Time for fair and smart bail reform | Editorial, June 22
Bail policy cost is not real issue
I don't understand why liberals are so focused on saving taxpayer money when it comes to things like incarceration. They don't really mean it. Making the argument that we should reform the bail system because it costs more to hold them in jail is a pointless argument. When people commit minor offenses, we have to ask better questions. Why do they do it and how can we help them not do it again? Incarceration should be a last resort, not an every day thing. The United States has the largest per capita prisoner population in the world. We have to ask are we doing what is best for the people.
We abandoned the emphasis on mental health in the 1970s because of what? The cost and the abuses. Instead of fixing the problem, we moved it to the jails. The jails are full of people needing mental health care. Our streets are full of homeless people who need help. Let's encourage politicians, churches, service clubs and everyday people to provide mental health services to the people who need it, regardless of the cost, because it the right thing to do for the person.
Tom Mavor, Land O' Lakes
National Health Service could fill health care gaps | Column, June 22
Strong case for care for all
Dr. Walter G. Bradley makes an excellent case by suggesting the U.S. National Health Service could be this nation's solution to universal health care. I remain an advocate for Medicare for All. Whatever policy finally solves this long overdo need, unless there are serious universal efforts to control pharmacy and health care costs, no model will work.
It is also important to resolve the issues of referrals when a patient needs specialty care or hospitalization. The uninsured who have access through free clinics face great difficulty when such referrals are necessary.
Marc Yacht, Hudson
Split season or new park | June 22
Keep an open mind on Rays
Residents must require that our business and political leaders demonstrate an openness to explore new and exciting options to survive now and into future. Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long recognized that open adult discussions might yield a win-win solution on the Rays stadium issue.
We have 55-inch televisions or cellphones or iPads to enjoy baseball while avoiding long drives over our bridges to face $15 parking and $7 beer at the Trop. There are too many games for small market teams like the Rays to support locally. Games are too long and expensive for youngsters, and we live in an area rich in outdoor fun and other cheap things to do.
The Rays also own the Tampa Bay Rowdies and control the lease for Al Lang Stadium. Using an enhanced Al Lang could create an exciting Rays location while helping the Rowdies join Major League Soccer under the split-home concept with Montreal.
It is time for politicians and business leaders to use open minds and think outside the box. Being right but losing the team makes no sense.
Charlie Guy, St. Petersburg
Time to get off the couch
Why don't all these loyal fans do their weeping and gnashing of teeth at the Trop instead of on their couches watching the games on TV?
Tomas Negron, San Antonio