Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Architecture draws visitors

One-time attraction | June 27, letter

The draw of architecture

The letter writer may never have traveled to any of the places he references as having iconic architecture. This is part of the issue regarding the Lens — a lack of appreciation for the importance of architectural tourism.

Visitors return again and again to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. We were in Chicago recently. Millenium Park is the most active passive-park I have ever visited. The Bean in particular sits there and does nothing but act as a "magnet" for people. There were more than 100 people surrounding and under this wonderful sculpture. A wedding party was taking photos in its reflective surface, and children and their parents were having fun with its shape and mirrorlike surface.

The letter writer should visit some of the cities with iconic structures: the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Washington Monument, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Dalí Museum. I think these visits might change his mind about the Lens and its potential value for the future economic development of St. Petersburg.

Hal Freedman, St. Petersburg

The real Charlie Crist | June 23

Scott focused on economy

Recently, the Times' Adam C. Smith wrote that Charlie Crist "was busy campaigning to be John McCain's vice president and then for U.S. Senate as Florida's economy cratered." In fact, many Democrats attacked Crist for focusing too much on his potential political future and not Florida's economy.

Rick Scott recognized where Florida's focus should be. Since his election, Florida's unemployment rate has dropped four percentage points — the second largest drop in the country. And after creating 330,000 private sector jobs, he's not stopping. He keeps asking businesses to book "one-way tickets to Florida." From 40 new jobs in Miami to 1,500 in Pensacola, every new job opportunity equals a better Sunshine State.

And why not come to Florida, with its soaring economy and schools ranked among the top in the nation? With Scott's leadership, we've reformed teacher tenure, instituting merit-based pay. After federal dollars artificially propping up our schools' budgets ran out, he made record state-based investments to save them.

Fundamentally, Scott can relate to many Floridians. He was brought up in a family that did everything they could, despite financial hardship, to provide him a better life. So when he focuses on Florida's economy, he focuses on families like his own. His experience tells him what's at stake and fuels him to make Florida's economy as strong as possible.

Lenny Curry, chairman, Republican Party of Florida, Jacksonville

Dont' put law in service to zealots June 28, letter

Beating hearts

A prochoice advocate responded to a prolife letter by asserting that when life begins is a philosophical question, and that in our nontheocratic society religion should not be used to determine that answer.

So how about we use medical research as provided by the Mayo Clinic. They say on their website about fetal development that around the 42nd day "your baby's heart is pumping blood." I think a secular society would find that pretty conclusive evidence of life. Therefore, you shouldn't have to be a religious zealot to agree that an abortion as early as the seventh week is murder.

Daniel Montanez Jr., Riverview

Defending the innocent

It seems that those of us who defend the rights of the unborn are now classified as "religious zealots." Please tell me: At what point in the gestation cycle of a newborn baby does the mother's "right to choose" no longer outweigh the baby's right to live? Or shall we just continue abortions right up to and including during childbirth?

We have numerous women's advocate groups and the federal government sanctioning abortion on demand, and because the Roman Catholic Church and other religious organizations have the courage to speak out against this, we are labeled "zealots." Since the decision by the mother to have an abortion involves terminating the life of a child, I believe that someone should speak on behalf of the child.

I would remind the writer that back in the 1930s and '40s, Germany had a policy of terminating the lives of some unwanted individuals, and those who spoke out and fought against that policy were not considered religious zealots.

Marlene Groff, Homosassa

TV Times

Household hardship

My wife and I are retired and are on a fixed income. We take the Sunday paper and enjoy reading it and receiving the coupons that are included. We also enjoy receiving the television guide. Now it is no longer included on Sunday.

To receive it, we would need to change our subscription to a Thursday through Sunday delivery. We feel that this is a hardship for retired people like us and that the decision was made in order to require people to extend their subscriptions. This is unfair to people on fixed incomes.

When we subscribed to the Sunday paper, we did so with the idea that the television section was going to be included. Please consider changing your policy back to the original plan of including the television section in the Sunday paper. Thank you.

Mark Gaber, Sun City Center


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18