Sunday, July 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Trump right to end DACA

DACA's end confirmed | Sept. 6

Trump was right

to end program

I would love for anyone to explain why this country cannot protect itself from foreign citizens breaking and entering into our country. The United States is my home. I don't open my door to strangers and I certainly don't set them up in a room within my home, pay for their needs and then extend that to their children.

The issue of immigration and the so-called Dreamers really isn't complicated. Their parents committed a crime. According to our laws and common sense, a criminal's family can't take control of the loot and simply by virtue of being there, keep it. This is the legacy of the Dreamers. They are the recipients of the loot and since we have let them believe it's theirs by virtue of our silence in past years, they think they own it.

It has nothing to do with "hopes and dreams" — our children have plenty of those and plenty of our children will be forgoing those same dreams because they can't afford higher education. Their futures will be tenuous because cheap labor is making wages so depressed.

These arrivals thought the gravy train would never end, but nothing lasts forever, especially if its inception was a criminal offense. President Donald Trump is right to put a stop to this theft of our own future and I support him. It should have happened long ago.

Sandra Kellstrom, Pinellas Park

American politics

Breaking the parties' grip

There's no way to eliminate political parties because people will always congregate with those who are like-minded. But we can take steps to provide a strong base for processes that better reflect the will of the people.

From the House of Representatives to state and local offices, the states can revise the nominating methods for state and local offices so that in a first ballot anyone who reasonably qualifies can be included. With the top two vote-getters being selected for a runoff, independent candidates and others who are not beholden to political parties have a chance to serve. Several states already do this. Once this happens, arguably, gerrymandering will gradually be defeated.

In the House of Representatives and Senate, the minority member of each committee should have the same power as the majority leader to introduce bills and have them voted on.

In both houses, staff members, who probably know more about a given subject that their elected bosses, should be selected by merit from a pool of candidates — a lottery system without political prejudice — whereby each would serve both Republicans and Democrats.

What will it take for people already in office to implement these changes? How many more years of gridlock are needed before we realize that our democracy is at risk? The solutions to our problems — wealth inequality, immigration, education, climate change, health care, the national debt and more — are subsumed by the one-upmanship inherent in the political parties. It's past time to break up the political concrete that corrupts our better angels and get on with governing — solving problems.

Mike Rosenthal, Clearwater


Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18

Saturday’s letters: Letter of the month concerns civility in public discourse

June letter of the month The winning letter addressed incivility in public discourseMud sticks to those who sling itI am an 83-year-old black, straight male. I lived with Jim Crow laws that deprived me of education, jobs, housing and service in publi...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/06/18