1. Opinion

Let’s be informed and aware as citizens and voters

Here’s what readers had to say in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow) [Associated Press]
President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci); Transcript of Trump conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow) [Associated Press]
Published Dec. 4, 2019

Be informed and think for yourself

Conspiracy theories steal spotlight, waste our resources | Column, Dec. 4

The past few years have been a continual exercise in futility for me. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time correcting or corroborating news stories within my circle of family and friends.

It has reached a point where I am completely frustrated with most people’s lack of information and understanding of current news and its impact on our lives.

At first I shrugged it off with a laugh and a reference to the “dumbing down of America.” But, I have come to realize there is nothing humorous in the situation. They seem to take headlines on Facebook posts and pontifications from questionable spokespeople as gospel truth.

These same people refuse to take 30 minutes to check out news stories through reputable sources (for example, print and broadcast media, etc.), but will spend that same amount of time taking a survey to find out if they have the characteristics of leopards or monkeys.

Quite simply, if we are to stay abreast of the daily happenings that will affect our lives we must continue to investigate the veracity of what we are hearing and reading. The only way that can be accomplished is to check these events through sources that are known to report in an honest and open manner.

Watch more than one news channel on television, subscribe to and read the daily Tampa Bay Times, subscribe to and read national news magazines, and make an informed decision on what is truth and what is faux news.

We are a nation that is in crisis. If we hope to save our democratic way of life, we must be informed and aware.

Patricia Lee-Lucardie, Tampa

Donate hurricane supplies

Whew! Hurricane season is over | Nov. 30

A dog emerges from beneath a boat lodged in the backyard of a home in High Rock, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, after Hurricane Dorian. [CHRIS DAY | AP]

While I was assessing which hurricane/emergency supplies to leave together in their containers, I realized that the non-perishable food items, which we’re told to replace every six months anyway, are perfect for donating to the fine Tampa Bay-area groups that offer food to the needy.

The end of hurricane season coincides with the coming of the holidays when folks often need help most. Maybe we can all remember to donate to Metropolitan Ministries( collection tent is on Rome Avenue in Tampa this year), Catholic Charities and other groups distributing food to the hungry.

Esther Rupp, Seffner

Thankful for these letters

Thanksgiving letters | Nov. 28

“Reflecting on the stages of life” by letter writer Tim Bryce and “Identify what matters to you” by letter writer Charles Gonzalez were so very appropriate for this day of thanks. I thank the two gentlemen for sharing their thoughts with the Tampa Bay community via the Tampa Bay Times. God bless you.

Jeanette Haug, Wimauma

Can’t quite place it

Trump doesn’t know prince he met in June | Dec. 4

At the rate he’s going, President Donald Trump will soon be saying, “The United States? I really don’t know the country that well.”

Robert Parissi, Tampa


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