Wednesday, March 21, 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


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

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...
Published: 03/19/18

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