Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Racking up debt isn't the answer

Budget slashes safety net | March 31, editorial

Racking up debt isn't the answer

The Republican budget plan recognizes capital as the seed corn of future growth. The dirty little secret that the redistributionist left tries to hide, with dutiful little helpers like the Times, is that rich people's money, once confiscated for the largest subsidization of dysfunction ever perpetrated by man, never becomes a new factory with jobs or a startup that might blossom into a new industry with a multitude of jobs.

Your willingness to direct public attention away from the future consequences of racking up debt, ratcheting up spending and profligately printing money makes you akin to the doctors who once put leeches on patients' bodies so as to heal them. It is the chronic tax-and-spenders who are bleeding the United States into a Greece on steroids.

Throughout my life I've listened to one iteration or another of the leftist argument that we can improve things for folks who sign the back of a paycheck (or would like to again someday) by attacking the folks who sign the front of them. It never seems to work out, but blind ideology by supposedly smart people like President Barack Obama or your editors keep repackaging and reselling it to people easily swayed by the have vs. have-not malarkey.

Dwayne Keith, Valrico

Editorial cartoon | April 7, Dana Summers

Walking into trouble

Dana Summers' cartoon on strip searches for jaywalking and littering was extremely funny but inaccurate. Everyone knows that here in Tampa our police never issue tickets for jaywalking or littering, as our panhandlers and hawkers know very well.

I was actually told by one upper command officer that he was proud to have never issued a jaywalking ticket in his 15 years on the force. That could explain why so many pedestrians are involved in accidents here.

Craig R. McNees, Tampa

Victim is left in limbo | April 7

She must be helped

The story and pictures of Jennifer Wohlgemuth on the front page were heartbreaking. Here is a beautiful young woman in her prime, doing nothing wrong, when she is hit by a speeding sheriff's patrol car during a high-speed chase. They had to remove part of this poor woman's brain.

How far do these chases have to go? I realize we want our criminals caught, but not at the price of ruining the future of a bright woman.

I know that $8 million is a lot of money, but why can't something else be done? Why not a yearly pension to at least help with her care?

Rachel Metivier, Palm Harbor

Obama-Supreme Court rivalry is old April 6

Do some homework

President Barack Obama's suggestion that the Supreme Court should just consider everything that he or Congress passes to be constitutional is ludicrous. And his use of "unelected judges" even throws his own appointees under the bus.

This former constitutional law professor sure doesn't seem to know what the Supreme Court does: It decides the constitutionality of cases brought before it. Obama needs to go back to the classroom and do some homework on the three branches of our government and especially the Supreme Court.

Dayle Stevens, Largo

Deputies: Tampa man slain in robbery April 7

Questionable decisions

This article stated that police obtained an arrest warrant for Fabian Demetrick Williams, age 27, on charges of first-degree murder. It further states that Williams served five years in prison for attempted burglary and aggravated assault and that he was arrested last month for carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun.

What was Williams doing out of jail? What judge gave him a bail amount low enough that he could make bail?

Glen R. Hoffmann, Tampa

Gov. Rick Scott veto

Standing up for taxpayers

It is rare indeed that I have anything positive to say about Gov. Rick Scott, but I must applaud him for his veto of HB 865, which would allow Pinellas transit to increase our taxes from $33 million per year to about $120 million per year.

Although the proponents of this tax swap like to label this tax hike as "a fairer way to fund transportation services," it would open the door for a raise in the sales tax — one of the most regressive taxes — from 7 percent to 8 percent, the highest in the state of Florida.

Robert W. Schultz, St. Petersburg

USF Polytechnic

Send a message, governor

If Gov. Rick Scott signs Senate Bill 1994, the USF Polytechnic bill, it would only validate what we all know is wrong with our political system: that it allows self-serving politicians to promote themselves over the good of the people.

By vetoing this bill, Scott would send our legislators and the people of Florida a message that greed, nepotism and fiscal waste will no longer be acceptable in the Sunshine State.

Vicki and Michael Vawter, Tampa

That other Obama | April 8, commentary

Evenhanded treatment

It was refreshing to see an column in the Times that treated President Barack Obama and a Republican, specifically Rep. Paul Ryan, evenly. David Brooks takes on the president's recent remarks about Ryan's proposed budget with biting criticism. To be sure, he still calls out the Ryan plan for its flaws, but he then accuses Obama of using "brain-dead cliches" and an "avalanche of distortion."

In closing, Brooks says the president should instead "top" Ryan with something "bigger and better." Both Republicans and Democrats know that it is politically unpopular to propose the cuts that are needed for the country to right its financial ship. Obama could do it in a second term. He wouldn't have to worry about being re-elected.

Ronald Roman, Oldsmar

Fake pot found in dead teen | April 6

Fake pot, real harm

Let me get this straight: Real pot, though it has some medicinal benefits, is illegal. Fake pot, though it can kill you, is legal. What's wrong with this picture?

Josh Smith, St. Petersburg


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