Sunday, March 18, 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


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

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18