Sunday, March 18, 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


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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18