Saturday, February 24, 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.


Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18