Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Put a lid on campaign spending

Hate the attacks? Blame the PACs | Jan. 27

Put a lid on campaign spending

This country desperately needs election reform. A good start would be to put a cap on the dollar amount a party or campaign can spend. The relentless onslaught of negative campaign ads for the Florida presidential primary is beyond irritating.

Shadowy groups with what seem to be unlimited resources are creating ads that border on character assassination. There is nothing to make them tell the truth or even try to be accurate. It's disgusting.

The general election is going to be nothing less than a horrifying stew of negativity. Why would the best and brightest, potentially the next leaders of this country, want to jump into this meat grinder?

Jeff Cutting, Brandon

Hate the attacks? Blame the PACs | Jan. 27

Despite what ads say,

not much difference

It's amusing to watch the campaigns deny responsibility for the content of the super PAC attack ads. Is anyone fooled by this pretense?

The exchanges between the Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich super PACs have been amazing. The ads try to paint the other candidate as a liberal — which they aren't. Maybe the best ad was the one where Romney morphs into Gov. Rick Scott. It's not a pretty picture.

The truth is, Gingrich and Romney are more alike than their PACs would have us believe. Either will bring back the same greed-driven antics that we had under the Bush regime — tax breaks for the rich while the rest of us slide deeper into despair.

Philipp Michel Reichold, Largo

Texting-driving ban has strong support Jan. 28

Driving a privilege, not right

By the logic of Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, who calls a ban on texting while driving an infringement on liberty, state and local ordinances against videos within view of the driver, stereo headphones on the driver and blaring music in cars are also invasions of privacy.

What, apparently, everyone forgets is that driving is a privilege and not a right. A person's constitutional rights only extend so far as they do not impinge on the rights of others.

If Cannon is really adamant about not outlawing cell phones while driving, he should make the penalty for having an accident while using one meaningful.

John Edwards, Pinellas Park

There have to be limits

I should not be surprised that the Florida Legislature does not follow the wishes of the people. However, to suggest as Dean Cannon does that banning texting while driving would infringe on personal liberty borders on stupidity. I suggest that having speed limits also infringes on my personal liberty to speed. And perhaps there should be no limit to how much alcohol one can consume before driving?

Bottom line: Your Republican leadership will do nothing that infringes on the bottom line of Sprint or Verizon.

Diane Pearson, Dunedin

Just enforce the law

I don't know why a state law is needed to outlaw texting. This problem should be covered by laws that have been on the books for decades. You can get a ticket for driving while encumbered, such as with a cast on your foot or hand unless you have the car equipped to drive that way. The law is there, and many of us violate it.

Morrie Schneider, Valrico

Newt Gingrich

Self-help isn't socialism

Newt Gingrich continues to characterize President Barack Obama as a "Saul Alinsky-style socialist." Saul Alinsky was no socialist. He was a secular Jew who worked closely with Chicago's Catholic clergy (most notably Bishop Bernard Sheil and Father John Egan) during the '50s and '60s to organize powerless urban neighborhoods into self-help communities.

In the process he helped bring to fruition basic Catholic social teachings on work, family, poverty, education and welfare as articulated in papal encyclicals and pastoral letters of American bishops. Today, Catholic parish organizations throughout the nation continue to improve neighborhood living conditions using the Alinsky model.

Newt Gingrich is a recent convert to Catholicism. As he learns more about his church, I hope he will become more aware of Saul Alinsky's considerable contribution to implementing the Catholic social vision.

Richard Linkh, Tarpon Springs

PIP reform plan gains more support Jan. 26

Massage works on pain

House Bill 119 proposes to eliminate massage therapists from performing followup care for auto accident injuries. I am a massage therapist who has treated auto injuries for 12 years. Virtually all injured patients have reported a reduction or elimination of not only their pain but also their need for prescription drugs.

The alternative, according to HB 119, is to report to a hospital emergency room. The real pain comes with the inevitable high hospital bills, not to mention the continued persistent pain in the neck.

I encourage our legislators who support HB 119 to drive carefully so they can stay out of the emergency room.

Carl Ocken, LMT, Dunedin

'Fair shot' for everyone | Jan. 25

Tax laws need changing

Warren Buffett pays a 15 percent tax on money he earns from dividends, as well as from stock sales and other market-based gains. His secretary pays the 35 percent on earned income.

The point Buffett and many other people are making is that if you have vast resources, which 97 percent of us do not, you earn your living through dividends and other market gains that are taxed at less than half the rate paid by people who are actually working.

I have a dozen stocks I earn dividends from, which I pay 15 percent on. That tax rate should be raised, particularly for those who make millions yearly from the market. It is not that people do not understand our tax codes, but that they believe them to be archaic and in need of change.

Chris Elser, Sun City Center

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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