Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Use of Taser by Pinellas Park police is overkill

The police in Pinellas Park sure seem to be on a major power trip. Honestly, using a Taser on an unarmed citizen who is only trying to stop a fire is a bit idiotic don't you think? It seems that ever since police all over the U.S. were issued Tasers, there has been an overabundance of innocent people being zapped for no real reason. Just because some police officer either doesn't like someone's attitude, or they don't immediately follow orders, they get tased.

This has to stop. What about innocent people who wear pacemakers? Say some elderly gentleman doesn't immediately respond when an officer orders him to, so the "horribly injured" officer decides to tase the man. What if an officer kills someone doing this . . . maybe someone who is in very poor health but it isn't something visible to the naked eye? Are the police held responsible for this unnecessary assault on the innocent? Heck no.

In this case of the innocent hero with a hose, the police should be held responsible for their rash and wrongful act against the good neighbor. What if someone decided to jump into a river to save a drowning child? Is he/she going to get tased for trying to help? A taser shouldn't be used unless it is the only option left. I hope the Pinellas Park police learn a lesson from this humongous mistake. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

Kimberley Marlin, Great Falls, Mont.

Subject: Sheriff's Office

Marine unit jumps in to solve problem

When other government agencies say "Not me," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office gets things done.

For some time there has been a 25-foot-long dock piling floating in the Boca Ciega waterway south and west of Eckerd College. It has been a navigation hazard and an accident waiting to happen. Our neighborhood's residents have reached out to the St. Petersburg police, Eckerd College's marine unit, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and nobody would take ownership of removing this piling. The Coast Guard put out two radio bulletins regarding the hazard to navigation but they weren't interested in its removal.

Recalling comments I have heard about the "can-do" attitude of the PCSO marine unit I called the office of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. His office referred me to marine unit Deputy Kevin Grissinger. Within a couple of hours Deputy Grissinger located and towed the piling to the shore at Maximo Park and notified the city of St. Petersburg to remove it.

Deputy Grissinger could not have been more caring, courteous, or professional, and most importantly, he got the job done when no one else in government would touch it. He no doubt helped prevent an accident and our residents and boaters owe him our gratitude.

Travis Jarman, St. Petersburg


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial 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 litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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