Sunday, July 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Trump's record of accomplishment

President Trump

Solid record of accomplishments

I do not subscribe to the "Donald Trump/ Russia" conspiracy, but just suppose for a minute that the Russians did interfere. What exact harm was done? Let's see.

• We now have a president who genuinely loves this country and wants to "make America great again" — not a bad thing.

• We have preserved American jobs and put thousands of Americans back to work — not a bad thing.

• We have removed thousands of unjustified slackers off the welfare and food stamp rolls — not a bad thing.

• Illegal immigration is down about 70 percent — not a bad thing.

• We finally have a president with the backbone to tell NATO that since 1945 American taxpayers have kept Europe safe, after rebuilding their industrial base, and it's high time they pay their fair share for their own protection. Putting NATO on notice: not a bad thing.

• Trump has reversed executive orders by President Barack Obama that curtail American businesses large and small — not a bad thing.

• Trump told the G7 "global warming conspirators" that U.S. taxpayers will not pay hundreds of billions of dollars to other countries so their economies may grow while American industry shrivels up and dies — again, not a bad thing.

The list can go on and on, but you get the picture.

Daniel Beck, Safety Harbor

Science through the ages | June 15, letter

Predictions vs. data

This letter is missing one important fact: Predictions are not science and cannot be categorized as fact. That is why some do not believe the scientists' predictions.

The study in science of past climate changes is based on provable, measurable data. The projection of climate change in the future is nothing but a hypothesis that is based on assumptions and unproven theory. I suggest people look in the dictionary for the difference between hypothesis and fact. The climate models used to predict future climate events are not based on fact, but theory, and therefore cannot be proven. For instance, hurricane strength and landfall projections are not proven events.

The funny thing is after the volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, the Earth cooled by 0.72 degrees Celsius (1.6 Fahrenheit) in 1992, a measurable data point. The reduction is much more than the predicted 0.2 Celsius decrease by 2100 under the Paris Climate Accord.

I am not proposing more pollution, just pointing out that things are not always black and white.

Stephen C. Zakrzewski, Oldsmar

Two shootings, two results | June 17, letter

Paranoia isn't helpful

As an avid shooter, it never ceases to amaze me how rampant paranoia is causing people to rush out and obtain a concealed weapons permit. I hope they read the handbook very carefully. This writer claims he carries a firearm "everywhere" and he may very well be violating the law if he does.

The list of places you cannot carry is too long to list here, but applicants for a permit are given a handbook with all the rules when they take the course. Concealed weapons permits, in my opinion, do little more than give people a false sense of security. And you can never forget you're carrying. Every day people are arrested for "forgetting" their weapon in a prohibited place. And do you really need one? You can legally keep a properly secured firearm in your home and auto without a permit.

Bob Dalzell, St. Petersburg

Single-payer pitfalls | June 15, letter

Medicare's popularity

Yes, single-payer plans do have pitfalls.

The Medicare program is a single-payer, government-run program. Do you know one person who would willingly give up their Medicare? I don't … not one.

Anne Rost, Clearwater

Health care

Promises, promises

A handful of Republican senators is meeting in private to plan changes in health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised he would cover everyone and do it cheaper and better than under current policy. Do you think that if even one of those promises were true that this cabal would be meeting in secret?

Paul Robinson, Tarpon Springs

Rage is all the rage | June 18, commentary

Anger on all sides

Peggy Noonan believes we'd be better off if the left would just tone things down. I guess that means she's okay with body-slamming reporters, Second Amendment "remedies" and "beating the crap" out of tomato wielders. There is incendiary rhetoric on both sides, and I'd have more respect for Noonan if she was less partisan in her outrage.

Keith Johnston, Safety Harbor

Remove Confederate monument June 20, editorial

Reminder of our history

Another piece of history is in danger: a memorial that was erected to honor soldiers from Florida who fought in America's Civil War. The monument is described as a symbol of hate and racism. If that is true, why don't we tear down the Washington Monument as it was built with slave labor? The Capitol building also was built with slave labor. Custer National Cemetery should be abolished too, as Custer went there to annihilate the American Indian, an act of hate and racism. And let's not forget about removing Confederate monuments in Gettysburg, Shiloh, Bull Run and others.

Not all vestiges of Nazism were removed after World War II. In some countries, parts of the death camps still exist as a reminder of the evil they were. We must remember the times that brought about the Civil War and the differences in cultures. We need to preserve and maintain these memorials as reminders of where we were, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.

Wayne Parlow, Ridge Manor


Monday’s letters: More reaction to Trump

Trump sides with Putin over U.S.A. | July 17 editorialVoters will have to protect national securityThe American intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russia involved itself in the 2016 election, all to benefit the candidacy of Dona...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Sunday’s letters: What to do about the National Flood Insurance Program

Time’s running out on flood insurance | Column, July 18Kill the flood insurance programThe Republican ethos (Sen. Marco Rubio) is that government should not interfere in markets and that privatization should be implemented whenever possible. That...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Saturday’s letters:

Time for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. Can America afford a soci...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Friday’s letters: Trump’s excuses about Helsinki

Trump got tripped up | July 18 A dangerous mix-up for a president President Donald Trump would have us believe that he misspoke when he stood on the world stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed belief in Putin rather than the un...
Published: 07/18/18
Updated: 07/20/18

Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17 Watch what he does — and what he says, too Anyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18