Thursday, December 14, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Nelson's pragmatism of convenience

Nelson's pragmatic voice | Oct. 15, Times recommends

A 'pragmatism' of convenience

Your editorial calling Bill Nelson pragmatic caught my eye. I remember in 2006 Nelson telling voters that he was lied to by the intelligence agencies about Iraq and its weapons. How he wished he was told the truth, he said, before he voted to send troops into Iraq.

It rang hollow given Nelson's committee position at the time. It was also alarming that almost every Democrat who voted "yea" on the Iraq war had the same story and at exact same time, just before an election. How very "pragmatic."

And now we have a president who, just before an election, cannot defend his record and can only call his opponent a liar. It seems clear there is a lack of accountability from Nelson and his party.

James Gilbow, Riverview

No holding back for Biden, Ryan | Oct. 12

Hollow assurance

I could not feel any comfort from Vice President Joe Biden's assurance that Iran is incapable of delivering a nuclear device to the United States or any other country. I am sure he also could have made the statement in 2000 that four men could never deliver 10,000 pounds of jet fuel to the 87th floor of the World Trade Center and bring it down.

Thomas Jones, Tampa

Amendment 6

Dangerous implications

Amendment 6, put on the ballot by the antichoice Florida Republican legislative majority, is so vaguely written that many voters will not fathom its implications. Do Florida women realize that if Amendment 6 passes, they will lose a huge right that is protected by the Florida Constitution: the right to privacy as it pertains to choice? The prospect of our losing this right is frightening.

The Florida Constitution says that citizens have the right to be let alone and free from government intrusion into our private lives. But if passed, Amendment 6 will allow the Legislature to make laws limiting that right. Their doing so would be an invasion of a woman's right to decide what is best for her and would unconscionably allow the state to come between her and her doctor.

Amendment 6 must be defeated.

Wendy Sears Grassi, St. Petersburg

Incumbents are best bet | Oct. 13, Times recommends

Do-nothing Congress

Incumbents are not the best bet. Voting to return incumbents Richard Nugent, Gus Bilirakis, C.W. Bill Young and Tom Rooney is a vote for an ineffectual House of Representatives that scorns compromise, ties up legislation, and causes financial brinkmanship that endangers economic recovery.

The incumbents are part of the biggest do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in recent memory.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Won't face the voters

Congressman C.W. Bill Young's refusal to face the voters should disqualify him from receiving another term in office. A recent article in your paper highlighted how Young has refused to attend a debate or candidate forum in over 20 years, despite countless opportunities. In the last month alone he's skipped several opportunities to debate, including one held just down the hall from his district office.

Faun Weaver, Gulfport

Pork barrel resume

Once again the Tampa Bay Times has endorsed Rep. C.W. Bill Young. His only positives: He has brought "pork barrel" projects to the Tampa Bay area. All of this while voting against the stimulus package and the Affordable Care Act.

Yes, he worked for veterans. It would be political suicide not to. Are you saying that the Democratic candidates would work against veterans?

Kenneth Holder, Lutz

Libya attack haunts Obama campaign Oct. 13

Don't politicize tragedy

The events that unfolded in Libya were horrible, and all Americans mourn the loss of lives.

When we were attacked on 9/11 the country came together and did not point fingers at our president. However, we are now seeing this incident politicized, never mind that it occurred halfway around the world and the people of Libya themselves were confused as to the cause.

When a person or political party tries to make hay out of this kind of tragedy, and then acts as if they are patriots, one must wonder how that can be when they put a political party ahead of America.

Chris Curley, Sun City Center

Postage rates rising in January | Oct. 12

Charge the junk mailers

The U.S. Postal Service is losing money and wants to raise the rates — again. A better solution would be to simply charge the junk mailers full price to send their mail. Currently they are charged much less, and the regular customers are in a way subsidizing this discount.

James Willsie, Palm Harbor

Gang lists reconsidered | Oct. 11

List can be tool for racism

Reading the recent story about Justin Wiley was saddening. It was a case of another young black male being disenfranchised because of the color of his skin, his gender and where he lives. The criteria for the gang list were a gift to thoughtless racism.

Some of these kids (as young as middle school age) who are labeled as gang members go to church and attend school. Unless a citizen, child or otherwise, is convicted as a gang member or associate, their names should be removed. It smacks of McCarthyism and worse.

Mary Finnegan, Largo

Opt out or stay? Get the facts | Oct. 13

Homeowners are suffering

Let me get this straight. If you are a responsible homeowner who has been kicked to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. because your previous insurer longer carried Florida property owners, if you have never filed a claim, had a late payment, and do not have an underwater mortgage situation, you are out of luck. You can opt to stay with Citizens, not knowing how much your insurance will cost next renewal, or you can opt to go with another company that won't tell you how much it will charge either. This is outrageous.

Property owners in Florida are being held hostage by the insurance companies, and apparently no one cares. There are many senior citizens living here on fixed incomes. Just what are they supposed to do? This needs to be fixed.

Carol Curry, Tampa


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17