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Why do businesses have to inundate us with scents? Something smells | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
Hotel guests can purchase scented candles at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin.
Hotel guests can purchase scented candles at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Sep. 24

What’s that smell? At Tampa’s airport, hotels, it’s not your imagination | Sept. 1

Too smelly

In response to the article about business using fragrances to sell products, many of us are over-sensed to the point of sickness arising from the array of scents in our everyday lives. This doesn’t have to do with not liking scents; it’s a matter of “life and breath,” as many fragrances contain top notes and chemicals that create breathing problems (asthma attacks in my case), coughing, migraines and headaches and taste disorders. Other than avoiding scents when and wherever possible, there’s nothing sufferers can do to alleviate this problem. While the article mentions that some businesses spend millions of dollars to pump in fragrances, there are many stores and restaurants that those of us who suffer with this problem avoid. People tend to go overboard putting on perfumes and colognes and don’t realize it. What’s wrong with just being and smelling clean and not contributing to air pollution?

Corinne Kallen, South Pasadena

Lack of sympathy | Letters, Sept. 23

Lazy argument

The letter writers repeats the latest false equivalence talking point pushed by our governor. In this case, sympathy for migrants escaping crisis in communist Venezuela is somehow linked to lack of sympathy for drug users who died from fentanyl. These shallow talking points have been pushed by the right for the last decade. In this case, the bleeding liberal leftists perceived penchant for sympathy is the target. A better argument might have focused on how should society work to meet the needs of both groups.

Susan King, Dunedin

As Israel-Palestinian truce holds, Gaza power plant restarts | Aug. 8

Power fight

As in other parts of the Middle East, Gaza’s 2.3 million people rely heavily on generators to electrify their area. Gaza’s only power plant was bombed in 2014, according to Associated Press, and “has never reached full capacity. Gaza only gets about half the power it needs from the plant and directly from Israel. Cutoffs (from Israel) can last up to 16 hours a day.”

Why is there so little electricity a day allowed in Gaza by Israel for so long?

Arthur Hebert, Largo

Just think “declassify” and it’s true, Trump says | September 23

Good thoughts

I like Donald Trump’s plan. I’m thinking I’m 6′3, 175 pounds and good looking. Did Trump say how long this will take?

Vince Piccolo, Largo

Flip the script

If Donald Trump’s defense stands that the classification of documents can be changed by the president on a whim, what does he say if President Joe Biden reclassifies all the documents that Trump took? After all, Biden’s the president.

Stephan Fugleberg, Tampa

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