Sunday, May 27, 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


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