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Build it and we will come | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (5) celebrates becoming American League East Champions at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (5) celebrates becoming American League East Champions at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 25, 2021. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Oct. 6

We’ll be there

Ballpark saga turns to Ybor’s Kforce site | Oct. 5

The Rays are Tampa Bay’s team, and they need to stay here — for the entire season. Split the season between here and Montreal? No way! Build a 25,000-seat stadium conveniently located in Ybor City? Yes, absolutely! Tampa is a baseball town. A modern new park, centrally located in Tampa, will surely draw folks from further afield. My wife and I make this promise. We will become season ticketholders for the first time in our five years as Tampa residents.

Rick and Jan Sherin, Tampa

How I use Facebook

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp sites shut down in major internet outage | Oct. 5

Monday’s social media power outage got me wondering. Am I a Facebook addict? Perhaps. But, if so, I make no apologies. To be clear, I recognize all of the negative social effects of this platform, many of which were revealed in the most recent episode of 60 Minutes. In addition, I fully understand that Facebook is motivated as much about making a profit as promoting social good. Nevertheless, for people like me, who for a variety of legitimate reasons choose not to buy and use a smartphone as a primary method of communication, I depend on Facebook almost daily to keep in touch with friends, family and literally hundreds of former students. I rely on Facebook to chat with these people in real time.

Moreover, with the decline of newspaper readership, this platform allows me to share my op-eds and letters with a larger and more diverse audience. And, from a rhetorical perspective, social media is therapeutic, providing me with an effective tool for coping with and gaining insights into the sadness and tragedy of our nation’s current political environment; for more than 40 years my research has demonstrated that “rhetoric (writing/speaking) is a way of coming to know” — it allows us to be persuaded and acquire self-knowledge.

Richard Cherwitz, Austin, Texas

A disqualifying question

Anatomy of an attack | Sept. 29

As we prepare to vote on municipal, county, state and federal elections this year and next, one question should be asked of all candidates: “Do you unequivocally and categorically condemn the illegal Jan. 6 insurrection and attack against the U.S. Capitol?” If any candidate equivocates in answering this question, thus showing a lack of support for the rule of law and democracy, that candidate should not be supported and should not receive your vote.

Mark Brandt, Dunedin