Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Sick children deserve better than this

Standoff on health care gets critical | May 31

Sick children deserve better

Our daughter, McKinley, has been undergoing treatment for leukemia for two years at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Recently, United-Healthcare failed to reach an agreement for a new contract for services provided there. Since we are currently undergoing treatment, we will be covered as in-network for the next six months. However, there are thousands of other families in the area who will need treatment at this hospital soon, so this dispute needs to be addressed immediately.

Since the expiration of the contract, we have already encountered issues with our daughter's scheduled treatments. One treatment she missed likely contributed to her having to be admitted to the hospital for two nights and her being put on a chemo hold for a week for her immune system to recover. This is unacceptable, and the families and children of southwest Florida deserve better. Being told that certain services may not be covered or that we need to seek treatment elsewhere is not an option.

We have no intention of taking our daughter anywhere else for her care but to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Taking her away from highly specialized physicians who know her two years' of medical history so well is simply not an option. They are family to her.

Increasing the financial, mental and emotional burden on these families is not an option. We need your help in making our voices heard. Our primary focus is the treatment of our children. We should not have to be concerned with insurance contract negotiations that I can only assume have failed because a private company is more concerned with the value of its stock than the quality of treatment and services available for children and their families.

Casey and Karen Moore, Bradenton

Horrors of WWII still vivid as veteran turns 100 years old | May 30

A history of bravery

In these days of assumed outrage, where most of the news and public interest is critically focused on daily politics, this story about Harvey Lentz stood out due to its wonderful subject and his positive message.

Mr. Lentz reminds us that we Americans have a history of bravery, of achievement. His story was captivating and encouraging. The events described in the story are a great description of his time in Europe: I felt I was there with him. I thank him for his service.

Andrew DeWeerd, Clearwater

Trump's faithful: Give him a chance | May 28

No simple solutions

Four out of the eight Trump supporters interviewed for this story were first-time voters, all in their 50s or 60s. What does this say about them and their unwavering support for the president? First of all, it boggles the mind that these highly opinionated people reached middle age and never bothered to vote.

Were they too busy? Were there no candidates put forth in the three decades or more of their voting eligibility that these people felt deserved their vote?

Or is the answer that these are intellectually incurious people who never bother to read a newspaper or history book, never take time to learn about the issues facing their local, state and national governments. Hence, they also were too indisposed, uninterested or just plain lazy to vote.

Apparently these non-voters aren't cognizant of the hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans who died in defense of this democracy whose greatest gift is the right to vote. They also seem to be ignorant of Russia's long history of brutal expansionism at the expense of its neighbors.

Why did they turn out to vote this time? Probably because of the simplicity of Donald Trump's message. Our shuttered factories and sinking wages are someone else fault: immigrants, Muslims, blacks and Latinos. More complicated answers like automation, a global economy and a greedy, corrupt Wall Street aren't part of the Trumpian explanation for the country's woes. He is a man of simple solutions, a perfect candidate for the uninterested, apathetic American.

Mike Salinero, Tampa

Criticism is part of liberty | Letter, May 28

Go directly to the source

The letter writer says, in part, that the right of media to criticize and even mock the president is the foundation of our free society. I don't disagree, but just ask that the media report facts and not information from "sources." The writer says that Trump revealed classified information to the Russian ambassador. What classified information? He then fired FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation. How do we know that? The information came from "sources" of the New York Times and Washington Post. Remember that "sources" also have an agenda and I suggest we wait for the results of the Robert Mueller investigation before making assumptions based on information from "sources."

Bob Butler, Tampa

All grads raise your hand | May 27

Committed superintendent

After attending several graduations this year, I noticed something I'd never seen in the 30 years that I taught in Hillsborough County schools. Our superintendent, Jeff Eakins, the same man I've seen at multiple school and community events in the last few months, the same man who turned down a raise to exemplify his commitment to our schools, attended the graduations for all 27 high schools, along with the graduation for the adult high school programs and technical colleges. He shook the hand of every Hillsborough County public school graduate who crossed the platform and received a diploma.

Furthermore, when he arrived a few minutes early for the graduations, he mingled with faculty and students who were awaiting the ceremonies, congratulating them, thanking them, praising them and listening to them. The character traits that Eakins displays speak volumes to us about his pride in our schools, his desire to ensure our students' successes, and his commitment to show continual improvement within our schools.

Judi Briant, Thonotosassa


Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18