1. Opinion

I love the Rays, and I’ve loved playing baseball ever since I was a girl

Here’s what readers had to say in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche (38) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche (38) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Oct. 9, 2019

As a girl, my love for baseball grew

The Tampa Bay Rays

I couldn’t be more thrilled for the Tampa Bay Rays. I do not live in Tampa Bay full time so I am not able to be a season ticket holder. I do have a condo nearby, but my permanent residence is in Ohio. If the Rays are playing in the Trop when I come to Florida, I will get there somehow. I learned to love baseball as a small girl growing up in Albuquerque, N.M. My father was stationed at Kirkland Air Force Base as a fighter pilot. We lived on the last street before the desert and the Sandia Mountains. Most of our neighbors were from Mexico, and the fathers played minor league baseball. Needless to say, every day was a baseball day on that street.

This is where my love of the game started. I was the only girl that they let play with them, and I loved it. My greatest joy came when one of the little Spanish-speaking boys rang our doorbell and asked for someone. My mother thought he wanted my older brother to get the game going — but, no, he asked for me. I was never prouder, and my mother got a big kick out of it. This love of the game is the love I see in the Rays. It’s in their eyes, their crack of the bat, the slap of the ball in their gloves. Rays up!

Terry Morgan, Pickerington, Ohio

A home, not just housing

Decade wait for public housing | Oct. 1

No family, no individual, should live in a car or be homeless because they can’t find an affordable place to live. Lower-income workers are squeezed by limited income, transportation challenges and few child-care options, hoping for a lucky break. That’s not acceptable. Several local nonprofits and government agencies work valiantly to address these needs. But the wait list grows. Let’s expect more of our local and state government leaders to address the red tape on builders who want to erect affordable places for people to live. People don’t aspire to “housing.” They aspire to a “home.”

Barbara Letvin, Trinity

Silence of the elephants

White House defiant to Dems | Oct. 9

President Donald Trump [EVAN VUCCI | AP]

I am a citizen who cares deeply about her country. If President Donald Trump did no wrong, why is he — in my view — obstructing justice? What does he have to hide? Every citizen should be asking these questions. All I am asking for is the truth, and Trump is doing everything he can to keep the truth from the American people. To my amazement, Republicans in Congress and members of Trump’s base have remained silent.

Gail Powell-Cope, Brandon

Skip the social media

Bipartisan Senate report calls for safeguard of 2020 election | Oct. 9

Recently there was a report about a survey showing a significant number of Americans suffering anxiety, depression and related mental upsets from watching national news broadcasts about election news and political conflict. Then a bipartisan U.S. Senate committee investigation revealed a Russian intelligence unit continues to attempt to manipulate our political elections by using social media to curate political news and conspiracy stories to further polarize voters. What are we to do? The easiest move is to read the news in the print media, which is less shrill — and avoid opinion commentary and social media altogether.

James Gillespie, St. Petersburg


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