Saturday, May 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Socialism has been tried; it failed

Hunting for a middle way | Jan. 4

Socialism: It's been tried and failed

Joshua Freedman and Michael Lind claim to be seeking a new middle-income social contract, one that would call for progressive taxes and for the use of those taxes to create all sorts of universal programs to spread the gains as widely as possible and assure widespread support for those programs.

What about this middle-class social contract is new? It has been around for centuries and is called socialism. It's basically tax the rich and spread the wealth around. This approach has failed everywhere it has been tried. The Obama administration has been using socialism for over six years now. Changing the name doesn't dress it up or make it more desirable.

Steve Lawrence Weinman, Lutz

Health rules won't usher in beheadings Jan. 4, PolitiFact

Just ignore ludicrous claims

Why would you even dignify such an absurd claim with a refutation? The concept is so ludicrous, any reasonable person (and most unreasonable people) would find it laughable. Darrell Issa wouldn't touch this with a 10-foot pole. Anyone buying into such an insane idea would most likely believe that PolitiFact is merely advancing a liberal/socialist/communist agenda and burying the truth. I suggest you read the article again and ask yourself, "Did we really just do that?"

Jon Rosenfeld, Tampa

Trolling for news

Must be a slow news day when an Internet troll makes the front page. My IQ just dropped a few points; thanks, Times.

Fabian Flaque, Tampa

Sources of inspiration | Jan. 5

Use Seattle as a template

Seattle and Puget Sound are most like St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Pike Place Market there is the paradigm to study for a new pier here. While it doesn't have flashy attractions, it more than compensates with commerce and public transportation.

Located right on Puget Sound, there is a famous fish market, vegetable stands, coffee shops and restaurants to accommodate all tastes and budgets. A public ferry station is nearby that thousands of commuters and visitors experience, many squeezing in a visit to Pike Place Market before or after their boat trip. Everyday life and commerce are exciting and interesting; Seattle knows this and embraces it.

Why aren't we exploring the feasibility of resurrecting the Million Dollar Pier of yore? A similar atmosphere to Seattle's could emerge and thrive, especially when a public ferry station is integrated into the design.

Jeannie Cline, St. Petersburg

Keep it simple

This article offers many examples of what not to do in regard to the St. Petersburg pier.

The piers in other cities mostly offer commercial activities, adding nothing to the environment. They do not have to offer what St. Petersburg has, and that's Tampa Bay. The conversation is still mistakenly fixated on a man-made edifice. Despite what polls may say, the combination of an iconic structure, indoor dining with air conditioning and outdoor jogging, fishing, etc., is not a practical fit for the space.

The solution is much more simple: an open park and boardwalk. The city's best asset is open skies, waters and wildlife. The pier's function would best serve citizens by best serving the environment. A nature walk among mangroves may not create millions of dollars and draw tourists in droves, but it's exactly what the waterfront needs.

Joe Weinzettle, St. Petersburg

I-4, Selmon Expressway connector opens at last | Jan. 7

Information, please

The Times has published several articles in the past week or so expounding on the benefits of the new, $425 million I-4 to Selmon Expressway connector. Several of these articles have featured color photos of runners, a foggy view out of a car windshield, and similar low-value shots that frankly do little to inform the reader of the true value of this major infrastructure investment.

I suggest that you would do a greater service to your readership by including a map with entrance and exit locations, distances, etc. Doing so would encourage the use of this very welcome addition to the Tampa area transportation system.

Joe Griffin, Wimauma

The first family | Jan. 5

Valuable backstory

Kudos to Andrew Meacham for writing the backstory on Bill Young and his first family. This story shows that we must be very careful of who we, the public, promote to hero status.

Would Young be heralded today had the media reported on his adultery and birth of a child by his mistress? I think not. Did Young do much for the state of Florida? Yes, of course, and he had no problem inflating the country's debt in doing it.

No one is without personal issues, but the true character of a person is how he or she treats those around them, particularly their family. As for Beverly Young's account of the events, she does little to show Young or herself in a better light.

Ray Day, Spring Hill

Remember his service

It's simply not fair to publish the snipings of disgruntled family members when the subject of their discontent has recently been buried. Here's a tip for the Times to use in the future when looking for dirt on the dead: When a famous person's family says, "We are not looking for media attention or publicity," they don't mean it.

Even Ronald Reagan had embarrassing relatives who would occasionally steal a little press when they felt the need for undeserved limelight. Like Reagan, Bill Young should be remembered for his accomplishments that relate to the public's expectations of their elected officials. Unless he committed a crime against his former family or constituents, I really don't care how he lived his life 30 years ago.

Bill Young's congressional record is exemplary. His constituency is better off for having elected him, and I can't see how his divorce damaged Pinellas County.

David Fraser, Clearwater


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