Sunday, December 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Tarnished job, golden parachute

Who's to blame for costly debacle? | Robert Trigaux column

Tarnished job, golden parachute

How can former Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson not be held accountable? Or affect his future earnings with a salary of $4 million at the government-run Tennessee Valley Authority?

And, to put a real shine on his dismal work at Progress Energy, Johnson will receive exit payments of $55 million. Ain't that pretty? Most mere mortals showing this performance would be gone and forgotten. It baffles me to think what management on both sides were thinking. Not only did Johnson receive a golden parachute from his old management, he got a golden bridge to his new TVA job.

Even if the ratepayers had nothing to say about Johnson's payout, they will be directly responsible for his malfeasance and the financial mess he left behind. What an epitaph!

This may turn out to be a good thing — a scary nuclear plant possibly replaced by a natural gas-burning plant.

Jack Bechtold, New Port Richey

Duke pulls plug | Feb. 6

Invest in solar and wind

Duke Energy made the right decision Tuesday to permanently close the Crystal River nuclear power plant, which has been a tragic financial drain on many Floridians. Now Duke Energy must not continue this financial drain by building a new ultra-expensive nuclear power plant in Levy County, exposing residents to unnecessary environmental and public health risks.

As we approach the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its continuing negative impact on the economy, the environment and public health, building a nuclear power plant in Levy County doesn't make sense. We need to learn from Fukushima, and Chernobyl before that. Good jobs can be found in cleaner sources of energy, like solar and wind, which are good for public health, good for the environment and good for Florida.

Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, Tampa

Taking aim at bullet buyers | Feb. 1

Idea makes sense

As a 13-year-old interested in the gun control controversy, this article on background checks for ammunition caught my eye instantly. I personally think that it's much needed. It won't cause much of a difference in gun stores; if the article is correct, it should only take about four minutes for a background check to be completed. If people can wait in line to make a bank deposit, they can wait four minutes to buy bullets.

Also, this could reduce gun violence without violating the Second Amendment. Instead of something like banning or placing heavy restrictions on firearm purchases, restricting the purchase of ammunition still gives us the right to bear arms while reducing gun-related violence like mass shootings and gang activity.

Of course, there will always be straw buyers, who will buy guns, ammunition and alcohol for other people, and that will be hard to stop, but for now, background checks for ammunition is a great idea.

Luke Christu, Oldsmar

Gun control

Sense a threat? Speak up

I'm really tired of the seemingly unending gun control debates. It's not about the number of guns or bullets but the human beings utilizing them. Guns are inanimate objects that do not spontaneously kill people without human control. Certainly gun owners need to be responsible for the security of their weapons. But perhaps we need to get over our discomfort and reluctance to deal with mentally or emotionally disturbed people, get involved, and produce a solution to the problem of school shootings and other gun-related violence and deaths.

If you feel a person may have a problem that could escalate into violence to another, rather than ignoring it and looking the other way, tell someone who may be able to help the situation. Do something constructive. To quote Albert Einstein, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

Sally Biggs, St. Petersburg

Teachers sign up for free weapons class Feb. 5

More guns isn't answer

If you arm all the schoolteachers, who will protect the students from them? From what I have read, there is no plan to screen every teacher at every school for mental illness. There is no guarantee that the screening would be effective even if it was done.

In the end all you have done is bring yet more guns within shooting distance of more children, and we all know how well that turned out at Sandy Hook.

We have to abandon the notion that the problem of gun violence can be solved by more guns.

John Chandler, Largo

Nurses who would do more | Feb. 4

Shame on legislators

Florida legislators are living in the Stone Age as far as their opinions of some medical practices go. First they decide that legitimate massage therapy and acupuncture are no longer to be considered alternative medical treatments. Now they want to remove some of the responsibilities a nurse practitioner has spent years perfecting.

Having firsthand experience with NPs over the years in another state, I can authoritatively say that an NP is every bit as knowledgeable as an MD. They have more time to spend with their patients than an MD may have, they make house calls, are just as reliable in writing prescriptions, are able to take blood and urine samples and a host of other duties. Of course they defer to an MD to make a diagnosis, but their input into a patient's care is invaluable. To treat nurse practitioners as less medically competent is an insult to their abilities. The Legislature should be ashamed of itself.

Patricia Lowden, New Port Richey

Official crafts a Rays option | Feb. 5

No crying in baseball

I'm sick of this entire stadium fiasco. Rays owners want a new stadium. Guess what? You have a new stadium built with our tax dollars. The location is wrong? We heard nothing of the sort when you proposed a stadium 14 blocks east on the waterfront. Why was that location so much better?

I have a wonderful idea. Rays owners, pay off your lease and build a stadium with your own money wherever you like. You need to stop crying and start marketing your team. How about $5 third level seats on weeknights? How about marketing to church groups and big condo complexes? I don't see any creative solutions from your end, just whining. The Bucs can't even sell out eight home games. So if Tampa works for you, have at it. Build your own facility and stop crying.

Craig Costa, 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