The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt travels through San Diego Bay as seen from Shelter Island after leaving Naval Air Station North Island in 2020.
“Through America’s leadership, the international community has kept commerce moving around the globe and has held piracy and maritime lawlessness at bay.”
Here’s what readers are saying in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
Other low points of the week across Tampa Bay and Florida: Misguided abortion messages, an unneeded turf dispute and shortsighted on public health.
With a principal’s resignation, ‘David’ has been dragged into our weird, tiresome politics.


  1. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt travels through San Diego Bay as seen from Shelter Island after leaving Naval Air Station North Island in 2020.
  2. Pat Ton, holding his dog Ginger, takes in the damage to homes and businesses on Third Street at Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian struck in September.
  3. An Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun
  4. Michelangelo's "David."
  5. Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard resigned earlier this week.
  6. Fans tailgate and mingle ahead of a Bucs game against the Dallas Cowboys near Bucs Beach on Jan. 16 in Tampa.
  7. Guns on display at a gun store in Miami. Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow permitless carry of guns in public.
  8. Proposed legislation would make secret the travel records of Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown here in February, and other top state officials.
  9. A photograph taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman shows Florida and the gulf coast all the way west to Louisiana.
  10. Smoke and steam rise out of the stacks at Tampa Electric Company's Big Bend Station.
  11. Cartoon
  12. The Tampa runoff elections are April 25. Early voting starts April 17.
  13. Jimmy Carter with journalists Robert Scheer (middle) and Barry Golson in 1976.
  14. Former President Donald Trump arrives for an event at the Adler Theatre on March 13 in Davenport, Iowa.
  15. Bills have been filed in the Florida House and Senate that would open the way for widespread telemedicine for pets.
  16. Cartoon
  17. A state House bill calls for studying the dissolution of Hillsborough County's transit authority, shown here during a meeting March 6 in Tampa.
  18. A recent bill in the Florida Legislature would make it harder to sue insurance companies.
  19. St. Petersburg is struggling from a lack of affordable homes and up to 90,000 more residents are expected to move in over the next three decades.
  20. Welcome back! Did you miss them?
  21. Dead fish lie at the high tide line on Clearwater Beach on March 9. Pinellas County was among the coastal Southwest Florida counties reporting the presence of toxic red tide blooms earlier this month as the patchy wave of algae persists in the Gulf of Mexico.
  22. A letter writer writes that, "I have watched a profession I love lose bright, talented people because of low pay, low morale and constant degradation by elected officials."
  23. Cartoon
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