Here’s what readers are saying in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Do we finally grasp that in the face of a clear and present danger, one must report it with the gravity it demands? We can only hope.


  1. U.S. deputy marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, La., in November 1960.  The first-grader was the only Black child enrolled in the school, where parents of white students boycotted the court-ordered integration law and took their children out of school.
  2. U.S. Constitution with stars on blue field background.
  3. The St. Petersburg College downtown campus. The college is in a partnership to expand its staff to create a “concierge” service for employers, working with local business partners, including BayCare and Lockheed Martin, to determine what jobs the businesses need to fill, preparing students for those jobs and then guiding students and alumni through the process of landing jobs or getting promotions.
  4. A letter writer notes that the White House is a C-suite of its own.
  5. Tampa CIty Council member Orlando Gudes rises during an angry exchange with council chairperson Joseph Citro last month.
  6. Peter Kageyama writes that "when we love something, we are protective of it and we expect only the best for it. That is the ultimate challenge for the Trop site — to do something beyond technical excellence, beyond aesthetic beauty, beyond greatness, to do something worthy of that which we love."
  7. This federal appeals court ruling has halted an independent review of documents seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida estate.
  8. Former police Chief Mary O'Connor did not alert Tampa Mayor Jane Castor of the golf cart incident for 18 days, after Creative Loafing had requested the footage.
  9. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives a speech during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Nov. 25 in St. Petersburg.
  10. The Florida Supreme Court building.
  11. "Auburn, Colored China Rags," by Juana Valdés, hangs on the wall at Espacio 23 Cuban art show called "You Know Who You Are" last month in Miami. The rags are made from bone china porcelain, a material typically associated with the wealthy. However, this work hints on how people of all different skin tones and all types of individuals are involved with the material — whether they're eating from it or serving it, said one of the curators.
  12. Flowers are placed by a tree outside a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart on Nov. 23, 2022, where a mass shooting took place the night before.
  13. A line of golf carts is parked next to the busy Sumter Landing Town Square in The Villages.
  14. Neo-Nazis, alt-Right and white supremacists march the night before the "Unite the Right" rally, on Aug. 11, 2017, through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
  15. Protesters hold up blank papers and chant slogans as they march in protest in Beijing on Nov. 27. In a society where everything is closely monitored and censored, the white paper is a silent protest against users not being allowed to speak.
  16. Money is power, and money is protection.
  17. U.S players celebrate after the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.
  18. A screenshot from video recorded by a Pinellas deputy's body camera on Nov. 12 shows Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor and her husband, Keith, during a traffic stop.  O'Connor identified herself as chief, pulled out her badge and asked the deputy to "just let us go" when told they'd been pulled over for not having a tag on the golf cart while he was driving on a public road.
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