Thursday, May 24, 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


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial 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 litigants would ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18