Tuesday, May 22, 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


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...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

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...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My 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. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18