Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Money for Afghans came from all Americans

U.S. pays in Afghan killings | March 26

Money came from all Americans

It was with dismay that I read the United States paid in compensation $50,000 for the families of those killed in the rampage in Afghanistan and $11,000 to the wounded. The payments are okay. What is not is that the villagers were told the money came from President Barack Obama. Did he pay this out of his own private money? Of course not.

The villagers should have been told that this money came from the people of the United States.

Irmgard Knorr, Sun City Center

Pull plug on Medicare power scooter fraud March 18, editorial

Parking problems

This editorial brings to mind the issue of handicapped parking permits being handed out like candy canes. A lot of the people who are issued them, if you pay attention, can outwalk most of us (and I ride a bike plus walk for exercise). But if they continue their no-effort approach, they will eventually not be able to function.

I have had a person in my vehicle with her handicapped permit and placard in her purse who, when we reached our destination, told me to park in the handicapped space and use the placard. I dropped her at the door and parked my car, leaving the handicapped spot for those who need it.

Timothy E. Wohlfiel, Hudson

Cut out the waste

We hear a lot these days about how much we seniors are going to have to give up if the politicians cut the funding available to Medicare. They wouldn't have to cut funding if Medicare would stop throwing the money they receive down the drain. If Medicare cut out half their waste, we'd never have to worry about Medicare funding again.

Recently I received a Medicare Summary Notice in the mail. This notice concerned a pneumonia vaccination I received when I was in the hospital in February 2010, and said, "This is an adjustment to a previously processed claim and/or deductible record." I looked at the original notice I received two years ago and found that the adjustment was made to the amount Medicare paid the provider. The amount had changed from $70.31 to $70.25. Both notices showed that Medicare had paid the entire cost of the vaccination and that there was no cost to me.

That's right: Medicare spent 35 cents in postage, used two sheets of paper and an envelope, and paid someone an unknown amount of salary for the sole purpose of telling me that the provider had been paid a whole 6 cents less than originally reported.

And some people wonder why Medicare and the U.S. government are in financial trouble.

Alfred T. Barnard, Beverly Hills

Analysts: Taxing the rich not so lucrative March 21

Flawed economics

Day after day I listen to our president attempt to shove the idea down our throats that America is an "unfair" system because the rich "don't pay their fair share." Letters to the Times push this same idea. If only the rich would step up and do their part, then all will be well in our capitalist world. This stupidity actually has a "name" in liberal circles: the Buffett rule.

Obama claims that Warren Buffett pays a smaller percentage in taxes than his beloved secretary. This is balderdash. Buffett's tax is paid on capital gains, not wages. The income is based strictly on his investments. It's not even apples and oranges. It's apples and walnuts.

Aside from this, the Buffett rule is flawed economic theory. Applying it to all people earning over $1 million per year raises $47 billion. This covers less than four days' worth of Obama spending.

Jay Johnson, St. Petersburg

Emergency medical service

Excellent care

There has been much controversy over Pinellas County's emergency medical system, so I would like to share the recent medical treatment I received.

I collapsed while working in my back yard. A friend seeing my plight used his cellphone to call 911. While he was still talking to the 911 dispatcher, the Pinellas Park Fire Department medical unit arrived and began first responder treatment. A few minutes later, the ambulance arrived and I was transferred to it. Within 10 minutes of the initial call, I had received a blood sugar test, blood pressure test, pulse rate test, EKG and an IV had been started.

While this was going on, another tech was in contact with the Northside Hospital emergency room technician relating my status and giving them an expected arrival time. With 20 minutes of the initial call I was in the Northside emergency room under care of their responder team.

I would like to thank all who participated in my successful recovery. Down where the action is, the system really is remarkable.

Walter Ehman, Kenneth City

Valid ID is part of voting | March 20, letter

Rights, responsibilities

A constitutional right to vote comes with responsibility. The majority of Americans see no parallel between past discriminatory practices and requiring today's citizens to present a valid ID prior to casting a vote.

Analyzing Texas data, the Justice Department contends that anywhere from 6 percent to 10 percent of Hispanic registered voters don't have ID.

How did they register to vote? There is no good reason not to have a voter ID requirement, unless you are committing voter fraud.

Why do the Democrats always single out minorities and poor people as being those who are so inept that they cannot get an ID?

Government cannot mandate respect, self-respect or otherwise. But government (primarily the Democratic Party) unrelentingly tries to mandate disrespect for minorities. I would think minorities would be tired of hearing that expecting them to actually be able to get ID is something that is beyond their capabilities.

John M. Whelan, Dunedin

Gas price blame game | March 25

Alternative energy

Drilling in the Arctic will not provide cheap oil, and reliance on dirty oil will pollute our environment and injure our health. Three things are absolutely necessary:

• Looking into alternative energy;

• conservation;

• reliance on public transportation.

We all need to work together.

Marilyn Elsen, Dade City


Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18