1. Letters to the Editor

Monday's letters: Chances of independent inquiry are slim

Published May 12, 2017

Impartial inquiry into Russia vital May 11, editorial

Chances are slim to none

The Times says, "Trump's firing of Comey reaffirms need for special prosecutor." Absolutely true.

The attorney general normally appoints an independent special counsel, but he has disqualified himself from any involvement in the investigation into Russia's role in the election. The deputy attorney general could, but he is not about to appoint someone to a position that Trump says is unnecessary.

Congress could pass a law to get a special prosecutor appointed (it did in 1978, but the law expired in 1999). Even in the unlikely event that this Republican Congress passed it, an impossible two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate would be required to override Trump's veto.

So, an independent special prosecutor will be appointed if and only if Trump changes his mind and decides we need one. What do you think are the chances?

Vic Presutti, Dayton

Trump puts gulf drilling protections at risk | May 7, editorial

Protect our beaches from oil drilling

Unlike Texas and Louisiana, whose economies are married to the oil and gas industries, Florida's economy is largely dependent on tourism. An estimated 112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016 and spent an estimated $109 billion. Some 1.4 million jobs are tied to tourism, which is largely dependent on our world-class beaches.

Florida has only just begun to recover from the economic and environmental disaster that was the BP oil spill. How could anyone who cares about our long-term economic well-being, anyone who loves this state, consider drilling off our beaches?

As Reubin Askew, Florida's governor from 1971-79, understood, "Ecological destruction in Florida is nothing less than economic suicide."

Linda Demler, St. Petersburg

Well runs dry for stadiums | May 11

Tallahassee grabs power from citizens

It is disturbing to read this coming out of Tallahassee: "Not only is the Legislature opposed to using state money for stadiums and arenas, but lawmakers also are increasingly hostile to using any type of public support — even if local taxpayers agree to it."

This is another glaring example of big brother deciding what is best for us poor, stupid taxpayers. How could we ever survive without them? Disgusting.

Gina Massari, Tampa


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