Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Poor location for medical merger

USF, hospital team up | Sept. 20

Poor location for medical merger

While potentially advantageous for Lakeland, this merger is a sad reminder of the failure of USF's College of Medicine to be the leader of academic and clinical medicine in Tampa Bay. For years it has failed or been rebuffed in its efforts to build its own hospital in Tampa, and now it has resorted to creating a university hospital in a city outside of Tampa Bay.

It was bad enough that the medical school's scientists, located on the main USF campus in north Tampa, were separated by 15 miles from the majority of its clinical faculty based at Tampa General, or 35 miles from those at All Children's, but now that separation is nearly 50 miles. A more logical solution would have been for USF to move the entire medical school to St. Petersburg, adjacent to its gorgeous St. Petersburg campus on the edge of a thriving downtown community and the new Johns Hopkins-affiliated All Children's Hospital.

There is already a precedent for placing an entire college in St. Petersburg, with the world-renowned USF College of Marine Sciences adjacent to the USF St. Petersburg campus. There is vacant land where the old children's hospital resided, and Bayfront Medical Center — a Level II trauma center and teaching hospital — is desperately seeking affiliation.

Bayfront already has family practice and ob/gyn residency programs; it would have been the perfect "takeover" hospital for USF. Once completed, the new USF College of Medicine would then have a teaching hospital adjacent to a Johns Hopkins children's hospital adjacent to a nonmedical branch of the university in a beautiful waterfront city setting. Would that not make more sense?

Jeffrey B. Neustadt, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics and orthopedics, USF College of Medicine; chairman, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg

Mom, two kids found dead | Sept. 23

Show concern for neighbors

Sadly, a sense of hopelessness, isolation and loss of a supportive community is too common for our marginalized neighbors struggling financially. In the case of Clearwater's Brown family of four, it became overwhelming and ultimately deadly.

If we saw Dawn and children drowning, wouldn't we throw toss them a rope? Yet other neighbors report they saw the problem coming for months.

Missing in this tragedy that might have been prevented was a single person willing to invest a minute or two and sincerely inquire how she is coping with the stress in her life. Also to share that help is a phone call away by dialing 211, or that a nearby faith community might have resources for her family.

Our neighborhoods are filled with hundreds of families like Dawn's in need of a caring word and a link to a supportive community.

Michael Doyle, Tampa

Editorial cartoon | Sept. 21

Test of tolerance

I wonder what the response of the current administration in Washington, and the American media, would be if Christians were to voice outrage at the publication of the cartoon portraying Jesus as being married and sent out to get groceries. I'm betting no apologies would be issued.

Mary Crepeau, St. Petersburg

Again, the same old hate | Sept. 23, commentary

Racism still with us

When I read Leonard Pitts' article about the racist bumper sticker I was furious.

This president has worked diligently for the benefit of all Americans during a terrible time in our history while being blocked at every turn by a Congress determined to see him fail regardless of the cost to the country.

I have said to friends and family that the reason behind this is racist: resentment that there is a black man in the White House. God help America.

Judy Recio, Brandon

Followup question

Is there any proof that such a bumper sticker was actually seen by the young lady, or that it actually exists?

James Gagel, Coral Gables

Prayers to save 'God's creatures' | Sept. 23

Stop the poachers

I was sad to read about avaricious poachers killing rhinos and elephants for body parts to then sell them in Asia. I was encouraged, though, that three major religious groups were united in trying to stop the killings.

I was very young when I bought small ivory figures for gifts to my brother. I was aware of where ivory came from but did not think that the elephants were killed in order to supply the demand for ivory. I believed the tusks were "harvested" after the elephants died of old age. After I was educated about the mass slaughter of these highly intelligent creatures, I never bought ivory again.

Haylee Gagnon, New Port Richey

Campaign 2012

Phone demographics

If you have noticed that some polls are showing Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama running neck and neck, while other polls are showing Obama ahead of Romney, you might want to inquire what polling technique was used.

It turns out that younger voters are more favorable toward Obama, while older voters (above 50) prefer Romney. Some pollsters only poll land line phones, which are owned mostly by older voters. Younger people are going with mobile phones, and many of them do not own land lines.

So polls that call land lines only will get more older, conservative Romney voters, while polls that call cell phones will get more younger voters who lean toward Obama.

Michael Otto, Oldsmar

Home riddled with gangster lore | Sept. 23

Fine journalism

I start my day off reading the Tampa Bay Times as I am always seeking ways to edify myself. Lane DeGregory certainly filled that need with an exceptionally well-written story regarding Ma Barker.

I had read stories before on Ma Barker being the first female on the FBI's most wanted list. The article made me wonder whether she was a hardened criminal or simply a loving mother wanting to harbor her sons from the law. DeGregory gave me pause as to whether the FBI had enough evidence as to the role she played in her sons' criminal activities.

I hope the Times publishes more of these incredibly interesting articles.

Holly Haley, New Port Richey


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

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

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My 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. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18