Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Voters must think for themselves

Choose a party and participate | July 11, letter

Voters must think for themselves

The writer has the argument backward. If there were no political parties, there could be no allegiance to their singular philosophies or platforms. The very existence of parties ensures separatism, extremism, deadlock, cronyism and (by definition) partyism.

As more voters move to no party affiliation, the parties will be forced to moderate their extreme positions or risk losing their candidate to the competition. Remember, 74 percent of voters are not Republicans and 68 percent are not Democrats. Each party is a minority unto itself. Instead of trying to convince me that your party is right, convince me that your candidate is right. Do not believe that party voters select the primary candidates. The party machines select the candidates, and the party voters can select only from among whom the party bosses offer; this process is no different from picking the lesser of evils at the general election.

Nonparty voters fully embrace the political process as defined in the Constitution — a Constitution that specifically excludes any reference to political parties. I encourage every voter to join the ranks of nonparty voters and proudly show the world that you can think for yourself without relying on a party.

Let each candidate state how he or she stands on each issue. When the majority of rank-and-file politicians become nonparty, the political structure of Congress will become what the Founders intended. Until then, nothing will change.

R.K. Brameyer, Tampa

Future of cruising | July 13, editorial

Protect aquatic treasures

Rearranging Tampa Bay to accommodate the ever-increasing size of already extra-large cruise ships is not a good idea because it will have an adverse impact on our natural resources and is too expensive. To tear down our good Skyway or to build a ship terminal on the west side of the Skyway causeway is just not a thoughtful business decision and is not taxpayer-friendly. Boca Ciega Bay and Pinellas County are aquatic preserves as established years ago by the Florida Legislature and were the first of the now 41 preserves located around Florida's coastline.

These preserves were established as a result of the abuse of our waterfront. For the sake of our residents and visitors, as well as the commercial and sport fishing industries, we must protect our aquatic assets. It is good business to do so.

If the Port Tampa Bay developers want additional cruise business, they should focus on the smaller cruise ships or boats that provide upscale service.

Roger Wilson, Seminole

Try another location

It seems everyone has tunnel vision on this issue. It's either raise the bridge or build on the barrier islands just west of the bridge.

Why not take a page out of the Orlando/Port Canaveral playbook? It's an hour-plus drive either renting a car or waiting for a bus to get from Orlando's airport to the port. What about looking at somewhere between Palm Harbor and Bayonet Point? This area would make it possible for passengers from the south Pinellas beaches, Clearwater Beach or Tampa to reach the port as quickly as from Orlando to Port Canaveral. The boost to the northern Pinellas County and Pasco County economies would be enormous. If the three counties shared the port's cost and profits, it would be a win for the entire bay area.

Bob Spencer, Dunedin

The tunnel solution

Newport News, Va., came to mind when thinking about the problem of bigger cruise ships accessing Port Tampa Bay. This is where the U.S. Navy berths its Atlantic Fleet, including aircraft carriers, with no bridge clearance worries.

The solution is a tunnel. Today's tunnels are precast concrete, floated into place and ballasted (sunk) into a dredged channel. With no seismic issues, and relatively soft limestone rock beds, Florida seems like an ideal candidate for a tunnel. The tunnel need not traverse the entire span, only that portion wide enough for ships to pass. I'd be curious to hear the negatives of this approach for Tampa Bay.

Edward Sweeney, Spring Hill

Border influx triggers blame game | July 14

Quarantine the arrivals

This orchestrated invasion of children from Central America requires a drastic response. For the protection of our own citizens, our processing centers need to include a quarantine area. It is irresponsible to disperse these illegal aliens to different parts of the country without concern about their health and the possibility of communicable diseases.

From quarantine, the sick and others attempting to sneak into the country using mass migration as a cover should be deported. The United States is the only country in the world that would allow this fiasco to continue to this dismal point.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Shucking: It's a living | July 13

Attractive community

This article makes it sound like Homosassa is a destination point for slugs, losers and druggies. There is a community here of decent, hard-working property owners and taxpayers who live here because we love the serenity, pristine environment and lack of busy roadways. There are also a large number of retired professionals who choose to move and reside here for the same reasons.

Linda Taylor, Homosassa

Energy research

Fund new technologies

I was saddened to see the July 10 vote in the U.S. House on appropriations for energy and water development. The Republicans of the House voted, nearly unanimously, to increase the amount of our tax dollars given to fossil fuel research. This bill increases funding by $31 million to a whopping $593 million. We all know how rich the fossil fuel industries are — why do they deserve our tax dollars for further research? How is this a conservative principle of market-based economics?

An amendment to this bill was defeated that would have increased the tax dollar funding for "renewable energy and energy efficiency programs" by $111.6 million and decreased funding for fossil fuels research by $161.9 million. If any industries need tax help, these innovative ones do.

Susan Darovec, Bradenton


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Updated: 16 minutes ago

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18