Saturday, March 17, 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


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....
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18

Tuesday’s letters: Our government isn’t responsive to the people

Senate’s focus: safety | March 4American democracy is failingThe checks and balances that once kept our representative democracy from being overrun by the power elite and the extreme political factions they target and manipulate are failing. As t...
Published: 03/05/18