We’ll be there
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