Sunday, February 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Courageous, amazing story of life

Never let go | Dec. 9

Courageous, amazing story of life

Thanks to Kelley Benham for the courage to share her amazing story of life. As a practicing neurosurgeon, I routinely help families with these agonizing life and death decisions. I have gone through the career evolution of wondering what was right and now knowing that life deserves every chance we can give it. I am heartened that a woman chose to give her baby the chance at life so many never get.

I am saddened by the question implied about whether the cost "is worth it." I am now more commonly seeing families giving up far too early in difficult medical situations. Sadly, they are often goaded into bad decisions by doctors and nurses who believe they have a primary responsibility to serve some broader collective's financial and social goals. They are abandoning their duty to the serve their patient first and misleading the family about the likelihood of recovery. This is happening now in ways I have never seen before.

Many patient care memories are burned in my mind: the lives lost after valiant fights to save them; the lives saved and those who recovered from paralysis and comas; and those who battled through disabilities and thrived.

But the medical memories seared in my mind most — the ones that haunt me — are the lives abandoned that I knew I had a good chance to save. They were abandoned by confused families or doctors and nurses who simply give up or cared more about something other than their patient.

David McKalip, M.D., St. Petersburg

No one relents in spending and tax standoff Dec. 11

Both sides should give

I am a registered Republican, but why don't they yield to the president and give him his tax increase? Then the president should give the Republicans massive budget cuts. If the two sides can do that, they might just find they can balance the budget.

Charles Farrell, St. Petersburg

Full-time jobs hard to come by | Dec. 9

Postelection gloom

I find it interesting and unusual that the liberal-leaning Times would publish a story concerning the very miserable reality of the underemployed and their continuing bleak outlook in this bad Obama economy. Oh, silly me, the election is over.

Leslie M. Gomillion, Hudson

Unemployment claims fall | Dec. 7

Few prospects

The reason for the decline in unemployment claims is because many claimants such as myself lose eligibility. Therefore, you're dropped off the list. I've received my notice telling me I will no longer be getting any unemployment funds. I'm 62 with very few prospects. I've put out at least a thousand resumes in person or by the Web. So, when they talk about improvement, it's not happening for a good part of the population.

John Cody, Tampa

Learning, not fads | Dec. 9, commentary

Online instruction

I normally side with the traditional view, but I reacted differently to this column.

The president of Eckerd College's suspicions on Web learning remind me of John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan lore. The former foresaw a threat to his kerosene lamp monopoly in the latter's upstart investment in Edison's electric bulb. The analogy is not perfect, but I'm betting silicon ideas will replace the fossil fuels of 19th century teaching methods and union monopolists.

I've enjoyed 24/7 Web instruction for two years at a pittance cost learning music theory and technique, to recognize notes across a fret board, play some blues, a classical piece or two, and harmonize the melody. That's not faddish. It's the new normal of lifelong learning opportunity for any pocketbook.

Gary Harrington, St. Petersburg

Pier project stays on track | Dec. 7

Let elected officials decide

I'd like to thank St. Petersburg officials for their vision in moving this very worthwhile project forward. They have shown the leadership needed in making tough decisions. This is why we elected them.

While I agree we as concerned citizens should have the right to vote, I feel I voted for these individuals to represent us and therefore should not vote every time we do not agree with them. There have been two petitions against this pier project. Some who started the second petition did not agree with or sign the first. If it should go to a vote and people don't agree with the next concept, will another group of concerned citizens gather signatures and force another vote?

This could go on for years, costing us a fortune. How many concerned citizens does it take to make a decision? I say it takes a strong mayor and City Council. I feel we have both.

Shirley O'Sullivan, St. Petersburg

Uphold marriage equality | Dec. 11, editorial

Glacial progress

I am amazed at how differences between ourselves take centuries to reconcile. I am approaching a man's life expectancy age and won't be around to see it, but soon gays will be fully accepted, accorded the fundamental rights yearned for in a free society. After all, they didn't choose their preferences, but they are still human.

Drug use will be legally available. After all, like alcohol use, seeking pleasure is human. Prohibition has taught us that responsibility should be the norm, not wishful thinking about changing human nature.

Skin color prejudices will fade. That will take a long time, but as we mingle together we will be forced to recognize that in the end we are all human.

Religion will be acknowledged as superstition. Whatever our egos want to believe about the afterlife, getting along in this lifetime should be our goal.

Don Derkach, Seminole

Fire exposes apparel industry's gaps | Dec. 9

Markets need regulation

Capitalism is the best economic system, according to the tea party, conservatives and libertarians. Less government and less regulation allows the marketplace to solve most, or all, problems of the economy.

The recent terrible death toll in Bangladesh certainly rebuts this premise. The clothing manufacturing industry generates 80 percent of Bangladesh's exports. Since this industry is critical to the economy of the country, any hope of regulation or control is nonexistent. Can we really believe a totally free marketplace will ever be self-regulating?

Jay Hall, Tampa


Monday’s letters:

Trump’s ideas: Raise age limit, arm some teachers | Feb. 23The myth of the ‘good guy’ tacticOnce again we hear the same statement made by the head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, that has been made by President Donald Trump as well as numerous conser...
Published: 02/25/18

Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18