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Forcing Ybor City businesses to close early isn’t fair | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
 
A member of Moms Demand Action holds up a poster of Elijah Wilson, 14, and Harrison Boonstoppel, 20, during a vigil and march in their remembrance on Wednesday. Wilson and Boonstoppel were killed in a shooting in Ybor City early Sunday morning.
A member of Moms Demand Action holds up a poster of Elijah Wilson, 14, and Harrison Boonstoppel, 20, during a vigil and march in their remembrance on Wednesday. Wilson and Boonstoppel were killed in a shooting in Ybor City early Sunday morning. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Nov. 3

Ybor shooting

Tampa mayor supports juvenile curfew in Ybor following shooting | Nov. 2

The Ybor shooting was, of course, a tragedy. It would be hard to argue against an 11 p.m. or midnight curfew for those under 16 years old. But to close up businesses at 1 a.m.? The shooting took place outside, and nothing I read even indicated that the shooter had been drinking in an Ybor establishment. It was apparently an argument between two groups that had a score to settle. It could have happened at 2:30 in the morning, or 8 in the evening. Punishing Ybor businesses for something they had no control over just isn’t right.

David Lubin, Tampa

Count me in

Big premiums, big profits | Nov. 1

Florida already has the highest homeowner insurance premiums in the nation. Couple that with the new law enacted by the governor’s acolytes in the Legislature making it more difficult to sue insurance companies, and who wouldn’t want to get in on the ground floor and make a possible 165% return on investment over five years? The lawmakers enact the law, then they profit from the law? I’m in. Where do I sign up?

David Burg, Tampa

Peace in the Middle East

Gaza deaths reach 8,000 | Letters, Oct. 30

In a letter to the editor posted on Wednesday, a writer wonders how many Palestinians will be killed in the war in the Middle East. The answer is simple. If the Israelis lay down their weapons, they will be totally annihilated. If the Palestinians lay down their weapons, there would be peace.

Bruce Margolis, Lake Mary

Bad example

Bob Knight, Indiana’s combustible coaching giant, dies at age 83 | Nov. 1

An entire generation of coaches emulated a guy whose behavior was abhorrent. Bob Knight was a brilliant coach, but when every clip shows him acting like a maniac, something is wrong.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach

The Sunshine state?

Florida urges court to uphold executive privilege | Nov. 2

The Florida constitution calls for public access to all business conducted by the state and the elected officials with the exception of anything the legislature decides should not be public knowledge? At least that is how I interpreted what they are doing. So when it says, “Florida urges court to uphold executive privilege” who is Florida? The state Legislature? Nothing like giving the keys for the hen house to the fox. The Sunshine State is becoming overly hostile to releasing information that should be public information. What are they trying to hide from the public by being so secretive?

Dave Hinz, Clearwater