good reasons to reduce taxes on business, but creating jobs is not one of them. Businesses are not going to hire people unless there is something for them to do that helps the business.

Joe Crites, Clearwater

Home lessons abroad

My husband and I just returned from a trip to three post-Soviet countries plus three regions that are still under communist control. When finding out that we were from the United States, many individuals — from taxi drivers to Ph.D. guides — asked us why we were allowing our country to move toward socialism. These people said they hold America as their ideal. They want our freedoms: to vote, to lead our daily lives, to not have constant control of our choices, to go and live where we wish, to be able to worship or not without persecution. These folks say that socialism and communism do not work.

To be able to vote is a gift — please do not throw that right away. Study the candidates, their associations, their backgrounds, their beliefs, and their visions for America. Our freedoms are precious.

Jill Melkonian, Clearwater

Rates low for years | Oct. 22, letter

Rates and reality

In defense of President Barack Obama, a letter writer says "interest rates on CDs and savings accounts have been low for the past 15 years." Between July and December 2008 — the end of the Bush years — I took out several four- and five-year CDs at 5 to 5.25 percent. Current rates are from 0.5 to 1.67 percent.

Edward Strickland, Palm Harbor

Grade system puzzles many | Oct. 20

Demeaning evaluations

In my 30 years of teaching in Pinellas County, I have never experienced such a ludicrous, meaningless, demeaning evaluation of educators as the "value-added model" the state has paid who knows how many millions to a private consultant to create. By the roll of the dice, I received "effective" (I normally receive "highly effective") thanks to working at a high-performing school.

Many of my fellow excellent teachers who work at schools with predominately struggling students received "needs to improve" or even lower since half of their appraisal was based on FCAT reading scores at their school. These reading scores became a part of the teacher's appraisal even if the teacher taught art, PE, music, or if they were a guidance counselor.

Frances Doyle, St. Petersburg


Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial 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 litiga...
Updated: 8 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