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Pet therapy for Congress

Here’s what readers had to say in Monday’s letters to the editor.
Letters to the Editor Graphic [TARA MCCARTY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Letters to the Editor Graphic [TARA MCCARTY | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Nov. 8, 2019

Pet therapy for a nation at odds

Remember, we’re the United States | Letter, Oct. 31

I have a lot of left-wing progressive Facebook friends as well as right-wing conservative Facebook friends. We have a problem in our country; these people don’t talk to each other. Many have dropped the “other” from their Facebook page. However, according to my unscientific analysis of my Facebook page, the one thing that both groups have in common is their love of pictures and funny video clips of cute animals. So, I think that every session of Congress should start with videos of cute animals. I further suggest that it should be mandatory for our legislators to bring their pets (only cute ones) to all meetings. I think I solved the problem.

Martin Kleiner, Tampa

Common-sense solutions

Sundry news items | Oct. 30

Several items caught my eye in the Oct. 30 Times. State Sen. Linda Stewart’s bill to level the playing field between public and private schools is a no-brainer. If you accept state money, you should be under state requirements. Election security is still an issue? Enact a statewide intranet, a system with zero internet connections. The last item should fall under the “red flag” act. The owners of the 418 guns found in carry-on bags should be treated as dangerous to themselves and others. If these gun owners don’t know where their guns are how can they be allowed to carry?

Robert Spencer, Dunedin

Black lives, black deaths

Expect more lost graves in Tampa | Oct. 31

That Tampa is continuing to find African-American burial grounds under buildings and establishments is just further evidence that black lives have never mattered.

Yvonne Ortiz, St. Petersburg

A carbon tax to cut pollution

Climate change and sewers | Column, Oct. 30

Columnist Rob Young is correct. Addressing drinking water contamination caused by climate change is extremely important. His call for new revenue measures to address the problem means higher taxes. Those tax increases can be avoided, or minimized, if we stop climate change. The best way to stop climate change is to have Congress enact the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act introduced by Reps. Francis Rooney and Charlie Crist. It effectively cuts carbon dioxide emissions, which are causing the dramatic change in our climate.

Nicholas Doubleday, St. Petersburg

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