Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Tuesday's letters: Strip club photos not appropriate

Strip storm downgraded | Aug. 28

Raunchy journalism

As I was perusing the Times' special edition about the RNC, I was appalled to see the images published with this article. One was a large image of the inside of a strip club, featuring the side of a virtually naked stripper's body. The other was a picture of a Sarah Palin impersonator showing quite a bit of cleavage — not as bad as the other image, but still inappropriate. Raunchy photography like this has no place in a newspaper — especially one of the Times' caliber.

Stephen Lapp, Tampa


Seniors, beware

I hear many seniors talk about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare and Social Security. Most seem to think they will be "grandfathered in," or that there is no way Romney would dare attack the "third rail" of American politics.

Folks, those days are over. Columnists say old people have to "sacrifice" and that their "entitlements" will break the country. They are not talking about people 20 or 30 years old; they have their sights aimed at seniors.

Scott Granell, Valrico

No such thing as bad publicity? Aug. 21

Spending priorities

The Salon column referenced in this item strings together some truths but falls off the tracks in the end. The Forbes article cited states that Tampa's average commute time is actually no worse than that of other large cities. We only ranked low on the list because of our lack of good public transportation.

The key fallacy is in blaming our commuting issues on the tea party. Conservatives aren't against progress; they are against reckless deficit spending and raising taxes to cover new public projects. I, for one, would love to see a light-rail commuter train that runs parallel to the Veterans Expressway from Lutz to downtown, but government funding is a zero-sum game. If we have this, then we must cut elsewhere.

Jeremy Rasmussen, Lutz


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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18