Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Public deserves facts on scandals

Scandal hysteria needs a dose of facts | May 18, letter

Public deserves facts on scandals

In an attempt to defend the indefensible, the letter writer blames conservatives and Fox News for the White House debacle in Libya and a George W. Bush appointee for the IRS scandal. How convenient; blame Bush again.

I do not remember the New York Times, Washington Post or Tampa Bay Times ever being accused of being conservative, yet all these publications have written that the public should know all the facts and who is responsible for both the Benghazi failures and the alleged illegality by the IRS.

No credible news outlet has said President Barack Obama had anything to do with either disaster, any more than Richard Nixon personally burglarized DNC offices at the Watergate complex. However, they occurred on Obama's watch and he must provide answers, not hide behind plausible deniability.

Four Americans including a U.S. ambassador died needlessly, and there must be answers to the tough questions. Why was the ambassador sent there without adequate protection in the first place? Why were two CIA employees left to defend themselves and others with only a machine gun against a coordinated attack by trained fighters using heavy mortars? Why were these two brave men denied any assistance although the battle raged for more than eight hours? Why was the FBI team held in Tripoli for three weeks while reporters, photographers and local looters trampled the Benghazi crime scene?

If this is scandal hysteria, it is of the Obama administration's own making.

The families of those killed and all Americans deserve answers, not a retort of "what difference does it make."

Dennis Roper, Clearwater

Governor steps up inmate deaths May 20

Justice delayed too long

I take issue with reports that seem to shed a negative light on the speed with which the governor is signing execution orders. How can anyone complain when these convicts have been on death row for over 20 years?

I don't think the governor is acting fast enough. Why should victims' families have to wait over 20 years for justice? In the examples cited in the article, these murderers have been on death row for 23, 25 and 26 years. Enough is enough.

Ken Popek, Land O' Lakes

Health care

British system worked well

During a recent visit to London it became necessary for me to visit a hospital emergency room. Within five minutes, intake was completed; within 30 minutes, I had been seen by a doctor; and within another 30 minutes, I had the necessary prescription to treat my condition. My total out-of-pocket cost? About 12 U.S. dollars.

Despite the fact I was an American tourist, there was no issue about my being treated. Based on my personal experience, I have nothing but praise and appreciation for the British system of socialized medicine.

Bruce Bevins, St. Petersburg

Recalling Heller the radical activist May 19, commentary

A voice of moral courage

I was both amazed and stunned to read the letter Helen Keller wrote in 1933. I must admit that as one who has taught about the Holocaust for years, I had not known about her early concern for the Nazi persecution of Jews. The irony of her remarks is shocking: Here is someone who was blind and deaf, who could see so clearly what was about to happen. Yet sadly, so many others, both here and abroad, who could see just fine, did absolutely nothing until it was too late for so many. Helen Keller is my new hero.

Ronald Medvin, Tampa

Even in surplus, few mercies May 21

Movie magic and money

Regarding the benefits of a possible Dolphin Tale sequel, the USF St. Petersburg College of Business completed a study forecasting the direct economic impact of Dolphin Tale to Pinellas County at $2.1 billion for just the first five years. The movie spent approximately $15 million locally for production expenses. More importantly, it created an enormous tourism influx for Pinellas County via its global marketing campaign, branding our area to millions around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists continue to visit our area from watching the movie. A Dolphin Tale sequel would build growth on top of growth, and continue to create jobs in our No. 1 industry, tourism.

David Yates, CEO, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

Time for offense on pier project May 18, editorial

Lens is ugly, unwanted

It's ugly and it's not worth $50 million. That sums up what we heard from St. Petersburg citizens who signed 20,559 Stop the Lens petitions. We are going to have a vote on Aug. 27 on whether the Lens project shall be terminated.

The original Lens design was an elegant art object that belongs in Dubai or any place where the water is crystal clear and the government has money to burn for public art. Its main feature, the giant curved concrete canopy, may not have been ugly judged as a work of art, but ugly is a good description of the substituted metal canopy being offered now.

In its vision statement, the Pier Advisory Task Force said: "The architecture of the main building should reflect our history and unique identity as a place and city, and be a worthy symbol of our great city." The Lens doesn't even have a main building. The polls taken of our citizens strongly suggest that the Lens does not reflect the character and history of our city.

William C. Ballard, president, Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg Inc., St. Petersburg

Doctor's son charged in abortion pill deception | May 16

More serious than a 'trick'

Please be more thoughtful in your choice of words. In a story last week about the "abortion pill" crime, the caption under the photo on page 9A says that Remee Lee was the unwitting victim of a "trick." Tying someone's shoelaces together is a trick; hiding someone's keys is a trick. Killing a baby is not a trick.

Linda B. Hope, Tampa


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial 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 litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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