They are all Americans | Editorial, July 16
Born in the USA, but told to go back
I was 6 when I was told by a parent of a white classmate to go back to where I came from. It was confusing because I was born in this country. Throughout my life, whether in school or playing sports, I can recall several instances where I was told to go back to Africa, usually followed by the N-word. If you ask any person of color, whether born here or not, most will tell you of similar experiences. As I got older, I came to realize these taunts came from small-minded bigoted individuals who put me down to make themselves feel superior and better about their lives. Sadly, I also can recall my teachers, coaches, clergy and friends who did not come to my defense and pretended the incident never happened. Racism and hate crimes are on the rise in America, and it is no coincidence. History has proven that silence is not golden, and this president has history with racism. Is this where we are with the GOP and this country?
Neil Armstrong, Tampa
Send 'em back to Washington
I hate to agree with anything POTUS says or tweets, but he was entirely correct when he said the Democratic congresswomen are from countries where the government is "the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world." Since they are American, I can only assume he was speaking of Washington.
Betty Bollinger, San Antonio
Why Trump was elected
The distinguished, esteemed former first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said half of Donald Trump's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables." Former high-ranking FBI official Peter Strzok claimed in a text he could "smell the Trump support" during a Walmart visit. And now the prestigious Tampa Bay Times claims in an editorial we are not "decent Americans" if we don't jump to the defense of four mouthy freshman congresswomen who hurl verbal firebombs at everyone who disagrees with them. They can't even get along with their own party leadership. And you wonder why President Donald Trump was elected and your readership continues to decline?
Ron Rooks, Tampa
What went unsaid
Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "A time comes when silence is betrayal."
Yolanda Roman, Gulfport
Imagine budget rises to $62M | July 16
A lot of money for this project
$62 million seems like an awful lot to spend on a band shell, library improvements and building a park in a space that is already grass or empty land.
Betsy Garfield, Clearwater
County eyes trash savings | July 16
Remember the taxes you fled
We welcome all who are moving here from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and Illinois. But please don't forget why you left. The last Hillsborough election brought us a new 1.5 percent sales tax, and with Democrats in the majority on the County Commission, we'll get higher stormwater fees and maybe only one trash pickup a week. Please break this habit.
Jack Wagenti, Lithia