Sunday, March 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Close loopholes for group homes

In God's name | Oct. 28

Close loopholes for group homes

Did I fall asleep and awake in 1950? Didn't we just read about the horrible treatment of children at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna?

Sexual abuse, beatings, forced extreme exercise, racist name-calling, choking, inedible food — will waterboarding be next?

I urge our Florida legislators and the political candidates to stop their mindless bickering amongst themselves and join together to remove the "legal loopholes" and add tighter guidelines and legislation to prevent this reform school and others like it from operating.

Does Florida never learn?

Anastasia Sultan, Tampa

Protect Florida's children | Oct. 29, editorial

An invitation to trouble

I wonder how the state of Florida would step in to protect these children should Amendment 8 pass. Would Florida's taxpayers be funding these abusive group homes? Are there safeguards in Amendment 8 to prevent taxpayer money from going to religious institutions with a history of failing to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement?

M.A. Russell, South Pasadena

Tourism props up Castro regime Oct. 29, letter

Meddling with our rights

I have had it with Sen. Marco Rubio's tired, Cold War trash talk about the "Castro regime" and the "tyrants in Cuba." This small island nation of 11 million has universal health care, free education, a 99.8 percent literacy rate, and an infant death rate lower than some developed countries.

The parents of this "son of Cuban immigrants" left Cuba during the regime of Fulgencio Batista — remember him? Or have they removed his name from the history books in South Florida? Batista was the corrupt tyrant who gave the Mafia free rein, killed thousands of his own people, and absconded with millions from the Cuban treasury.

We are all sons and daughters of immigrants, and one of our main freedoms under the Constitution is the freedom to travel. I resent this intrusion on my rights by this partisan politician.

Claire McCarthy Lutzmann, Dunedin

Hard-liners hijack freedom

It was disconcerting to read Sen. Marco Rubio's letter stating, "Whether one likes it or not, tourism travel to Cuba remains illegal." Well, I don't like it. I would like to travel to Cuba, but I can't because a few hard-liners in South Florida are hijacking the freedom of 300 million Americans to travel there. And Rubio apparently is speaking for them.

We're not at war with Cuba. The 50-year-old embargo has been a total failure. Moderate Cubans here in the Tampa area are calling for an end of the embargo and restoration of the right to travel there. An American can travel to Vietnam or China.Why not Cuba?

Rubio represents 17 million Floridians, not just a handful of aging, embittered Cuban exiles in Miami. It's time for him to recognize that.

John Polivick, Oldsmar

World Series

Sour notes

Demi Lavato did not perform the National Anthem before Game 4 of the World Series; she mutilated it. Any performer who plans to sing our National Anthem should be required to listen to Whitney Houston's magnificent rendition in Tampa, post-Sept. 11, 2001. I am thoroughly disgusted with these so-called superstars "interpreting" our anthem. It's not rock, jazz, hip-hop or soul and should not be treated as such.

Michael P. Catalano, Palm Harbor

Watering restrictions

Pumping up confusion

I just received a notice that my watering days have changed — again. Getting a different two days doesn't save any water, it just irritates all the residents who now have to reprogram their timers.

Could it be that this is really just a way to issue more tickets and make more money from those who missed the notice?

James Willsie, Palm Harbor

For-fun poker league busted | Oct. 26

Fun must be stamped out

It is good to know that our tax dollars are being spent to remove this lawless scourge. When I look at the hours and expense involved, my only thought is that, because of the efforts of the brave officers and assistant state attorneys relentlessly pursing these lawbreakers, I can sleep a lot more easily at night knowing that this poker league will no longer be able to pursue its illicit agenda of "having fun."

After all, if we do not stop this creeping cancer of criminal activity that is infecting our society, what kind of world will we be leaving our children?

Rich Parker, St. Petersburg

For some parents, fear does not fade Oct. 25, John Romano column

Living between extremes

I, too, am the parent of two sons with significant disabilities, one of whom needs supervision at all times. They are both in their 30s and, while there have been some extremely challenging years, I would never call my life a nightmare that I just needed to endure. And I certainly do not live a life defined by a fear that never ends. Neither do any of the families I know. How can making decisions based on fear help any child, special needs or not?

The difference, I think, is that I chose not to make choices of extremes. The world, for my sons, is not limited to a choice between inclusion or institutionalization, but changes constantly according to their needs and wants. In this search for the perfect meld, we were helped by the Citrus County schools, the wonderful exceptional student education staff and, now, by the Key Training Center. My sons are always as safe as they can be, given their desires for independence; and as happy as they can be, given the restraints the world places on us all.

Stephanie Hopper, Inverness

Crackpots now mainline GOP Oct. 26, commentary

A disgusting silence

I appreciate William Saletan's article about the GOP politicians who think they have the right to tell women what to do with their bodies, particularly if they are raped. I always wonder what these men would do if their daughters, wives, or other female friends or relatives were forced to continue a pregnancy from rape.

It's disgusting to see the Republican nominee Mitt Romney unable or unwilling to counteract the likes of Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Steve King and Joe Walsh.

Kathlyn Gay, New Port Richey


Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18