Sunday, November 19, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/18/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17