Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Look for practical gun solutions

Plans aim to gut gun rights | Jan. 24

Look for practical gun solutions

There is a way to expand the use of background checks that could capture the sale of many private guns and might actually be used. If an individual is selling a gun to an unknown person, he might be willing to do a background check if the process was easy and free.

First, don't set up a system that requires someone to go through a licensed gun dealer for a background check, because they will charge for that service. Either allow individuals to access the existing federal system themselves or create a duplicate system designed for private sellers.

The purpose of the check is to see if a person should be allowed to buy a gun. Once that is determined, there should be no need to generate any further red tape for the seller.

Karen and Craig Schuler, Hernando

Require insurance

Since Marion Hammer et al. have made it clear that the NRA will not even consider curbing the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity ammo clips, I suggest that those who feel it necessary to purchase such weapons and clips be obliged to obtain liability insurance to the tune of $10 million for each weapon. After all, we are required to show proof of car insurance for the automobiles we own.

Baerbel R. Dagon, Tampa

Panel rejects couple listing | Jan. 25

Cancer of intolerance

Last Monday, on the dual celebration of Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King's birthday, I wrote friends about how much I like the America I'm living in right now. We are diverse, culturally rich, increasingly humane.

I still feel that way. But in Hillsborough County, where I was born and have come back to live? Not so much.

On Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission rejected by a vote of 4-3 a simple proposal that has faced little to no opposition in other Central Florida jurisdictions. It was to establish a domestic partnership registry so that committed couples who are prevented from marriage — either by economic necessity or by law — can register at least the fact of their partnership, in order to be guaranteed a half-dozen or so basic human rights.

My home county has a cancer in it. It's the tiny minority of zealots who believe their personal religion justifies denying the equal benefit and protection of the law to people whose "lifestyles" they don't agree with. The vast majority of people who came to speak to the commission favored the proposal. But the four commissioners who created sham objections in order to justify their votes are still too in thrall to that narrow-minded minority who insist that their personal views must govern us all.

Jim Harper, Tampa

No one's business

What conceivable difference can it make to the registry opponents if unmarried seniors (a man and a woman) sign up to help their domestic partner in a crisis situation?

Al Higginbotham cites his religion as his reason for voting no, but religion has nothing to do with this issue. This is a freedom issue. And it is really none of his business about how I live or how I relate to people I live with.

Why should we have to spend hundreds of dollars to have a lawyer develop paperwork when we can use the registry for free?

These "no" voters are out of touch with reality and the people they represent.

Frank Carman, Sun City Center

Court: Recess appointments weren't legit Jan. 26

Wake-up call for president

How refreshing to see someone finally tug on the reins of our emperor in chief. Kudos to the U.S. Court of Appeals for reminding all of us (including the president) that the Constitution is not just a general reference tool but the law of the land.

I'm sure Barack Obama and his team are even now trying to figure out another end-around play to render this decision moot. After all, with the economy in the dumps, unemployment static and everyone paying a lot more for his health care act, he has to get back to the real issues of the day: immigration, gay marriage and global warming.

William Butler, Seminole

Shock jock trial takes a turn for the weirder Jan. 26

Free publicity

The trial of the dueling DJs has devolved into a mutually beneficial publicity event, giving the principals far more than the "15 minutes of fame" either deserve.

It would only be fair that the taxpayer cost of the proceedings be borne by one or both of the parties. Paying the expenses involved could cause "injured" parties to think twice before they go to court.

If "there is no such thing as bad publicity," the Times should consider billing the space given to this story as advertising.

William Patterson, Treasure Island

Entertainment, not news

Shame on the Times for putting the shock jocks' latest publicity stunt on the front page. This theatrical performance should have been covered in the entertainment section, if at all.

Charlie Morris, Treasure Island

Job Corps' future in doubt | Jan. 26

Nanny state

Heather Johnson's comment: "They can pay for my welfare and food stamps, or pay for my education."

This is a prime example of the mindset of a majority of people in America today. When did it become the "duty" of the government to provide everything to people? What became of the American dream of making a success without a nanny state providing your every wish? People need to wake up while there is still time to save America.

George Mann, Palm Harbor

Teaching Congress diplomacy and facts Jan. 25, commentary

Lessons in deception

I was disgusted to read Connie Schultz's article about Hillary Clinton's performance during testimony at a congressional hearing last week. Schultz wants every young girl in America to watch and learn how it's done. Clinton has learned well from her husband, the master of deception and doublespeak ("It depends on what the meaning of is, is").

Instead of telling the truth, speaking plainly and admitting responsibility, Hillary Clinton circumvents legitimate questions and deflects responsibility onto persons under her command. What lesson is to be learned here? Does Schultz thinks that self-preservation and arrogance are to be preferred over truth, decency and humility? Four brave Americans are dead, and the American people deserve to know Clinton's role in this failure.

Anne Lewis, Sun City Center


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litigants would ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18