Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15

Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Just 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 recent Honor Flight on 9/11, composed of veterans of our wars, I was privileged to visit the many monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital. That trip alone was inspiring and memorable. However, our return was really the icing on the cake. We were met in the late evening at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport by literally hundreds of cheering people of all ages, races and religions, in unison, thanking us for our service. My faith in humanity has been restored. There is still hope for the United States.

Joe Birnbaum, Sun City Center

Flying high | Sept. 17

Quarterback is a good guy

I am a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. I was born just north in Dade City and was taught at an early age that the teams that you cheer for are your hometown teams. I was with them during the Ray Perkins days, the Sam Wyche era, that amazing Super Bowl team, and all the rest since then. However, in 2015 when Jameis Winston was drafted, I lost all interest in the Bucs. Don’t get me wrong, He is an incredible athlete and a good quarterback, but I truly believe that he does not represent Tampa Bay well.

Enter Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’s a good guy who has a solid reputation of being, well, a good guy. And then he plays the best games of his career all the while acting like the leader that the Bucs deserve. This is the first time since the 2014 season that I’ve been excited about Buccaneer football. Can’t we just roll with this? I don’t think I’m alone in feeling the way that I do. Winston has been an embarrassment for Tampa, and the groping incident is just another example of why he doesn’t deserve our respect. Fitzpatrick has shown that he deserves our respect and should be given a chance to make the most of this opportunity.

James Gamble, Tampa

The link between you, your doctor is changing | Sept. 17

Keep urgent care clinics open

I would love to see a study on when the biggest use of emergency rooms occurs and what percentage of those vists could be handled by an urgent care clinic. Redirecting people to urgent care clinics is a fantastic cost-saving option — when they are open. Most local urgent care clinics close by 8 or 9 p.m. People spike high fevers, get sick or injured around the clock. What if every community had at least one 24-hour urgent care clinic that most insurances accepted? I’m certain many more insured people would opt for a late-night urgent care clinic over an unnecessary high-dollar emergency room visit whenever possible. Accessible around-the-clock urgent care clinics seem to be the missing link in all of these plans.

Marci Moore, St. Petersburg

The Left/Right Files | Sept. 17

How to meet the neighbors

This is an interesting excerpt from “The Loneliness of the Anonymous Neighbor” by Casey Chalk in the American Conservative. Want to get to know your neighbors? Get a dog and walk it at random times once or twice daily. (Don’t forget a bag or two.) You’ll get a chance to meet them each time you do. You’ll find out some are elusive or evasive, but if greeted, most are just normal people going about their day. And some might just become friends.

Steve Geiger, St. Petersburg


Wednesday’s letters: Amendment 11 could save inmates from old, unduly harsh sentences

No on all of the other amendments | Editorial, Oct. 1Amendment 11 rights a wrongI fear that the Times editorial board recommendation to vote no on Amendment 11 missed the significance and value of the proposal. Voters are asked to modify the ȁ...
Published: 10/16/18

Tuesday’s letters: Natural gas is not a good replacement for coal

Opposition to natural gas shortsighted | Editorial, Oct. 13Natural gas is no better than coalAccording to the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, carbon emissions must decline to about 45 percent of 2010 levels over...
Published: 10/15/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Oct. 19

Writer: Trapping and releaseing feral cats not the answer
Published: 10/15/18

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Friday’s letters: Sexual assault victims are focused on surviving, not taking notes

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Published: 10/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Admit the fact of climate change so you can fix it

Climate alliance | Oct. 9 Admit the problem before you can fix itThe day after the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of a climate catastrophe if unprecedented action is not taken to limit greenhouse ga...
Published: 10/10/18

Wednesday letters: Why the Humane Society of Tampa Bay supports Amendment 13 to phase out greyhound racing

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Published: 10/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Trump respects the justice system more than people think

Trump hails cops in Orlando | The Buzz, Oct. 8Trump is patientPresident Donald Trump continues to act with greater patience and respect for the justice system than he is given credit for. When accusations arose about Deputy Attorney General Rod R...
Published: 10/08/18