Friday, December 15, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Flip-flopping can be a good thing

Campaign 2014

Flip-flopping can be a good thing

One of the most popular derogatory terms used in today's political campaigns is "flip-flop." It is used to describe any politician who has changed his mind on a particular subject. It doesn't matter if the change is more conservative or liberal.

Many people change their mind over time about many different things. I prefer to think that these people have had time to evaluate something and are speaking from a more educated position, whether I agree with it or not.

Does anybody believe that 25 years ago there was any chance that any state would legalize same-sex marriage or marijuana? It seems that a large number of people in the country have "flip-flopped" on those subjects.

Before we accuse a politician of flip-flopping, perhaps we should consider that he or she has further educated themselves on the issue.

Barry Kreiling, Brooksville

Campaign 2014

Reject the status quo

It is no secret that most Americans are fed up with politicians. The polls show that the approval rating of the present Congress is at a historic low. Yet, election after election, voters vote for the same career politicians who are responsible for the mess this country is in.

Why? Because the same career politicians raise enough money to buy their way through the primary elections and thereby get their names on the general election ballot. Most of us don't take the time to educate ourselves on the candidates who are not career politicians and who have very little money to finance their campaigns.

I have had enough. This primary, I am not going to vote for a single incumbent. I am not going to vote for one candidate who has raised a large amount of money to finance his or her campaign. I urge all voters to do the same. You can get information on the Internet on how much money has been raised by candidates.

By not voting for incumbents or those candidates who have raised large sums of money to finance their campaigns, we can put an end to these politicians who don't represent us.

Henry Loscher, Palm Harbor

Outlaw libertarian hopes to be governor Aug. 17

Limited appeal

I enjoyed the front-page article on Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor.

He wants to eliminate Florida's property tax and cut public school funding by 30 percent. Even Republican pundits know that cannot work. Florida has no income tax, so the only source of income would be sales tax. The state government would see its credit rating drop as it did in Kansas when Gov. Sam Brownback fiddled with state taxes. The state could end in bankruptcy under Wyllie's plans.

Wyllie is hoping for votes from both sides of the political aisle, but it is unlikely he will garner many votes from progressive or liberal Democrats.

Eric Elder, Palm Harbor

Taking a stand

Thank you for giving the Libertarian candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, the coverage he deserves. With him at 9 percent in the polls as more voters grow disgusted with our two-party system, you did right by treating him as a serious candidate.

A critical oversight on your part is that while labeling Wyllie as an "outlaw" you neglected to mention an important fact. The reason that Wyllie is driving without a license is solely to challenge the constitutionality of the REAL ID Act, and there has been extensive litigation over this issue. Simply calling him an "outlaw" in your headline was careless without providing all of the surrounding circumstances. Didn't the reporter ask about this issue to the same degree that he inquired as to other aspects of Wyllie's personal life?

One may be called an "outlaw" if one is violating a law that is in effect at the time, but history may be the real judge. What does the responsible patriot do when faced with what he believes is an unjust law? Create legal standing by disobeying the law, and work within the legal system to effectuate change.

Our Founding Fathers might be proud of Adrian Wyllie.

Samantha L. Dammer, Tampa

Dissecting the new maps | Aug. 18

A corrupted process

The voters of Florida sent a strong message to the Legislature that they were fed up with the gerrymandering of districts and wanted a different process. In spite of the very strong result of that election, legislators corrupted the process and allowed outside forces to interfere.

If the judge now allows the current maps to stand, it will be rewarding that corruption and interference. The legislators behind this farce should not be allowed to succeed. The voters who have had their vote and desires ignored should remember on Election Day and hold them accountable. They don't respect the voters as shown by their actions.

If we believe that only these two districts were drawn up illegally, we are gullible beyond belief.

James Johnson, Spring Hill

Charters' backstops: traditional schools Aug. 19, editorial

Priorities out of kilter

Your editorial noted that charter schools serving an estimated 230,000 students will split $75 million in construction funds, while Florida's 67 school districts will share just $50 million.

I think your staff should do an article exposing to the readers the background, the votes and the supporters of charter schools, showing how the Legislature's funding of the few is neglecting the public school system.

My daughter is a first-year teacher in a public elementary in Pinellas County, and I am seeing firsthand the lack of funding of public schools.

Ellen Currey, Clearwater

Disingenuous objection | Aug. 19, letter

Adelson's philanthropy

The letter writer's opinion, though interesting, would lose his bet regarding Sheldon Adelson's concerns about all forms of addiction. He and his wife have contributed millions to various treatment centers and programs. A Fortune magazine report from 2012 details their philanthropic activities and personal services over the years.

Jim Cramer, Riverview


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17