August letter of the month
This month's winner is from a letter writer in Dover.
Nothing tops my letter to editor
I write fabulous letters. If you read all the letters I have written, you would agree. You would love them. Other letter writers are weak, soft and out of touch. I'm not like that, and I'm sure if you are reading this you aren't either.
This paper really needs great letters, and I am awesome at letter writing.
Other letter writers might attack me, but then they go away. They don't have what it takes to keep writing great letters. I have what it takes to write the best letters. Letter writers who disagree need to be punched in the face and run out of town.
I guarantee this letter will be picked as letter of the month. If it isn't picked, it will prove that this letter writing contest is rigged.
Terry Vaught, Dover
Buckhorn to travel to China for talks Sept. 1
The hypocrisy of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talking about pursuing trade with China is unbelievable. Didn't he recently declare he had no interest in a pursuing a Cuban consulate for Tampa until Cuba made significant changes?
I guess to Buckhorn, communism in China is not as bad as in Cuba. Is he trying to help small businesses in Tampa by trading with China, but doesn't want trade with Cuba, just a few hundred miles away from Tampa? That's not making any points with the Cuban-American citizens of Tampa — you know, those of us who have been in Tampa since before the revolution and our descendants.
Ana Golan, Tampa
FBI releases new details on Clinton inquiry Sept. 3
Justice system's credibility
I cannot fathom how Hillary Clinton has thus far escaped charges for her mishandling of classified information.
Los Alamos physicist Dr. Wen Ho Lee was placed in solitary confinement for months without even being able to see his family for similarly "extremely careless" but far less egregious mishandling of classified information (including inappropriate use of a thumb drive). Thus, to the FBI, a dubious and highly controversial politician who compromised our national security has more worth than a physicist who was actually working on improving it.
This political decision by the FBI to exonerate her of all obviously illegal actions without even a slap on the wrist destroys credibility and faith in our justice system.
Michael Pravica, Henderson, Nev.
Kaepernick takes a knee for anthem | Sept. 2
While I have a great deal of reverence and respect for the stars and stripes, I have a greater reverence and respect for the freedoms it embodies. So when the 49ers quarterback uses that freedom to bring attention to the racial suppression in America, I salute him for his courage.
I'm sure that while Donald Trump and his ilk, waving their flags, will demand that Colin Kaepernick be deported to "where he came from" for expressing his view, most Americans understand that this freedom is vital to our heritage.
James Donelon, South Pasadena
Tampa tries new pact on red-light cameras Sept. 3
It's all about the money
"It's all about safety!" That is how red-light cameras were sold to us (and I really do not think we were ever that gullible). And it is now, obviously, all about the income they generate.
Red-light cameras have been repeatedly discarded by other communities — St. Petersburg, Temple Terrace, Oldsmar, etc. They have been shown by numerous studies to increase the crash rate. However, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his city lawyers continue to find ways to "sweeten" the deal by working with American Traffic Solutions to guarantee the city its share of the honey pot.
In the meantime, Tampa residents continue suffering under a twisted form of "taxation without representation" — all to fill the city's coffers. So much for our rights as citizens to have a voice in how we are "taxed."
Deborah Bigness, Tampa
Valuable part of economy
Aside from the lack of caring and empathy shown by those who espouse deporting the 11 million undocumented migrant workers currently in this country, I wonder what those same folks will think when:
• There is no one available to mow their lawn, do landscaping in their yards, or put a new roof on their house (or build a new house).
• There is no one to take care of their hotel rooms or work in the restaurants when they go away on vacation.
• There is no one around to pick crops, so the grocery store produce sections are empty when they go shopping.
These are some of the essential or otherwise beneficial services that migrant workers provide every day and that we most likely take for granted. Do we really want to find out what our lives would be like without them?
Anne Burnham, Palm Harbor
Law and order
Obey police commands
Just a word of caution to citizens of this nation. I was taught early on that when an officer of the law gave me an order, I was to obey. Whatever happened to that type of behavior taught to children?
I am now in my late 70s and have never failed to obey that seldom-given order, but I am still alive and well. My children learned that law of the land and are also alive and well.
Take heed when an officer of the law gives you an order — obey it with a simple "Yes, sir." Works wonders.
Dottie Clark, Apollo Beach