Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Air Canada showed right way to handle overbooking

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New flight risks | April 13, Daniel Ruth column

How to handle a passenger issue

The fiasco of bodily ejecting a passenger out of his paid-for seat was atrocious. Was there a better way?

I was on board an Air Canada plane about to leave Toronto for New York when a flight attendant announced the flight was overbooked by four seats. She offered $100 each if four passengers gave up their seats for later flight. A few seconds later, she came back on the PA with a bit of laughter in her voice, saying that with no takers she'd up the ante to $200. Again no takers.

After getting to the $800 level and still no takers, she announced that she would also include an evening at an upscale New York hotel. From the back of the plane a loud voice answered with one word, "Done." A mom and dad and two kids promptly got their carry-on luggage out of the overhead, and as they exited the plane a round of applause broke out from the rest of the passengers.

David Foote, Dunedin

Airline captain's role

I am a retired airline pilot. Some years ago on one of my flights, a passenger was told to get off but refused the order from the gate agent and was causing a lot of problems. I left the cockpit, walked back to the passenger and said, "Either you get off of my plane or I am, because I'm not flying this plane with you on it, and I bet you don't know how to fly this aircraft." He reluctantly got up and left.

When you are the captain, there are times you have to take charge. I wonder how the incident in Chicago would have played out if the captain had stepped in.

Charles Miller, St. Petersburg

President Trump

Plenty of policy reversals

What did Donald Trump voters vote for? Obsolete NATO? No longer. China a currency manipulator? No longer. Phony jobs numbers? Not phony. Mexico to pay for the wall? Asking Congress for the money. Ban Muslims? Unconstitutional. Repeal Obamacare? Guess not. Drain the swamp? His own and his Cabinet secretaries' conflicts of interest are the swamp. Vladimir Putin a great leader? This list could go on and on.

Paul Carder, St. Petersburg

World crises

Living in tense times

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un: three egocentric heads of state who hover on the fringes of reality, each with the power to initiate a sequence that could culminate in annihilation. What could possibly go wrong?

Dave Helper, Tierra Verde

Scientology's big pitch for downtown | April 13

Say no to Scientology

Under no circumstances should a religious organization be the primary land holder in a city. The lack of transparent and detailed information available to the general public about this offer/deal should concern every Clearwater resident. The art gallery owner quoted in the story is proposing the equivalent of putting the fox in charge of the hen house. One of the contributing, if not the primary, factors in the decline of downtown Clearwater has been the ubiquitous presence of Scientology.

Jim Ahearn, Clearwater

Comments

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: 11/21/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

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

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt 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...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17