Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Pastor belonged at inauguration

Minister bows out of Obama inaugural | Jan. 11

Pastor belonged at inauguration

I am appalled by the liberals' reaction to the Rev. Louie Giglio (a man who recently revved up at least 60,000 college students to fight human slavery) and the White House's regret for inviting him to the inauguration. I am not the biggest Giglio fan personally, but it is objectively hateful and desperate to make a big deal out of a sermon he preached decades ago that spoke against homosexuality.

I assume he still stands by what he said then, as that is clearly the biblical view on the issue, but I wish that non-Christians and liberal media would understand that Giglio (and every true Christian) has more reason to love homosexuals than any non-Christian human rights activist ever could. Multiple times in the Bible, Jesus not merely encourages but commands Christians to display unconditional love to people. Louie Giglio embraces this, so I see no reason why he should ever be called "antigay," especially when he is working so hard to save the lives of the 27 million slaves in the world, many of whom are homosexual.

Hope Henchey, Brandon

House GOP stayed ideological course Jan. 11

Do the people's business

The 112th Congress earned a 86 percent disapproval rating by voters and passed 220 laws, the fewest ever. Because Republicans remained ideologically pure and strictly abided by their Promise to America, little was accomplished and Congress fell into even greater disrepute.

Ideology must not stand in the way of compromise that addresses and solves the important issues that impact our lives. We are tired of problems made up by our Congress, such as self-imposed cliffs. Do the people's business, not your party's business.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Skewed standard

This article gives House Republicans 17 "Promises Broken," noting that "we rate outcomes, not intentions, so that proposals that passed the House but never became law earned a Promise Broken rating." Yet later, inadvertently showing the unfairness of this method, the article quotes Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution as saying "the American government is not run by the House."

Republicans can never come out ahead in PolitiFact's skewed analysis. They only control the House, while Democrats control the Senate and presidency. But according to PolitiFact, it is still a broken promise when legislation that the House passes (what normal folks would call a Promise Kept) gets blocked in the Democratic Senate or by the Democratic president.

What PolitiFact is really telling us is that Republicans can only win a Promise Kept rating on a controversial policy matter if they adopt the Democratic position.

Chip Spina, Indian Rocks Beach

Biden hastens gun plan | Jan. 11

Abuse of power

Vice President Joe Biden says the president is going to use his executive powers to circumvent the will of the people and jam a gun law of his liking down the throats of legal gun owners. He evidently does not respect the Constitution. Who, I ask, will challenge the legality of his executive orders?

This is an unprecedented power grab, which has little to do with the safety of children but rather is an agenda against the Second Amendment.

Orfeo Trombetta, Seminole

Plan for schools: armed guards | Jan. 10

Funds could do much more

This article mentions that funding for armed school guards will come from a "long protected" district contingency account, "now worth close to $100 million."

The Hillsborough school district is crying for more public money. Why and how did a protected fund worth $100 million escape the public's attention? What contingencies could be more urgent than the current financial and safety crisis in our schools?

Judy Vogel, Tampa

Pay for guards with gun fee

I've noticed that the answer to safety in public schools seems to be leaning toward the use of armed police and county sheriffs standing guard while school is in session. While this solution isn't my first choice, it's looking like the way of the future.

The next discussion should be who has to shoulder the financial burden of paying for these guards. I propose the following. There are over a million registered gun owners in Florida. They are concerned over their rights to own these items and I do not want to argue the fact. I simply suggest that there be a yearly "licensed gun owner fee," similar to that of say, vehicle registration. The new fee would cover the added expense of safety at schools.

Justin Goushaw, Ruskin

No gun ban seen by NRA | Jan. 14

Canada conundrum

I wonder if scientists have figured out how the Canadians can watch movies and play video games and not shoot anyone?

Susan Nichols, St. Petersburg

Airport name to draw suit | Jan. 11

Tampa isn't a trademark

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says, "We have to protect our brand." And Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano adds, "I would imagine Old Navy would be upset if someone came in and named a company Old Regional Navy."

Sure, but that's exploitation of an existing trademarked name. This is exploitation of proximity to the city of Tampa, as Brooksville is a much lesser known place. But they are certainly not trying to copy the trademarked Tampa International Airport with Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport.

And since when does an airport own the rights to the name Tampa? There's the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. There's Palm Beach International Airport and Palm Beach County Park Airport. There are three airports with the name "Orlando" in them.

It doesn't look like the folks in Brooksville are going blink, nor should they. And Tampa International surely has better uses for $400,000 than intimidating a smaller regional airport 40 miles to the north.

David Coreen, Land O'Lakes


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18