Sunday, March 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: This Children's Board member doesn't have head in the sand

Fix highly dysfunctional Children's Board 'family' | May 21, editorial

Parameters for the good of all

Your editorial certainly provided evidence that there is much work to be done by those of us associated with the Children's Board for all of the reasons you cited. What I found troubling about your commentary is your assertion that my comments about board members observing "parameters" would have one believe that I am trying to hide or ignore the issues we are facing. You also suggest that I am not exerting leadership that will confront the problems and seek solutions that will regain public trust, manage taxpayers' dollars in the most prudent way, and improve the morale, working relationships and conditions of the agency.

As a board, we recently approved a contract to have an outside organization come in to assist us with the very issues you described. If we want to ensure that the process is transparent and will lead us to solutions that will help change the culture, the working conditions and perceptions, we must be partners in that process. In no way is my head in the sand; I just want to do what is appropriate as a board member so that I won't be accused of micromanaging or be criticized for interfering with what we have paid experts to do.

"Parameter" isn't a bad word or a roadblock to stifle the work that must be done to make us the kind of agency the public expects and that we are obligated to deliver.

Doretha W. Edgecomb, member of Hillsborough County Children's Board

Fix highly dysfunctional Children's Board 'family' | May 21, editorial

Dissolve the agency

The editorial doesn't go far enough in calling for solutions to the Hillsborough Children's Board. The alteration of documents may be official misconduct, a violation of Florida statutes. This should be investigated and prosecuted, if true. The Times only suggests that "board members should take their heads out of the sand."

The real solution is to dissolve the agency, and the other children's service councils in the state that are highly dysfunctional. Deserving programs should be transferred to county planning. This would improve public accountability and greatly reduce the burden to the taxpayer.

Joe Weinzettle, Tarpon Springs

1% tax proposal is not in president's plans May 20

Obama can't be trusted

PolitiFact's "pants on fire" ruling on the statement "Barack Obama's finance team is recommending a 1 percent tax on all transactions at any financial institution" might be correct but should not ease anybody's concerns.

Obama's open mike moment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev when the president expressed that he would have more flexibility after his re-election has proved that he is not transparent and can't be trusted. It pains me to think of the amount of flexibility the president will have in regard to taxes after the election. The only real evidence PolitiFact might have to justify the ruling is the word and promise of the administration. Forgive me if that does not make me feel better.

Steve Weinman, Lutz

Cost shouldn't be a deal killer | May 21, letter

Students, face reality

Haverford College student Kathryn Dorn says, "If students should only attend college when they're sure they'll be able to pay the entire tuition themselves, some students wouldn't be able to attend any institution, private or public."

The continued sense of entitlement versus something earned marches on. This administration's stance on student loans and the "difficulty" students are having repaying these loans is clear. The next great entitlement will be ridding these poor, unsuspecting students of loans. Taxpayers will once more be required to pay for someone else's gain.

Eric L. McShane, St. Petersburg

Why borrowing pays off | May 18, column

Greatest commodity

The authors of this column, two university professors, are knowledgeable about the advantages of more time and attention devoted to studies and classroom activities.

But there is another perspective.

Years ago I was a candidate for an important job. I did not get the job, but I became good friends with the headhunter who recruited me.

Once, at a lunch, I asked: "How many executives have you placed?" He said, "About 3,500." I asked if there was any common thread in the group.

He said, "About 80 percent worked their way through school. It taught them the value of money. But more importantly, it taught them the value of time."

Don Newman, Belleair

Water solution simple: Charge gluttons more May 17, column

Bottlers are the real hogs

I am always disgusted with water restrictions for citizens of Florida, when the major bottling companies suck millions of dollars of water from our aquifers without paying a cent.

They then resell the water to us, and across America, for a huge profit.

Florida gets nothing except watering restrictions and potential fines for using a fraction of the water the bottlers take from our water supply each day.

Michael Otto, Oldsmar

Tough on crime and hard on justice May 21, Leonard Pitts column

Warped Florida law

Marissa Alexander was sentenced by the state of Florida to a mandatory 20-year prison sentence for shooting the ceiling of her apartment.

She claimed to have done this to frighten her husband, who she said was threatening her.

I realize full well this was a serious incident, as someone in the apartment above could have been injured, or worse, killed.

At the same time, it occurs to me this is one more example of the lack of wisdom expressed in Florida law. Had Marissa had the foresight to shoot her husband instead of the ceiling, claiming the threat of imminent danger, she would probably be a free woman today.

Robert A. Shaw, Madeira Beach


Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18