Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy is
a stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11

Genshaft made USF a first choice

Tampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I must admit that a decade ago I was taken aback at her comparison of USF to Duke (research funding). However, as I have seen our metro area grow, and as an SAT/ACT tutor to many of our region’s rising high school juniors and seniors, I know that USF is increasingly becoming a top choice, rather than back-up school, for many of our area’s best students. I attribute much of USF’s increased rigor and reputation to her leadership. May she enjoy her well-deserved retirement.

Robert King, St. Petersburg

USF isn’t in South Florida

To USF President Judy Genshaft: Well done! But as USF starts on a new generation of leadership, I suggest one issue that should be addressed — the university’s name. The University of South Florida is not, in fact, in South Florida. As such, its national perception becomes muddled, and it is too often dismissed from major university conversations as merely a "directional school." Therefore, I suggest renaming — and an associated rebranding — as either the University of Tampa Bay (UTB) or University of Florida Tampa Bay (UFTB). Both reflect its actual location, and for those who might find the latter in particular to be unwieldy, I offer a counter argument: UCLA. Both names also recognize the multiple campus locations of the university.

Steve Allison, Temple Terrace

King of the sideshow
bows out at age 88 | Sept. 6

He was a world of wonder

This month’s death of sideshow legend Ward Hall also laid to rest one of the last examples from Florida’s golden age of roadside kitsch. Hall was a legendary showman, who worked his entire life running circus and carnival sideshows. He was the colorful carnival barker who would stir up the people’s curiosity to come in to the show and see the Alligator Lady, the Bearded Lady, the Human Block Head, etc. Hall ran the World of Wonders sideshow for decades, which was something I always looked forward to as a wide-eyed kid every year when the Florida State Fair came through, or when the show was set up in the area at a roadside carnival.

Later, when I found success in the music industry, I credited Hall’s passion for performance and production as my earliest and most profound inspiration. Hall taught the world to embrace the unique, to find beauty in everything. Florida kitsch has taken one of its last steps to becoming completely extinct. The golden age of Florida’s roadside attractions that dotted the state is now long gone, thanks to theme parks. The show will go on, but without Ward Hall, it will never be the same.

Mikee Plastik, Brandon

Audits clear taxes for ballot | Sept. 7

Young or old, the right thing

Why would an 81-year-old man vote for a school tax when he has no school-age family members? Why would an 81-year-old man vote for a transportation tax when he will probably be gone before he sees any benefit from such a tax? Answer: It is the right thing to do.

Dominick Vazzano, St. Petersburg


Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23Amendment 4 is a matter of reasonMy lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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
Updated: 09/24/18

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

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