Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Critics of Occupy are the naive ones

Making a meal for those who are fed up | Jan. 7, Sue Carlton column

Critics of Occupy are naive ones

Sue Carlton states that the Occupy movement has been "pegged (hello, John Romano) as a well-meaning if critically unfocused voice." The use of "well-meaning," though well-meant, is little more than a dismissal of a supposedly wide-eyed, youthful group not yet versed in adult corporate/political realities. In truth, it is those who label Occupy as "unfocused" who are naive (purposefully?) as to the workings of our government.

It is the job of our elected officials — not Occupy — to know how to implement the will of the people. Occupy has chosen, in a very focused manner, to convey the will of an ever-increasing number of Americans: Get the overarching influence of big money out of all areas of government.

The next time you choose to describe the Occupy movement, it might be more accurate to replace "well-meaning" with "necessary."

Richard Downing, Hudson

Dalí Museum

A year of pride and progress

Today is the first anniversary of the new Dalí Museum. A year ago we welcomed a princess and an ambassador from Spain; federal, state and local officials; and thousands of Tampa Bay residents. They came to see what you had helped us build. We used the motto: Viva la Revelacion! The motto references the Spanish "Long live the revolution!'' and turns it on end: Long live the Revelation.

And what is the revelation? Together with our colleagues in our terrific museums and new innovative enterprises, we are revealing St. Petersburg to the world. Great art, new business, and a stirring building recharges our creative batteries and helps us see the world in a new way.

In the first year the Dalí has drawn people and identity to this community. The numbers of visitors and the financial impact will be announced at Viva la Revelacion at the Dalí at noon today, showing that the museum's economic gift to the community year after year is far more than the entire cost of its construction.

We have used our resources to share the great Morse Collection and to host events for Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg, to provide docent tours for 17,000 students, and to be a community center for discussion of new science, innovative business, yoga, cuisine, film and opera. We are revealing St. Petersburg as an oasis, a beach where the sky meets land, the salty edge of things, the event horizon.

And we thank you all for making this happen.

Hank Hine, executive director, Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Cranes' flight grounded | Jan. 6

New predator: bureaucrat

For the past several years, a group of dedicated humanitarians have invested considerable time, money and effort in the admirable task of teaching endangered whooping cranes how to fly from Wisconsin to Florida, thereby ensuring their continued existence.

During that time these graceful birds have braved the weather, attacks by bobcats and being shot at. Now they are being threatened by different predators: pencil-pushing bureaucrats. It's difficult to tell from the report exactly what the problem is, but it seems to hinge on whether the pilots who fly the ultralights that lead the cranes are paid or not.

Who cares? If they are not, they should be. Pencil-pushing bureaucrats are a dime a dozen, while the cranes are not. One of the most heartwarming programs in these turbulent times must be allowed to continue.

R.G. Wheeler, St. Petersburg

Not worthy to speak to the president? | Jan. 7

Petty refusal

This is just another example of the pettiness of this administration. Here is a service member who picked herself up after a DUI, made something of herself, attained the rank of petty officer in the Coast Guard, and yet, she's not good enough for a two- to five-minute holiday conversation with the president.

I would think that this would be the kind of person the president would want to talk to. Instead, the cabal of dolts that surround Barack Obama are more concerned with his image than with showing appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Petty Officer Golda Payne.

Now the story is out. I'll be waiting to see how the administration spin doctors put lipstick on this pig.

Kenneth R. Gilder, St. Petersburg

Double standard

Let me get this straight. Petty Officer Golda Payne is not worthy of a phone call from the president because it turns out that she had a DUI in 2006. Have we forgotten that Obama had written in his first book, Dreams From My Father, that before entering politics, that he had used marijuana and cocaine? He said he had not tried heroin only because he didn't like the pusher who was trying to sell it to him.

Obama believed that it was "reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy." Well, in spite of the drugs he took, he became the president of the United States.

So speaking with someone who drank, in Obama's eyes, could cause "negative publicity," but his having a past involving marijuana and cocaine is all right. What a double standard.

Ronald Melone, Clearwater

Gaming battle at hand | Jan. 7

Word games

Let us get it right. "Gaming" is the term for playing board games such as Candyland with the toddlers or Monopoly with the teenagers. "Gambling" is for playing poker with the adults. If you visit a casino, do not expect to see any "gaming." And the term "obfuscating" refers to what politicians do when they are trying to slip one over.

Mortimer Brown, Lutz


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: 8 hours 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...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

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