Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday letters: GOP showing signs of self-destruction

RNC: No debates for CNN or NBC | Aug. 17

Party on path to self-destruction

The Republican National Committee is blocking CNN and NBC from hosting any debates because each network is planning a documentary about Hillary Clinton. At the same time, they announce there will be fewer Republican debates, because too many debates (with "hostile moderators") hurt Mitt Romney in the last election.

How ironic: Just as too much information about their candidates will be harmful, so too will too much information about their opponents hurt their chances. Once again they are insulting the intelligence of the electorate and don't even know it. My former Grand Old Party is self-destructing already, 26 months out from the election.

Duke Miller, Anna Maria

Boycotts can go both ways

What an excellent time for the adults in the room to stand up against this Republican bullying tactic. At a minimum, CNN and NBC should just tell the Republican National Committee that until such time as they are allowed to televise a GOP primary debate, neither CNN nor NBC will mention a single Republican presidential hopeful or anything associated with the Republican primary process.

A complete blackout of GOP primary news would not only answer the bullies, but actually give us a break from what I am sure will be another "clown fest."

John Hayes, Sun City Center

Congress outraged at latest NSA news Aug. 17

Snowden is a hero

The disclosure of serious malfeasance by the National Security Agency has raised many questions, one of which seems to have been overlooked. Is Edward Snowden a treasonous fugitive from justice, as charged, or the victim of gross injustice?

In a 180-degree turnabout, many now recognize Snowden as a wise and bold patriot who, single-handedly and at indescribable personal risk, exposed major illegal operations of a (heretofore) highly trusted, powerful government agency.

It is time for an about-face and a sincere apology to Snowden; time to bring him home and welcome him back as a hero.

Seymour S. Bluestone, Clearwater

All-American profit | Aug. 17

Contempt as entertainment

I haven't seen the Broadway production featured on the front page of the Times, but the article reports the show is the "hottest ticket of the year" and a 2011 Tony Award winner. The show's "merciless mocking of religion," "filled with vulgar lyrics and an irreverent plot," continues to play to "102 percent capacity."

Shouldn't we be more careful about what we promote as entertainment? Tastes in entertainment change with cultural sensibilities. At one point in our history, the American stage featured blackface entertainers and Native American caricatures. What if this production targeted Jews, or Muslims? Why is it all right in the name of "entertainment" to insult, scorn, tease and show contempt for a specific group of Americans?

Who will be the next target of this bully we call "entertainment"? Who will laugh along with the bully for fear they will be targeted next, and who will stand up for the victim?

Charles Watford, Odessa

Al-Qaida threat growing in Iraq, diplomats warn | Aug. 16

U.S. role in Iraqi violence

This situation is developing "nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew" from Iraq, the inference being that it was our withdrawal that led to the present violence, which is the exact opposite of the truth.

This is a perfect example of what Maureen Dowd called "Bush World," where up is down, in is out, black is white and wrong is right. Secular Sunni Saddam Hussein was the sworn enemy of al-Qaida, which had no presence in Iraq until George W. Bush deposed him and handed power to the radical fundamentalist Shiites, at which time al-Qaida rushed in to fight the invaders (us).

It should be remembered that in 2008 the Senate Intelligence Committee voted that the invasion of Iraq had greatly increased the danger to this country. However, thanks to the apathy and ignorance of the American people, Bush and his gang will never be called to account for the ongoing disaster that is Iraq, a disaster that they caused and which President Barack Obama prefers to ignore.

R.G. Wheeler, St. Petersburg

Signed, sealed and delivered no more Aug. 18

Making matters worse

After reading about the policy changes at the Hillsborough County jail that take effect on Sept. 1 — not allowing inmates to receive letters from their loved ones nor being able to purchase books, even if delivered directly from retailers — I felt indignant.

The majority of these prisoners sooner or later will return to our community. It is not necessary to make their lives in prison even more damaged. Not letting inmates have access to the letters of their loved ones and not allowing them to purchase books is not going to change their behavior for the better. They will leave jail even more revolted, more mentally and psychologically damaged.

What is the intent of making the change? Increased security? Is the police officer reviewing the mail unable to find drugs, weapons, etc.? Or is it saving money? Think about the cost to society of releasing damaged inmates, and compare this to the minor cost of performing the screening.

We should all think about what prisons could do to improve prisoners' role in society. Cutting family connections is not the answer.

Virginia Mercia Pearson, Palm Harbor


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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18