Saturday, May 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: New pier rendering, same old problem

A signature moment for St. Petersburg | July 29

New rendering, same problems

The Times is not only wrong but wrongheaded.

The signature of St. Petersburg is its waterfront parks, not (as so often pointed out) a walkway to nowhere. No amount of "rethinking" can disguise the obvious answer.

Every one of the examples you used in Sunday's editorial offers a valid destination: the Space Needle's restaurant and 360-degree views; the Gateway Arch's observation deck 630 feet high; and Millennium Park's art gallery, interactive fountain with video display, and a music and dance theater.

Now compare that with the updated (read "spin") rendering. All the people at the tables are about where the parking lot is currently situated. Humor me and stroll uphill in our hot, humid weather and when you go as far as you can, start the walk back. Feel sweaty yet? If a refreshment stand is planned, it might be better to install a first-aid station. I am sure our disabled and senior citizens would appreciate it.

Stratis Simon, St. Petersburg

Study: Afghan goals for projects unmet July 30

Use the money at home

Millions are appropriated to rebuild the Afghan infrastructure, yet the Afghans do not have the funds or the expertise to maintain the system. Are we to send private (paid) contractors over to run things after we bring home our troops?

President Barack Obama wants U.S. forces in the country till 2014. Yet Afghans continue to take our money and fight among themselves. We should bring the cash back to the United States and rebuild our infrastructure.

Fred Coughlin, Safety Harbor

Against traffic | July 29

Joys of walking

I really enjoyed this story about walking the bay area and what a wonderful experience Ben Montgomery had. I will not be walking 10 or more miles a day, but I will get out and enjoy on foot the beautiful town, Indian Rocks Beach, that I am blessed to live in. Walking not only brings us to new discoveries in our area but also helps us both mentally and physically.

Thank you, Ben, for showing me again what we can see and discover on foot. Keep up the good work; I hope to see more stories about walking the bay area.

Jean Scott, Indian Rocks Beach

Puppets in the winds of protest | July 30

Hardly heroes

My Monday morning begins with your front-page story and large picture of protesters making puppets to use during their demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. You make them sound like they're heroes doing noble things instead of people trying to stir up more anger and dissatisfaction with our country than we already have.

Do they work for a living, or do the taxpayers (us) support them so that they are free to make puppets and demonstrate? Why don't they use their artistic talents to do some good for neglected children or the forgotten elderly in nursing homes instead of rabble-rousing?

Jane Kline, St. Petersburg

Gun rights

Back to original intent

The rabid supporters of gun rights like to talk about the original intent of the Founding Fathers that the Second Amendment allows all of us to be well-armed. What they fail to realize is that the weapon the founders had in mind was a single-shot, muzzle-loading gun. Whether pistol or long gun, it was loaded by putting a single bullet down the barrel, shoving it down tight with a rod and then igniting the gunpowder. This procedure had to be repeated for each shot.

"Original intent" certainly did not apply to weapons with the ability to spray 50 or 100 bullets into a crowd. So, therefore, all automatic and semiautomatic weapons, including assault rifles, could be banned without violating the words or intent of the Second Amendment.

Lewis Lederer, Clearwater

Close the loopholes

Although I'm a law-abiding gun owner, I firmly believe that assault weapons do not belong in the hands of the general public. I know several people who own these weapons, and not one of them uses one for hunting. It's more of a macho toy.

One of the biggest problems is that if they are stolen, they can be easily converted from semiautomatic to fully automatic by purchasing a few parts online. That's why simply banning the sale of these weapons the first time didn't work. The parts needed to build an assault rifle were not made illegal, so people simply built their own.

Even high-capacity magazines, also illegal, could be assembled from parts available online. Unless the government can find a way to fill all the loopholes, a new ban on these weapons won't work any better than it did the first time.

Bob Dalzell, St. Petersburg


Useful information

Thank you for the tips that you share with your readers on the first page of BayLink.

They are short and interesting enough that when I mail them to my college student granddaughter, she actually reads them, files them in her "future" file, calls me to discuss the subject and then spends the $5 that was tucked inside the article.

A future article on the best ways for a young intern to present ideas to the boss would be a nice addition to the file.

Kay Griffiths, Redington Beach

Patriotism, strategy meld | July 29

Getting behind the rhetoric

It was a breath of fresh air to read this article, which fairly and clearly analyzed the political intent behind the words of the candidates.

One thing missing from most of the schools I have seen is a course about advertising propaganda. Remember The Hidden Persuaders? That taught a generation about what Madison Avenue was up to. It's the same thing today — all the rhetorical devices in use — but with the addition of electronic tools.

Thank you for real reporting.

Belinda Dumont, Tampa


The Bring Jobs Home Act is Senate Bill 3364. A letter Thursday had an incorrect bill number.


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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