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The midterm elections are an important check and balance
Here’s what readers had to say in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
President Donald Trump walks away after talking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he prepares to board Marine One.
President Donald Trump walks away after talking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he prepares to board Marine One. [ SUSAN WALSH | AP ]
Published Sep. 30, 2019

Midterms matter to balance power

The impeachment inquiry

If the most recent news cycle has taught us anything, it is the importance of midterm elections. Had Democrats not regained control of the House, our system of checks and balances, designed to guard against tyranny by ensuring that no branch would grab too much power, would likely have been ignored. Despite evidence of an attempt to corrupt our electoral process with the aid of a foreign government by President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress continue to disregard their sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Saying they are “troubled” by the president’s actions is shamefully feeble. Selling out our democracy should never be characterized as just a feeling of uneasiness by Republicans or anyone else. It is betrayal, plain and simple, to all Americans.

Jim Paladino, Tampa

President Nancy Pelosi?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi [ NICK WAGNER | AP ]

The impeachment inquiry

What if the incumbent is turned out by the House and Senate, and the next-in-line has Ukrainian dirt on his hands and suffers the same fate? Will we see the GOP’s worst nightmare — President Nancy Pelosi?

Mortimer Brown, Lutz

A budget night at the Trop

Take me out to ballgame? Nah | Sept. 26

Most people are on a budget, including me. But I love our Tampa Ray Rays so I look for specials like senior days and $7.11 Friday night games. You can bring your own peanuts, water, even sandwiches and chips. Parking is cheap; pay $5 at the garage downtown, then jump on the Rays trolley directly to the Trop. It’s curb service. Be a creative Rays fan. They’re worth it.

Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg

An honorable young man

A large banner signed by friends, family and teammates is attached to the fence in honor of Jacquez Welch, the Northeast senior captain who collapsed during a game last week.
A large banner signed by friends, family and teammates is attached to the fence in honor of Jacquez Welch, the Northeast senior captain who collapsed during a game last week. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

500 lined hallways to honor his life | Sept. 29

What a tragedy to lose such a promising young man — and what an inspiration from his mother! Children are not raised in a vacuum. I’m watching the dignity and strength of the mother of Jacquez Welch demonstrate where his promise came from. During the very worst time of any mother’s life, Marcia Nelson has been an inspiration. God bless you, and God bless the son that you raised.

Carole Thompson, Zephyrhills

Make sure glass will break

An SUV is retrieved the waters off of the Howard Frankland bridge in Tampa.
An SUV is retrieved the waters off of the Howard Frankland bridge in Tampa. [ FHP ]

How fast can you escape from a sinking car? | Sept. 30

I grew up in St. Petersburg, and I drove across bridges almost every day. My father made sure to get me one of those portable window-breakers when I got my first car three years ago just in case my car went over the bridge, and I still have it in my glove compartment. However, I never really thought about the possibility of the breaker not working on newer types of glass in cars. I am going to make sure mine will break the glass of my newer car, and encourage my friends to do the same.

Ashley Ballestra, St. Petersburg

A bypass for electric windows

How fast can you escape from a sinking car? | Sept. 30

How about car manufacturers install a bypass switch to make electric windows easy to pull down? Also, most electric windows have the holes in the door frame to install a manual roll-down.

Paul Foulks, St. Petersburg