Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Seek a middle ground on open carry

More bad law from NRA | Aug. 12, editorial

Seek compromise on open carry

I almost gasped when you conflated legitimate self-defense with vigilantism. I would have resigned my NRA membership years ago if I felt that it appealed to vigilantes.

Even your Trayvon Martin example falls flat; it has nothing to do with open carry. Moreover, the case hasn't even been tried. More often than not, so-called "concealed carry tragedies" turn out to be false claims based on the assumption that the shooter is already guilty. Or worse yet, some shooters do not even have permits or legally owned guns.

I personally am agnostic on open carry. But the more you resort to hyperbole, the less likely people sitting on the fence will agree with your case. Compromise is possible. Perhaps we can allow bans on open carry only in incorporated areas such as cities, for starters.

Leonard Martino, Tampa

Look to other states

Florida is one of eight states that does not allow open carry of firearms. Many other states do allow open carry and seem to do so with no problems. Would it not make common sense to copy the open carry laws of these states?

Dabiel Vogel, Tampa

Restaurants seeing more inspections Aug. 11

Hypocrisy on the menu

I laughed out loud when I read this article noting the increased frequency in health inspections of local restaurants in anticipation of the Republican National Convention. This encapsulates the inherent hypocrisy of the current Republican Party mantra of limited government regulations and reduced government spending.

When the Republican elite leave the controlled environments of their exclusive gated communities and private country clubs, they insist government agencies step up the spending to cater to their every personal concern: food safety, security, etc. Once they return to their protected surroundings, spending government funds on safety enforcement for the general public is considered government intrusion and wasteful government spending.

Cynthia Fargo, New Port Richey

Paul Ryan

No time to waste

In light of Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, I foresee a wave of letters blasting Ryan with the false claim he is trying to end Medicare when he is just trying to change it. I would ask anyone holding this view to honestly ask themselves: Why is he messing with it in the first place? Could it be that the Congressional Budget Office predicts that the growth of entitlement spending and especially Medicare will virtually bankrupt this country in 20 years?

So far, the Ryan plan from the Republican-controlled House is the only one that addresses this dilemma. The Democrat-led Senate can't even seem to pass a budget. Time is running out, and the longer we wait the more drastic the answer will have to be.

Mark Grosenbaugh, Tampa

Sink or swim approach

Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan for his vice presidential selection is a triumph for the belief in "rugged individualism," "sink or swimism" and a host of other "isms," such as Social Darwinism and objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

It is all well and good if you are succeeding in life or have the economic and social resources to overcome whatever obstacles you might be facing. However, there are millions who cannot swim and will "sink" without some type of compassionate assistance, either from the government or a social service agency.

Cutting Medicaid, privatizing Social Security, and cutting other safety net programs is shallow, cruel and makes a mockery of the myth of "compassionate conservatism," as if there was ever any truth to that concept.

Michael S. Greenberg, Clearwater

Villages developer a master of GOP cash flow Aug. 12

It's about fun, not politics

Yes, this community is largely Republican, but as an independent liberal thinker, I don't care. We do not discuss politics with our neighbors and friends, mostly because we are so happy living here.

This is probably the best community in Florida. Yes it's too far from the "big" water, but most of us have "been there, done that." We can be busy doing fun and entertaining things all day long, then go to the town squares and dance like teenagers.

H. Gary Morse may be extremely rich; good for him. He has built an amazing community and most of us don't care that he gets a piece of everything, or that he's a big contributor to the Republican Party. Politics is not why we live here — we love the nonstop fun.

Janice Gibney, The Villages

Pressure tactics

Long before I learned about the Villages' corporate politics, I sensed that its residents were being manipulated by the developer. I would compare the dissemination of such blatantly Republican propaganda to a similar experience I had at a development in Jacksonville. I attended what was supposed to be a political forum, but it actually was a convenient opportunity for management to tell the residents how to vote. I found myself to be a minority of one as an audience participant.

I have a suggestion for anyone who is looking for a retirement home. Take some time to speak to the residents and ask some pointed questions. Then act on your political ideals.

John R. Gallo, Ruskin

London Olympics

A weighty example

It was with a feeling of pride that I watched the United States win the most Olympic medals. Yet how ironic that the United States also has one of the highest rates of obesity.

Let us resolve to honor our Olympic athletes by doing our part to destroy these statistics. Encourage your family and friends to take the stairs, to walk, to run and play outside, to exercise, and to maintain a healthy body weight. Let's show the world that the Olympic spirit lives within each of us.

Jan Kokernot, St. Petersburg


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18