Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Libya questions need answers

Panetta: Military in dark in Libya | Oct. 26

Libya questions need answers

The American people are owed more from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta than glib and, as it now turns out, misleading statements about lacking real-time information necessary to deploy forces. The American people are also owed an explanation of decisions that were made by CIA chief David Petraeus.

But the buck stops with the president. It is inconceivable that decisions to send or not to send military forces to rescue CIA personnel would not have been presented to the president. (If they were not, that would be a scandal of the first order.) So the question is not so much what Panetta or Petraeus thought, or what they recommended. The question is what the president did that evening of Sept. 11. Whom did President Barack Obama speak with? What meetings did he convene? What decisions did he make? Why?

John M. Whelan, Dunedin

A flood of attack ads | Oct. 27

Mouthpiece for Democrats

Noteworthy, but not surprising, was the "cover the front page" article about the evil conservative super PAC American Crossroads and how it is going to destroy political discourse in the country. Yet there's only a one-line mention in the second-to-last paragraph about its liberal counterpart, Priorities USA.

It's sad to see what the national and local press has become. There was a time when you provided a valuable service: holding public officials accountable for their words and actions. Now you've just degenerated into transparent mouthpieces for the Democratic Party.

David Klase, New Port Richey

Buying an election

A Times reporter shocks the world by expounding the obvious: Karl Rove, using billionaire mystery money from afar let loose by a hideous Supreme Court decision, might successfully buy a presidential election.

And Rove's billionaires might also buy a Senate and a few House elections to boot.

The real question will be: If he wins by unleashing such ugliness with so much unaccountable cash, will there be much of a democratic republic left to care about? I'll bet far less than we hope for.

Dale Friedley, St. Petersburg

Campaign 2012

Running the numbers

Mitt Romney has pulled the number of "12 million new jobs" out of thin air. There are no specifics as to how he would accomplish that. Like everything else Romney says, he says it because it sounds good, in the moment. Tomorrow he will say something different.

Massachusetts was 47th in job creation while he was governor. He is losing by 20 points in Massachusetts. The people of his state know his record and hated it. That's why he chose not to run for a second term.

Norma Bean, Tampa

Ex-secretary of state endorses Obama Oct. 26

Powell's reasoning

Your campaign note did not go into detail on what Colin Powell said on why he is supporting President Barack Obama. Powell's reasoning should be considered by any voter in this pivotal presidential election.

Powell took serious issue with Mitt Romney's foreign policy stances, saying, "One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Romney agreed with the president with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign."

Powell also said the president got the United States out of Iraq and has laid out a plan for leaving Afghanistan "and didn't get us into any new wars."

And he praised Obama's economic performance, saying that while difficult choices are ahead on taxes, spending and budgetary policies, "Steadily, I think we've begun to come out of the dive and we're gaining altitude."

Aaron Barman, Odessa

Voters deserve more than fear and mud Oct. 27, editorial

A nation's principles

Thank you for your editorial about the absurd and ignorant ad on television by Frank Farkas stating that opponent Dwight Dudley's representation of criminal defendants makes him unqualified to hold office and, somehow, guilty of his clients' crimes.

Any defendant is entitled to the best possible defense provided by his attorney. The attorney who provides that defense is upholding the principles of our country.

Jim Stillman, Lutz

HPV vaccine

Education lacking

An estimated 20 million people in the United States are infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Of these, more than 11,000 will develop cervical cancer. This is alarming, especially for Florida, which has one of the highest HPV-associated cervical cancer rates in the United States.

The link between HPV and cancer has been clearly illustrated and supported by the medical and scientific community. Unfortunately, an understanding of this link is limited among the public. This is especially true in the South, which has one the highest rates of HPV infection.

The HPV vaccine has been proven to be safe, effective and life-saving, but this is not common knowledge in our state. As a registered nurse, I am concerned that our state government has not implemented legislation on the HPV vaccine.

How can our state afford to not educate the public when awareness is already low? We are doing a great disservice to the health of our children by not pushing for HPV legislation, whether it be in the form of vaccination or education.

Vincent Labarca, Tallahassee

Bruised but still standing | Oct. 29

Are we a theocracy?

Congratulations on the vivid descriptions of the horrors in certain private schools. Such an expose, shocking as it is, was certainly needed.

To me, one of the most amazing statements made is, "In 1984, Florida legislators passed a law that would allow religious homes to use corporal punishment if they could justify it with Scripture." Are we, then, living in a theocracy? If so, whose "God" is in charge? Whose "Scripture" is supreme?

Abigail Ann Martin, Brandon


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

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