Other roads are more dangerous
Safety calls renewed | Jan. 12
I have lived within 10 houses of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for 35 years and have run thousands of miles beside it. I remember decades ago when most of it was a six-lane super highway with no grass medians. It is infinitely safer now. Despite literally hundreds of people on the promenade on a nice day, Bayshore is not considered a dangerous road. No amount of speed and lane tinkering can prevent casualties caused by recent deviant driver behavior. Kennedy and Dale Mabry really are dangerous to pedestrians, so should we close them down? Let’s preserve Tampa’s most beautiful and vibrant thoroughfare.
Rob Pariseau, Tampa
Columbus is a poor example
DeSantis sets his course | Jan. 15
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reference to Christopher Columbus in his State of the State address and his “discoveries” to seek new political frontiers was shocking. DeSantis must know there were humans living in Florida for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. Europeans brought diseases that wiped out many of the native people or took over their land. As Floridians, we can challenge ourselves to learn more about native people who continue to live in Florida and seek to build relationships with them based on truth, justice and shared respect.
Cecilia Yocum, Tampa
Try working a retail job
Teachers voice their frustration | Jan. 14
Reading about teachers who took the day off to rally in Tallahassee for increased pay and support, I thought back to a boss of mine in retail. I was complaining about the long hours, low pay and weekend work. He said, “Mr. Shimer, nobody is making you work here, and you are free to find another job.” Making $47,500 to start for nine months of work is pretty good in my book. Ask those who work in retail and couldn’t enjoy their holidays, like teachers can, because they had to work Thanksgiving Day, Christmas week and New Year’s. Yes, teachers are important, but two who are married could be making a combined six figures in their 20s. Many people would gladly trade with them.
Scott Shimer, Land O’ Lakes
First, just quit polluting
Signs of hope, challenges in seagrass recovery | Jan. 12
What a concept! Stop dumping bad things into the water, and things start to get better. Our cities ought to do a better job of treating and not spilling their sewage.
William Gamlin, Spring Hill
Prayer should be in private
It’s hard to refute the legal support offered by attorney Jesse Panuccio arguing for Christian schools exercising their right to pray over loudspeakers before football games involving two Christian high schools. As a believer in Christ, I agree that no legal mandate could prevent me from praying anywhere, any time.
Still, not insisting that all be forced to listen to prayer may be more God-like. As an ex-Catholic, I would not care to be forced to listen to a Hail Mary, for instance. Remember the Sermon on the Mount: “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Kenn Sidorewich, Oldsmar