My relatives didn’t fight for Tommy Tuberville’s idiocy | Letters
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U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville.
U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville. [ JOE SONGER | JSONGER | ]
Published Dec. 3, 2023

Not why they fought

November letter of the month

Editor’s note: The letter of the month reacted to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s blockade on military nominees.

My uncle, Robert Ostrander, earned a Purple Heart during World War II when he lost a leg while serving as the rear gunner in an armored car that took a direct hit in Germany. My uncle, Harry Cleveland, won a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in World War II while serving on Okinawa when he crawled up a hill and took out a Japanese machine gun that was killing members of his infantry platoon. My father slogged his way through months of combat in the Philippine jungles and then on the slopes of Okinawa. My family is not unique in those facts. Other families share the same history. What I do know is neither my uncles nor my dad put their lives on the line so that decades later Sen. Tommy Tuberville, an Alabama Republican who, in my mind, was a second-rate football coach with a third-rate mind, could potentially damage U.S. security by objecting to military promotions to score unrelated political points. This not only disrupts American military families, but it must also please the dictators of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, who I am sure are among the gang of world leaders enjoying the senator’s ignorant political stunt.

Ronald Vierling, Odessa

I feel her loss

40 hours of bereavement for my dad | Perspective, Nov. 26

The joyful photo of columnist Stephanie Hayes and her father, Bill, at her 2017 wedding conveyed the “a picture is worth a thousand words” essence of her story. She shared her heartfelt and touching story of their relationship, her loss, and her moving forward with her life. Her vast and deep sharing of her father, her relationship with her father, and also dealing with her father’s funeral and her life after the funeral is one story that all families who have not experienced the close death of a parent must read. Having lost my mother in October and my father in November, I can attest that Stephanie’s story will be priceless in helping all families in their difficult moments of need!

Dale Kimball, Wesley Chapel

Thanks for sharing

40 hours of bereavement for my dad | Perspective, Nov. 26

As a longtime Tampa Bay Times reader, I have enjoyed reading many wonderful columnists, including Daniel Ruth, Bill Maxwell, Carl Hiaasen, Robyn Blumner, Roy Peter Clark — and now Stephanie Hayes. All of these very talented writers have a knack for being able to put my thoughts and feelings down on paper in a manner that sometimes make me laugh, and at other times makes me cry. As someone that also recently lost a father, she made me both laugh and cry as I read her many thoughts and emotions regarding her recent loss. Thank you, Tampa Bay Times, for continuing the very high standards that we readers are privileged to be able to call our hometown newspaper. And thank you, Stephanie, for helping me through my bereavement, and may you know that you are not alone. Your dad seemed like a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing.

Del “Scotty” Scott, Largo

Politicians do listen

Pity the writers | Letters, Nov. 26

A letter writer asserts that those who contacted their government representatives and expected change for the good were “delusional.” And as cynical as I am, I too expect nothing from my individual correspondence demanding action from my member of Congress. But I also know that congresspeople study the correspondence coming into them. It’s a wealth of information: Is the person writing a contributor? Is the person a registered voter? Is this person a celebrity? Is this person wealthy? Did they graduate from high school? College? Grad school? Democrat? Republican? You get the idea. And when all this data is digested and results are presented, I’m willing to bet that if a very high percentage of every correspondence demanded “immigration reform” (my particular agenda), that the representative would be advised to consider such legislation. So I believe in the dream to have positive change, and that I might play a very, very small, but important part in forcing it to happen.

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E. Seward, Odessa

My sister, the mechanic

Girls drift toward automotive academy | Nov. 22

In 1978-79, my sister Danielle was the lone girl in automotive mechanics at Dixie M. Hollins High School. It was 28 guys and her. It took her a while to find her way, but she learned how to hold her own. So, 45 years later, how wonderful more young women are choosing the Northeast High Automotive Academy and that the story was on the front page of the local section. She would want all those young women to persevere and find their way.

Deanna Moody Bishop, St. Petersburg