Friday, June 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Where is concern for abuse victims?

We must confront domestic abuse

I am so disgusted and frustrated after reading the article about Commissioner Ted Schrader.

I have worked for nearly 30 years to bring a stop to domestic violence in our community and am appalled at the attitude of people who say this is a "private matter." Keeping it in the dark is what perpetuates domestic violence. That is why we at Sunrise have spent all these years talking about domestic violence, the red flags, and safety planning for victims. — to bring it into the light.

I read about how "shocked" people are about Mr. Schrader's arrest, but not a word of concern do I hear for the victim who showed signs of abuse. How many times have we seen articles in the news about the victims who didn't or couldn't reach out for help and were killed? Oh, yes, then there is outrage and concern for the victim. Thankfully, that did not happen, this time.

Frankly, I don't care about an abuser's pedigree. I care about the victims and so should all of us.

Penny Morrill, CEO Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, Dade City

Here's proof of human kindness

How many times have you placed an item on the roof of your car only to drive off with said item still on roof? That's exactly what happened to me recently and, of all things, it was my wallet. I wondered what that faint thud was as I turned past Wells Fargo bank.

The same morning I received a call from Edward L. of Veteran's Village saying he'd found my wallet lying on the ground on Little Road. Not only did Ed drive some distance to return my wallet (credit cards, license, etc., still inside) but he refused any reward; pointing upwards to where our true reward comes from.

Too many times we're left desperately disappointed by the world around us. In this small corner of the world, Edward L. proved that human kindness is alive and well. Thanks.

Chris Kirk, New Port Richey


Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18