Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Exploiting animals is despicable

PETA wants Dade City zoo investigated | Oct. 4

Exploiting animals is despicable

Allowing young animals to be manhandled by streams of tourists is despicable. Trying to spin it as anything other than money-grabbing exploitation is reprehensible. According to news reports, Dade City's Wild Things is currently under investigation by federal authorities for failing to comply with animal protection laws. It's public record that the zoo has already received an official warning for multiple violations.

Tiger cubs belong with their mother, not dumped in swimming pools. You don't even have to like animals to be appalled by what this roadside zoo is doing to animals.

This outfit exemplifies all that is wrong with the way humans treat those with whom we share the planet.

Jennifer O'Connor, Largo

Repairs begin on health website | Oct. 5

Problems with Obamacare

I was looking forward to going to healthcare.gov and finding out what my insurance options would be for 2014, considering that I am losing my job at the end of October. So, I support Obamacare.

I started trying to get into the website Oct. 1 but was kicked off and told that I couldn't register for an account. I got online Saturday night and waited. And waited. I finally got in and put in my information to create an account.

I only wanted to know what plans were available and what they would cost compared to my COBRA benefits. After you create your account you must prove your identity. The website gives you some Experian questions to see if your answers match what the credit bureau says. There is so much bad information in our credit files that matching would be miraculous. So I flunked out at identifying myself.

I was given an option of calling Experian and holding on the phone with them for who knows how long. After 15 minutes I gave up and chose the option to keep going without proving my identity. I put in the rest of the information. The site then said that before telling me I'm eligible I have to prove my identity and I can do this by uploading an image of my driver's license. Is the average person with no insurance going to be able to do this?

Luckily I have a scanner. The website said that the file needed to be less than 10 MB. The license was 49 KB, so I uploaded it — and got a message that it was too large.

Then the site told me that I could call an 800 number if I had problems uploading my scanned document. At this point even this Democrat gave up, went to the fridge and got a beer and told her husband that Obamacare was doomed.

I hope they get this fixed before my COBRA runs out.

Judy Greengrass, Lutz

Hoping more zzz's lead to more A's | Oct. 5

Take the public bus route

Another way to solve the problem of high school students' lack of sleep would be to let them take public transportation to go to school. The school district could purchase bus passes at a deep discount from HART and the money would be used to acquire buses and increase routes to service schools.

This would allow high schools to start their day later, free the existing school bus fleet to serve younger students and would also benefit all of us by increasing public transportation. Win-win-win, as they say.

Pablo Rottenberg, Temple Terrace

House leader talks of default | Oct. 7

Moderates must act

A select group of conservative House members are clearly in the wrong in this situation. They're demanding a ransom for doing their job and are putting the health and security of the United States at risk. As much I wish the Democrats would use their current political high ground to box in the tea party and cost them momentum in 2014, what this country needs now are adults with a sense of responsibility.

If moderate Democrats alongside moderate Republicans can assume this mantle of responsibility and pressure House Speaker John Boehner to put a clean continuing resolution on the floor of the House, maybe the American people will once again associate the words moderation and compromise with forward progress, not a "dilution" of moral values.

Aaron Burnham, Land O'Lakes

Weatherford keeps 150,000 uninsured Oct. 5, editorial

A policy's human cost

Thank you for this editorial regarding the 150,000 uninsured in Tampa Bay.

This very second, one of those 150,000 could be in the process of developing stage 1 cancer. He or she will not go to a doctor because she can't afford the fee. The cancer at this point is hardly noticeable but is treatable if caught early enough. It won't be. In six months that same person, someone who worked full time, could be dead from cancer.

Since our House speaker, Will Weatherford, is so fond of public praying, perhaps he can take time to visit the funeral home and say a prayer for the deceased. The prayer could remind everyone in earshot that kindness is at the heart of Christianity. He could then explain to the family that stopping Medicaid was really the smartest thing that he could do for them as their representative.

Thomas Maciocha, Tampa

Ignore the debt limit and It's never happened before Oct. 6, commentaries

Heading to catastrophe

Both Matthew Yglesias and Henry Aaron express very naive opinions in advocating that the U.S. government ignore the debt ceiling and just sell more bonds. They seem to forget that a sale won't happen without a willing buyer. Who would buy these bonds, and at what price? Courts could deem them to be illegal or fraudulent. They won't be backed by the "full faith and credit" of the United States since Congress isn't backing them.

Foreign investors and sovereign funds could easily turn to other, less risky non-U.S. investments. Even if some buyers were found, they would likely demand such a discount (high interest rate), it could send shock waves through the entire credit market and cause another credit meltdown.

Steve Armstrong, Temple Terrace

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Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18