Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Corporate greed holds back economy

New jobs? Far too few | July 7

Corporate greed hurts economy

Let's face it: Poor job growth in America is not the fault of the government, governors or presidents. The 3,000-pound elephant in the room is corporate greed.

I am a nurse working for a large U.S. corporation — one of the most successful insurance companies in the industry. Profits of 30 percent were celebrated in the last annual report, and our chairman/CEO can be seen regularly on the business news shows talking about our company's success. However, a large portion of this success comes on the backs of employees and those who have been laid off.

An example from my department: Layoffs, early retirement and "job redistribution" have taken place four times since March 2011. We began that period with 28 nurses and now do the same amount of work with 14. Instead of working eight to nine hours per day to complete our cases, we are working 11 to 12 hours without breaks. I should also mention we are "nonexempt" employees and are not eligible for overtime.

Despite working these hours, we are not able to complete our work and find ourselves rushing and forgoing the important "little things" nurses do.

We are tired, depressed and frustrated. When we express these concerns, we are essentially told that corporate doesn't care — they have 100 applications waiting for each of our positions.

So there you have an example of the current culture of corporate America. They would call this a "streamlined" and "more productive" business model. I call it corporate greed that is out of control.

Sheri Glass, St. Petersburg

On his way back | July 8

Compelling story

I saw the adorable child on the front page and fell in love. I was looking forward to starting my day right with breakfast and the Times. As I started to read Hunter's story I could not swallow my eggs. I could not fathom a mother keeping her child in a closet and other acts of abuse.

Then came the good news regarding the actions of his grandparents getting him the help he needed. Posttraumatic stress disorder takes a long time to recover from, if you ever do. There are so many triggers that can set you off.

Luckily Hunter's abuse was caught at a relatively early stage.

I hope teachers and relatives start to wonder why a child acts up so much. It might be signs of abuse.

Thank you, John Woodrow Cox, for such a compelling story.

Holly Haley, New Port Richey

More political games | July 10, editorial

Put people first

The acrimony displayed by many in Congress has reached a critical stage. These politicians have put themselves in positions where it is nearly impossible to accomplish anything of substance without bickering about motives, costs and who knows what else. Couple this with a lack of leadership from the White House and we have gridlock. This is not what we expected when we voted for these people to represent us.

At no time in modern history has the saying "together we stand, divided we fall" seemed more appropriate. One can only wish that these politicians will put the people and the country ahead of their own interests.

D.E. Bernier, Apollo Beach

Scott's arrogance is hurting Floridians July 1, John Romano column

Sad state of affairs

Thank you, John Romano, for the excellent column on the unmitigated arrogance of Gov. Rick Scott.

Not only has our governor deprived Florida of untold millions in federal benefits, he has deprived me of one of my significant pleasures in life. I can no longer call my twin brother in Minnesota and needle him about the antics and inane utterances of Rep. Michele Bachmann. Alas, she is a small-time incompetent in comparison to our illustrious governor.

Roberta Redding, Tampa

Stick to sports

Thank you, Gov. Rick Scott. Floridians don't need another Barack Obama welfare giveaway. John Romano should stick to sports; maybe he would be more believable.

Lou Moscoe, Palm Harbor

Found | June 30

Unnecessary information

From a lifetime of reading the Tampa Bay Times, I've come to expect that your human interest stories will include mention of a criminal background. However, I have to say that this "feel-good" account of the two survivors' "criminal past" seemed entirely inappropriate and unnecessary. Similar reporting in your rival publication to the east made no mention of the criminal charges. Why must you put such irrelevant facts into your reporting?

James B. Thompson, St. Petersburg

Affordable Care Act

Keep it simple

All of the debate over the Affordable Care Act could have been avoided if Congress had tried, for once, to do the right thing to "keep it simple, stupid." But as usual, it produces this complicated piece of legislation.

A partial fix could have been the public option with Medicare "as an option," with millions of Americans (including younger Americans) choosing to send their increasingly expensive health insurance premiums to the Medicare Trust Fund rather than private insurance companies. This could also have created more competition, with insurance companies competing with the public option, with the potential to lower health insurance costs.

But who am I to question the wisdom and judgment of our infallible and almighty Congress?

Pat Chevalier, St. Petersburg

Campaign 2012

Mute button gets workout

I will soon need a new TV remote because my mute button is wearing out.

For months now and months yet to come, we are subjected to one political ad after another. And the minute I see one pop up, I hit the mute button. I care not who they are for — the reasoning being that the ungodly amounts of money being spent on running them could be doing so very much good elsewhere in this country.

Lucille Willis, Pinellas Park


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

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....
Published: 03/16/18

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