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On a scooter or with a gun, the burden of responsibility | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
A memorial is pictured at the intersection of 18th Avenue N and 66th Street N in St. Petersburg, where Alvera B. Minutello, 77, was pedaling westbound on her bicycle, against traffic, when she was hit by a driver on an electric scooter going eastbound. Minutello was injured and later died.
A memorial is pictured at the intersection of 18th Avenue N and 66th Street N in St. Petersburg, where Alvera B. Minutello, 77, was pedaling westbound on her bicycle, against traffic, when she was hit by a driver on an electric scooter going eastbound. Minutello was injured and later died. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Nov. 17
Updated Nov. 18

Who’s at fault?

A tragedy of timing | Nov. 16

I am baffled that a young man riding his electric scooter apparently obeying the laws of traffic is charged with manslaughter in the tragic death of Alvera Minutello, who was riding her bicycle against traffic, which is illegal. As tragic as this was, does she bear no responsibility in this accident? I am as equally baffled by the Associated Press story printed on the same date (”Prosecutor: Rittenhouse provoked bloodshed”) regarding Kyle Rittenhouse, who at 17 acquired a semi-automatic rifle (which could be illegal at that age) and killed two people and maimed a third. Rittenhouse carries the responsibility of his actions carried out whilst breaking the law. Aren’t we all responsible for our actions, even — or especially — if it ends in tragedy?

Deanna Corarito, Odessa

Roadwork ahead

Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure bill | Nov. 16

There isn’t a community in America that doesn’t have some glaring infrastructure problem requiring immediate attention. For years, Americans were promised that an infrastructure bill was coming. Today, that bill is finally here. Thank you, President Joe Biden.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach

The snowbirds

A place to play | Letters, Nov. 14

Discussion about the possible, Montreal/Tampa Bay, baseball split-season concerns a new team name. The Montampa Snowbirds seems to me to be a winner for a team that flies south for the winter and north for the summer.

Kenneth Jezek, Tierra Verde

Government control

Mask, vaccine choices in play | Nov. 16

I am confused. Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted a special legislative session to pass a law against the (federal ) government telling larger companies that they have to mandate their employees to get COVID-19 shots because he doesn’t think they should be allowed to do that. So if he is against government telling companies what to do, then why is his (state) government trying to tell companies that they can’t mandate employees to get shots? Isn’t he trying to do the same thing?

Rick Cortese, Tampa

Wide awake

I’m happy to be wide awake and ‘woke,’ folks | Letters, Nov. 15

This letter writer is happy to be “woke” but is apparently not awakened enough to the fact that the Biden Administration is a total disaster.

John Spengler, Spring Hill