Sunday, December 17, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17