Sunday, September 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Friday’s letters: This is not the way democracy is supposed to work

White House fires back
at anonymous column | Sept. 6

It’s not the way democracy works

In the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times, the writer claims, "We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t." The trouble is, that’s not the democratic process. Putting aside the question of Russian tampering (which the party in power refuses to publicly recognize), the voters elected this administration. When the writer says, "steer the administration in the right direction," he is really saying, "stay in power so that we can get what we want, which we couldn’t get if we did what was right." They have, in other words, unlawfully seized power from the American people. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Rebecca Hendricks, Clearwater

What half of America knew

Both Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, and the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times expound on President Donald Trump’s incompetency and ineptness to be president. Half the population knew that the evening of Nov. 6, 2016.

But President Trump, late Wednesday afternoon, read from a list of accomplishments of his administration: unemployment down, jobs up, the tax cut, etc. Even President Trump should know that a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day.

David Lubin, Tampa

Why not Pence as president?

Republican leaders should band together to do all they can to push President Donald Trump to resign. Although it is highly unlikely that this egomaniac would acquiesce, the gains for Republicans would be significant. The conservative Republican agenda would be well-served by a President Mike Pence. Thus, conservative Republicans would lose nothing with Trump’s removal, but in Mike Pence they would gain an all-important moral compass.

Robin George Yates, St. Petersburg

The chaos president

It’s too bad that more voters didn’t take former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s warning to heart regarding Donald Trump: If you elect a chaos candidate, you will get a chaos president.

Sandra Palmer, Redington Shores

A slogan for Democrats

I have the perfect campaign slogan for the Democrats in the upcoming elections: "Make America Great Again!" Perfect, don’t you think, in light of what we have in America right now?

Jeff Radley, Lithia

Jordan ‘failed by the system’ | Sept. 6

Where to put the blame

Contrary to your front-page headline, this poor child was not failed by "the system." He was, like so many children today, failed first and foremost by his biological parents.

Because of so much reckless procreation, child welfare agencies have to engage in damage control and unfairly receive most of the blame. Reading the backgrounds of his mother and father, he was doomed from the day he was conceived, and they should be considered the real failures.

Joseph Brown, Tampa


Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18