USF tweaks brand, adds 'Tampa Bay' | Dec. 1
USF name change adds confusion
It seems to me that the University of South Florida, in an attempt to reduce some confusion, has created additional confusion. Tampa Bay is a very undefined region except for those communities and counties that actually border on Tampa Bay (the body of water). Lakeland, for example, is not one of them. Some of the other USF campuses could perhaps be said to be in the Tampa Bay area, including St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee (Manatee, not Sarasota) — and then Polytechnic is in Lakeland, again not a city/county bordering on Tampa Bay.
It seems to me the appropriate name branding for USF would be "USF-Tampa." Isn't that where the USF main campus is located and maintains its postal address?
As a parent of college students (six of them), and especially on the front end when looking for a college, I want to know where the campus is located and where my student will attend. The University of California-Berkeley is called just that and that is where it is located; it is not called University of California-San Francisco Bay. "Tampa" tells me exactly where that USF campus is located; "Tampa Bay" is a vague location.
When you use a city location with your name, it tells people where you are located. When you try to use a vague and undefined regional name to identify your university, it suggests perhaps it only serves that region and those outside need not apply — like a junior or community college.
James M. Hammond, Clearwater
CentCom's new quarters | Nov. 29
Building is another example
of wasted taxpayer dollars
From the carpet at the entrance to the wood paneling, the new CentCom home is another example of wasted taxpayers' dollars. In Florida, the life expectancy of a school is 65 years; the CentCom building was at the outside less than 40 years old.
I don't question that the CentCom building needed to be replaced. However, Rep. C.W. Bill Young and the two military representatives should be ashamed of themselves for erecting a building whose construction and decor appear to exceed basic construction standards. The building is a workplace.
Robert Bucklin, Zephyrhills
Everglades: a Capitol crime | Dec. 1, commentary
Thank you, Bob Graham, for reminding us what a national treasure we have in the Everglades and how easily we could lose it. Partisan politics has no place in managing this precious resource of water and wildlife. Let us all keep a watchful eye on the restoration of the Everglades and please, Gov. Rick Scott, keep your promises there.
Ingrid Tomey, Tierra Verde
GOP governors tout how great they are Dec. 2
Where the rail money went
This article quoted Gov. Rick Scott making a "joke" of apologizing to fellow governors about their inability to ride the high-speed rail project in Orlando which he killed — a fact which he obviously was very proud of.
I just returned from a trip to northern Virginia where I read article after article about how grateful some local citizens were about having the money that Florida rejected diverted to their local high-speed rail project between Washington and Dulles airport.
I also saw literally hundreds of workers and construction vehicles lining the roadways, and I read about the many businesses planning to expand or open up near the rail terminals along the route. Far be it from me to say if Gov. Scott made the right decision, but it certainly makes one wonder.
Don Hinderliter, Sun City Center
Women's rights at risk | Dec. 2, editorial
Rights not involved
Women still have the right to use contraceptives. They just don't have the right to force the Catholic Church to pay for that right.
Barbara Hungerford, Palm Harbor
Bishop: Health law is wrong | Dec. 1
Care for your flock
Well, Bishop Robert Lynch, leaving your faithful employees out in the cold is also wrong. Do you have any concept of how difficult it is to find personal health insurance these days? Providing a cash stipend is the least of the issue. Not having the purchasing power of a group behind you makes individual coverage costs higher.
And if you have a pre-existing condition, you can plan on spending a small fortune if you can find a carrier willing to take you on. Will your cash stipend cover these costs?
If you are so concerned with "individual moral conscience," ensure the diocesan employees are taken care of and continue to provide health coverage.
Patricia Lee-Lucardie, Tampa
Stop the gerrymandering
The Senate's redistricting plan is outrageous. Using minority representation as an excuse to load up Republican districts elsewhere is scornful of Florida voters.
Racial gerrymandering is a magician's trick to hide its true intent. Voters (including myself) will not abide with this heavy-handed deceitfulness. I hope courts, public opinion and the House will send this really bad proposal to the trash heap where it belongs.
Ken Gibney, Land O'Lakes
An uncommon experience | Dec. 5
Arts are alive and well
How wonderful that the Tampa community is full of opera fans. An audience of 14,033 showed their love for opera classics when Andrea Bocelli sang Sunday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. It is good to know that the arts are alive and well here.
As our community grows more well-rounded and we have more diverse offerings, it is good to know that opera has a place in the hearts of many. Thank you Opera Tampa for helping to bring Bocelli's concert to us.
Lea Lavoie Davis, Tampa