Thursday, November 23, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office


Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10

Moore is not fit for public office

It is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons.

These include: racism, religious bigotry, homophobia, blatant disregard for the Constitution, being thrown off the bench for lawlessness (twice) and alleged illegal contact with minors, to name a few. Yet he can still be backed by many Republicans in government, so-called Christians and evangelicals (who apparently need to reread the Bible), and many in the public who say they don’t care and would vote for this repugnant man even if the accusations were true. This is sickening.

Bob Rushton, Land O’Lakes

Trump: Putin sincere | Nov. 12

Talk about gullible

So Russian President Vladimir Putin tells President Donald Trump in a five-second side meeting that he never, ever, cross his heart, did anything to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. And Trump goes on record saying he believes him! The president of the United States, leader of the Free World, believes what he is told by a man who was raised in Soviet Russia and is an adversary of America and its allies.

How long must we wait to stop this man?

Rick Ceaser, St. Petersburg

Bay area loses leader on transit | Nov. 10

The No. 1 drag on region

Your editorial lamenting HART CEO Katharine Eagan’s departure for greener transit pastures made salient points about our transit-starved region and the fundamentally misguided inertia that keeps it that way. I agree that too many view transit as a concession to the poor rather than a vital investment that benefits all of us.

Whether motivated by prejudice or just held back by provincial ignorance, the majority of our so-called leaders continue to show no inclination to prioritize transit over paving us to oblivion. The proposed expansion of Tampa’s urban interstate is not just an imminent danger to the fabric of our city; it is a primary obstacle to meaningful transit investment. Prioritizing new toll lanes is an opportunity cost that leaves little but lip service for transit. Don’t buy into the political hubris that we can do it all, including transit, with our meager funding. We can’t even avoid cutting back bus service. I’ve seen FDOT up close. I am convinced that their focus remains to pour ever-expanding concrete regardless of consequences. Their rebranding of TBX and studying of transit alternatives are merely appeasements to achieve that primary goal. We need our local leaders to wake up, bone up and assert control. Or we need new leaders.

Lack of transit is the No. 1 drag on our economic strength and livability. Continued growth without genuine transit urgency invites perpetual gridlock. The best and brightest people and companies won’t abide such misery. I love my city, but I empathize with Eagan’s wise decision to escape our dysfunction.

Andy Harris, Tampa

DMV orders 3 moms, kids: Wait outside
Nov. 11

Make accommodations

The treatment of moms and kids at the DMV being sent outside to wait for two hours is horrible. Two solutions come to mind. Have a special waiting area for them with some toys and books, or put them to the front of the line. Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the DMV might need more employees so that nobody has to wait two hours to conduct their business.

Joan Hoffacker, Largo

Farewell ferry, for now | Nov. 10

Find a way to bring it back

It’s a shame the ferry’s future is in doubt. Here’s a request to all involved: Find the money and make it happen. Common sense tells us this is a great idea. The rider support was there and it was gaining passengers by the week.

Outside of the daily commuters who used it to get to work or others who used it to visit the other downtown on weekends, maybe try reaching out to the Rays. It could help shuttle more Tampa people to and from the games. And maybe reach out to the Lightning to help more St. Petersburg people get to and from Bolts games.

Shane Bell, St. Petersburg

Latvala takes polygraph | Nov. 10

Not impressed

Jack Latvala passed a polygraph test administered to him by his legal team? Now let him take a polygraph exam administered to him by police and see how he does.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor

Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium requirements

I have attended every major-league ballpark and understand the rationale for a new ballpark in Tampa. The Ybor City location, though not ideal, might work with a couple of costly additions. First, there needs to be a retractable roof to deal with heat, humidity and thunderstorms. Second, there needs to be parking structures at the corners of the stadium (like Marlins Park) because there is no mass transit and nowhere to park. Third, attendance may be only marginally higher than the Trop, because mass transportation is mandatory for it to be a success. (The trolley doesn’t count.)

Many will have a difficult time attending because of the abysmal traffic situation. While I like the Straz, I refuse to drive there. Wake up, Tampa Bay, and deal with root causes rather than petty politics.

Tom Yacko, Palm Harbor

Bay area’s weakest link? Talent | Nov. 12

Give employees flexibility

Robert Trigaux reports that Tampa has a thin bench of workforce talent, which stunts economic growth. Florida allows companies to insert anti-competitive clauses in its employment agreements. California prohibits this. Smart people will not relocate to an area where their careers may be stunted by restrictive employment agreements. California has Silicon Valley. Tampa has nice weather.

Nicholas E. Karatinos, Tampa


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17