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I don’t support Trump or impeachment

Here’s what readers had to say in Monday’s letters to the editor.
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI  |  AP]
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI | AP]
Published Dec. 15, 2019

Don’t like Trump or impeachment

The case for impeachment | Editorial, Dec. 15

Impeachment or no impeachment, it matters little to my decision for whom I will vote next November.

In fact, I decided earlier this year that I would not support President Donald Trump’s reelection after seeing the treatment of Latin American children and their parents.

My decision is validated over time as I see Trump and his followers at their political rallies, and all I see are white American faces in the background. Rarely are there any minorities represented in the crowd, and I am reminded of the old white prejudices of my younger days in my beloved South.

How can I vote for a candidate who is strongly recommended by the president of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin? How can I vote for a man for whom I have no respect at all?

I did not want Trump brought up for impeachment. My thoughts are that these proceedings only strengthen Trump in the eyes of his followers and mask the lack of real governing by the Trump administration of all the citizens of our republic.

To praise Trump for continuing a strong economy started by President Barack Obama’s terms in office — and not see how the threatened millions of Americans see themselves — is shortsighted. When so much of our population feels neglected by our government, then something is seriously wrong.

Roy G. Valdes, Tampa

All he wants for Christmas

A Christmas wish list

Rows of Christmas trees line the path near the ice rink at Enchant Christmas as Tropicana Field turns into a massive holiday winter wonderland. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]

For Christmas, here is what I want in my stocking.

1. A check from Mexico for $25 billion to pay for the wall promised by President Donald Trump.

2. 4, 5, or 6 percent Growth in GDP promised by Trump.

3. A middle-class tax cut promised by Trump.

4. Our national debt reduced as promised by Trump.

5. A major national health care plan better than the Affordable Care Act promised by Trump.

6. Farmers who are self-sufficient and not welfare recipients or political pawns.

7. Hungry children who can still have free lunch at school.

8. A Census that counts all the population.

9. Universal background checks for all firearms transactions.

10. Oh, and a big bag of red and green M&Ms.

Tony Leisner, Tarpon Springs

Tampa Bay’s climate change

Climate change coverage

Brickell Avenue in Miami was flooded after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

I want to thank the Tampa Bay Times for its ongoing focus on the impacts of climate change in Florida. As a 40-year resident of Pinellas County, I have seen the changes resulting from increasing global temperatures. Florida is in the bull’s eye for hurricanes on both coasts.

But hurricanes are only one of the challenges we face. Sea level rise, forest fires, drought and crop failures are just a few of the other issues.

Cities in our area have already begun grassroots-level actions to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It is time for government at the state and national levels to take the lead. Climate change is still inconvenient, but it is also still true.

Richard K. Hallmark, Largo

The writer is chair of the Climate Reality Project: Pinellas County, Florida Chapter.


  1. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis waves to members of the Florida Legislature during a joint session of lawmakers this week. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
    Here’s what readers are saying in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
  2. Presiding Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. [AP]
    Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
  3. Jomari DeLeon, is pictured at at Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy, Florida August 7, 2019. Jomari is three years into a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking. She sold 48 tablets of prescription tablets over two days to an undercover officer. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times]
    Women, Hispanics and residents from smaller counties are disproportionately serving long drug sentences that are no longer in place.
  4. Thousands of trees line the Hillsborough River near Wilderness park in Hillsborough County in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Many of Florida’s problems originate with that ‘motto,’ writes historian Gary Mormino.
  5. First meeting of U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King Jr. and their two wives — Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King — during Independence Day celebrations in Accra, Ghana, on March 6, 1957, on the tails of the end of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. It was the first trip to Africa of all of them. [Photo by Griff Davis on assignment as U.S. Foreign Service Officer by U.S. Information Service (USIS). Copyright and courtesy of Griffith J. Davis Photographs & Archives.]
    Griff Davis’ daughter recounts how the photographer and Foreign Service officer captured a famous photo of King and Richard Nixon.
  6. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speak at a summit held by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's Resiliency Coalition this month in St. Petersburg. [LANGSTON TAYLOR  |  Times staff]
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman should lead an effort for robust regional transit.
  7. Vehicle traffic is seen along Bayshore Boulevard at a crosswalk at South Dakota Avenue in Tampa. Several intersections have pedestrian-activated beacons.
    A bill would end the confusion and save lives by making crosswalk signals red.
  8. A scientist studies DNA. [] [File photo]
    A bill before the Legislature would properly ban life insurers and others from profiting off your genetic information.
  9. Paula Dockery of Lakeland served in the Florida Legislature for 16 years. [Paula Dockery]
    Providing affordable health care, fixing state prisons and spending more on the environment should be priorities, the columnist writes.
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