Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Stop the steep rise in health costs

Most voters oppose health care law | July 13

Stop the steep rise in health costs

I too am against Obamacare, as I'm against all socialized medicine, but I see this election as a chance for the Republicans to help America whether they win or lose.

We all know that something has to be done about medicine in America. Just two horrible examples. One of my relatives spent 24 hours in a hospital and the bill was $22,400. A Russian student staying with us went to the emergency room for five hours and the bill was $9,000. Do we all agree things are out of control?

So I urge Republican candidates to take the time to produce ads on TV explaining how medical costs can be brought down from insanity to something reasonable. Thus, whether you win or lose you will do something great for America.

Roy E. Rood, Tampa

Compromise in order

How long do the people have to suffer before government starts doing its job? I'm so angry that House Republicans wasted more time with another vote to repeal affordable health care. Why doesn't Congress do something constructive for a change? How about passing some bills that would help workers and the middle class? How about compromising on something and accomplishing something? Tearing things down is the only thing these lawmakers are interested in. Can't we move on from this issue?

Not one of the lawmakers who voted for repeal seems to care about the tens of millions of people in the United States who would go without health care if Obamacare were struck down.

Out of 33 developed nations, the United States is the only one without universal health care. If universal care works well in other countries, it can work well here.

Darcelle Kimatian, Lutz

Majority backs noncitizen voter purge July 15

Florida voter purge effort shouldn't snare legal voters

Of course the recent survey showed that most people support Gov. Rick Scott's noncitizen voter purge. It is illegal for noncitizens to vote, and no one wants that to occur.

However, what is not addressed in this poll are the faulty methods that have been used to suppress legal voters who were targeted in this dragnet effort and the flawed way people were removed from the rolls if they didn't receive their letter in the mail or didn't respond to it.

Have you ever mailed a letter that was lost, or have you ever received a letter that should have been delivered to your neighbor? The problem with the method that was used is that if you are a legal voter, but you never receive the notice, you can have your voting rights taken away. That's wrong.

Until a system is developed that does not include legal U.S. citizens, this effort should be suspended.

Jane Gibbons, Tampa

Obama jabs at Romney's record | July 15

Part of the campaign

I am amazed that Mitt Romney, after years of ruthless business practices, is whining to the press that President Barack Obama is out of bounds bringing up his record at Bain Capital and the Boston Globe's story on when he left that job. After all, Romney is running on his record as a businessman, so that record is part of the campaign.

I want him to reveal his tax returns for more than three years and defend why his business style and practices would be good for our country if he ended up in the White House.

Celeste Pettijohn, Tampa

Full disclosure

Mitt Romney touted how he would provide full and total transparency if elected. Perhaps he or a member of his staff can explain why he refuses to provide tax returns other than the one he has submitted. Imagine if Barack Obama did the same; the GOP would go nuts.

If you are told to "empty your pockets," you don't empty one and then deny the other as "nothing to see." We all know how rich he is, so what is he hiding?

Spencer Blank, Ocala

Opinion polls

Behind the numbers

We are seeing poll results almost daily now, covering politically charged issues such as health care, gun laws, voting regulations, as well as the politicians themselves.

These polls, mostly conducted over the phone, almost always cite a plus/minus margin of error of 3.5 percent or some other number. However, that statistical reasoning is only valid on a perfect probability sample, where every person has an equal chance of being in the survey. No sample is perfect, but some can be downright misleading, and this leads to some questions:

Are cellphone-only households included? If not, what percent of households are comprised of these types and what are their demographics?

What is the cooperation rate of the survey? What percent of those in the target sample, which may already exclude cellphone-only households, actually complete the survey?

Of those who do complete the survey, what are their demographics compared to the general population?

I suspect most people only want the headline results, but I think we need to be careful about publishing results that may not be representative, as those results themselves influence how people think about the issues and politicians.

Dave McCubbin, Palm Harbor

Committed to healthy Everglades July 15, commentary

Campaign advertising

I do not recall in my lifetime seeing an opinion piece published in any newspaper written by a sitting president.

It is interesting that our president, three months prior to the election, in this swing state, has chosen to send an opinion piece to the Tampa Bay Times touting his commitment to a healthy Everglades.

A cynic might conclude that the Obama re-election team has come up with an innovative way to obtain gratuitous campaign advertising.

I wonder if other newspapers across the country are supporting the president's re-election by publishing similar thinly disguised campaign pieces.

Stu Raymond, Gulf Harbors


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18