Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Save Tampa history, don't destroy it

Bro Bowl accord would be historic | Nov. 1

Save our history, don't destroy it

Sue Carlton addressed the conflict between those who wish to preserve the so-called Bro Bowl and those who would demolish it in favor of renovating Perry Harvey Sr. park. She takes great pains to highlight the history walk and statues that pay homage to the area's once-thriving black commerce and entertainment areas. Carlton espouses demolishing the Bro Bowl for the greater good of memorializing this part of Tampa's history.

Here is where I have a problem with her position. Those memorials will be to a historic area long ago demolished and redeveloped. The Bro Bowl is an extant piece of history. Advocating the destruction of an existing historical place to pay tribute to one that doesn't exist doesn't make much sense to me. Should the city of Tampa demolish structures on the site of what was Fort Brooke to build a park to memorialize it?

The notion that a bigger and better skate facility could be incorporated in the new design is irrelevant. It does not replace the history of the Bro Bowl. Citing the dignitaries that visited the area, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and James Brown adds no relevance to the argument. I am certain that in her storied career, Fitzgerald visited many places; are all of them worthy of historic designation? If these entertainers were born in Tampa, or lived for an extended period of their lives in Tampa, the argument might gain relevance.

I am not a skater, have never skateboarded in my life, and have no desire to do so. However, the logic of destroying someone's idea of history to pay tribute to someone else's escapes me.

George Reymann, Tampa

Big step for rail across the bay Nov. 1, editorial

We'll need more than trains

As a former resident both of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area and New York City, I am puzzled by the seeming rush to light rail in the Tampa Bay area. Light rail is no better than the connecting transportation at either end — expansive commuter parking lots, frequent buses or streetcars — which get people to and from the light rail, and I see little or none of that here.

Buses are infrequent, routes scattered and sparse. Can a commuter get to the rail, and then from the rail to his or her job? The "hub and spokes" at either end of the light rail are more important than the rail itself, else we build a rail system to and from nowhere.

Stephen Phillips, St. Petersburg

Penny or percentage

I am curious why the Times always refers to the proposed mass transit tax increase as a penny tax increase. Is it not your duty to let the public know what it really is, a 16 percent tax increase?

Jim Lombardi, Clearwater


Florida can do better

Today is Florida Recycles Day. As chairman of the trade association representing Florida's waste and recycling companies, I would like to urge readers to be particularly mindful of their waste habits on this day — and every day.

Nationally, recycling is a great American success story. The average person generates about four pounds of trash per day and recycles about a third of it. That is three times the amount of garbage recycled in 1980. Recycling is critical for the conservation of precious natural resources, and saves tremendous amounts of energy.

But we can still do better, and that is why Florida legislators passed a bill in 2010 that would increase our state's recycling rates to 75 percent within a decade. This is an ambitious goal, but we can get there if every Floridian does his or her part.

On our end, our industry is working hard to bring Floridians the services and conveniences that make recycling easier than ever, including "single stream" recycling — in which all recyclable products are thrown into the same bin — and pickup of your recyclables at the curbside, right alongside nonrecyclable household waste.

Chuck Dees, chairman, National Solid Wastes Management Association, Florida chapter, Tampa

Insurers squeeze Medicare | Nov. 3

Insurers call the shots

Stephen Nohlgren's article should be a wakeup call to all of us. We need health insurance reform, not necessarily health care reform.

And the letter writer who proposed Medicare for all was correct. It'll never happen because the insurance lobby is too strong; CEOs of insurance companies are paid millions and stockholders have to make money on their investments.

And along with the Affordable Care Act's mandates about preventive care and pre-existing conditions, the insurance companies have to make cuts somewhere.

So we get higher premiums in some circumstances and the dropping of quality, more highly reimbursed physicians. Insurance companies already determine which medications you can get and if you can have a test done that your doctor feels is necessary. They are in control.

David Lubin, M.D., Tampa

Staffer at USF draws reprimand | Oct. 31

Critical thinking

Perhaps the professor who was reprimanded for the toilet comparison could have used a different example, but the response shows what is wrong with our schools, and society in general, by censoring anything objectionable to a party or group. Such actions squelch criticism and critical thinking.

The comparison did accomplish one good goal he had not intended: It got media attention about censorship in our school system.

Frank Prahl, St. Petersburg


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18