Here, there, everywhere
24 hostages part of the swap | Nov. 25
I’m as sympathetic as the next person to the dual tragedies occurring in the Middle East. The nonstop coverage, day and night, since Oct. 7 makes me feel like a military recruit, being included in every aspect of the struggles. Minute-by-minute reports of the devastation have almost completely pushed aside the fates of the stolen Ukrainian children by the Russians or the children separated from their parents at our southern border by our own government. There are implosions of civilization near and far.
L.J. Phillips, Brooksville
Answerable to us
Pity the writers | Letters, Nov. 26
I reply to a cynical letter in which the writer excoriates those who contact their elected officials. The writer calls these good citizens “delusional.” I have worked in a congressional office, and I have lobbied Tallahassee legislators. Believe me, they listen to the voters who elect them and who pay their salaries.
Wendy Grassi, St. Petersburg
A pleasure to read
The evidence suggests that Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy and I are cousins | Column, Nov. 28
Reading Calvin Trillin on the opinion pages of the Tampa Bay Times reminded me of the witty Chicago columnist Mike Royko and what a pleasure it was to read him. If the Times runs Trillin’s columns and other humorists regularly, I will quit complaining about the drivel from Peggy Noonan, Jonah Goldberg, Hugh Hewitt and the other conservative columnists spouting nonsense.
Rick France, Tampa
A personal choice?
Hefty price to cool Fla. prisons | Nov. 28
Think of it as a variation on an old saying: If you don’t like the heat, stay out of the prison. Going to prison is a personal choice. If you want to eat what you want and stay cool, don’t go to prison. Problem solved.
Bruce Campbell, Pinellas Park
Person of the decade
Taylor Swift is an epic American story | Column, Nov. 27
I don’t often agree with the opinions of Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, but this time she has my full support in her backing of Taylor Swift for the Time magazine person of the year. I am no “Swiftie,” but the girl is a phenom and should be the Time person of the decade.
David Burg, Tampa