Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Avoiding war should unite nation

U.S., Russia reach accord on Syria's chemical arms | Sept. 15

Avoiding war should unite nation

As a Vietnam vet, I am over our "chicken hawk/cowboy" Congress always criticizing our president on Syria. First they were upset he didn't take action. Then he started to act and they said he needed congressional approval. He goes to Congress and they all hide under their desks.

Now that he has a chance to "give peace a chance" and avoid another stupid war, he is criticized for not leading. He is doing what a president should do: leading and trying to avoid confrontation. We need to support our president in front of the world on this as Americans. This should not be a partisan issue. We are Americans, not just Republicans, Democrats and independents.

Ross P. Alander, Tampa

Lesson for Congress

The world might be growing up. This agreement between the United States and Russia could lead to other diplomatic achievements.

Perhaps our do-nothing Congress could take a lesson in maturity.

Jack Levine, Palm Harbor

A plea for avoiding force against Syria Sept. 13, commentary

Truths from abroad

It is with a heavy heart that I find myself wanting to read more of what the leader of Russia has to say about Syria than what my own leader has to say.

President Vladimir Putin said nothing with which I can disagree, which is the reverse of how I feel about President Barack Obama's decisions on Syria. This is a very sad day for me.

Pat Ellis, St. Petersburg

Putin's pronouncements

Thank you for publishing Russian President Vladimir Putin's sermon to the American people. His pontificating for peaceful dialogue in the Syrian crisis and respecting international law is about two years too late. He has neither said nor done anything constructive, instead propping up Russia's sole surrogate in the Middle East — except for just this past week.

Knowing that the rebels had no hand in this attack, but still hewing to the position that "reports" indicate they are preparing another chemical attack, Putin magnanimously and with great statesmanship stepped in and suggested that he would defuse the situation, call for the destruction of Bashar Assad's chemical weapons, and wag his finger at the United States, meanwhile getting his tux pressed for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Last week people were quoted in the press that Putin had a "very good day" and anointed him as peacemaker, stealing the spotlight from President Barack Obama. The Russian president did the only thing he could. Putin's eleventh-hour intervention to stall the possibly of imminent military retaliation by the United States and France is near-certain confirmation the attack was carried out by the Assad regime and that it may very well have a connection to the Russians themselves.

By the way, the only place where those "reports" about the rebels might have come from is the operations center at the KGB.

Mark Kanuck, Safety Harbor

Obamacare not perfect | Sept. 14, letter

Congress and coverage

Some people, such as the letter writer, have claimed that the fact that members of Congress have exempted themselves from Obamacare proves that they knew is was a bad idea. Utter nonsense.

The truth is that Obamacare exempts everyone who has employer-sponsored health coverage. And members of Congress, being government employees, have the same coverage as other government employees. So there goes another criticism of Obamacare down the drain.

Lewis Lederer, Clearwater

Let it ring | Sept. 15

Research your causes

Besides wishing a special place in hell for Errol Copilevitz and his deceptive and harassing clients, there's another action people can take to protect themselves. Simply refuse to respond to solicitations of any kind over the phone, by mail or email, or by advertising.

Define the causes you care about, research those groups doing the best work for those causes with the most efficient use of funding, and focus your giving there.

Many local groups do incredible work with young people, feeding hungry families, and supporting local institutions. Reach out to them and make your contributions directly.

What Copilevitz and his ilk have done is pit the interests of the rapacious few against those of the citizens. Don't answer the "unknown name" number on your caller ID, and if a solicitor does call, no need to get nasty. "Sorry, we don't respond to telephone solicitations." Then hang up.

Apparently we are all left to protect ourselves from these vultures, liars and thieves. They have their high-priced lawyer — what we have is common sense and the power to say no.

Jerry Nepon-Sixt, Tampa

Here's what really hurts | Sept. 15, editorial

Costs up, moving out

Here's what really hurts — after residing in Florida for 15 years, I don't see it as the place where I can continue to live. Why? The increased costs.

Homeowner's insurance is outrageous. Yes, we have hurricanes and floods, but other parts of the nation have tornadoes and floods. Our insurance rates continue to increase to the point where it's no longer affordable for middle-income households.

Electricity rates climb as customers pay for "vapor" electrical plants. This while the bay area's most visible plant, Big Bend, spews pollutants from its stacks.

Now, with the Legislature's inaction on health care, the cost of insurance/care will skyrocket.

There are cheaper places in the United States to live with as good as or better quality of life. I've loved living in Florida, but it's too expensive.

Kimberlea Dunkle, Valrico

Bridge ban upsets anglers | Sept. 13

Is compromise possible?

Local anglers are, with some justification, upset that they are prohibited from using the new pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Could this situation be relieved by allowing fishing on alternate days? Or once or twice a week? If the fishermen do not keep the bridge neat, this privilege could be revoked.

Homer Savige, Sun City Center

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Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18