Thursday, November 23, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: The Trumps' transparency

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Russian help welcomed | July 12

The Trumps' transparency

President Donald Trump's recent praise of his son, Donald Trump Jr., for his transparency was heartwarming. The basis for this well-earned recognition is Donald Jr.'s public release of the emails that confirmed a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where Russia offered to help the Trump campaign with information damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Of course, the release of the emails came just hours before the New York Times was set to release them anyway. Nonetheless, I can finally agree with the president on something. Donald Jr., like his father the president, is extremely transparent. As in, "easily seen through."

Eugene Kelly, Brooksville

Notching up wins July 14, commentary

Dubious claims

This column recounted the president laying out his successes in office. Among them he cited: a record stock market, low unemployment and success against ISIS. His inference was that his actions and policies have been responsible for these successes.

There has not, however, been any passing of tax reform or other measures to bring about such successes. They have taken place under the set of laws and policies that existed when he took office — the "disastrous" ones he inherited from President Barack Obama. The reality is that he is the beneficiary of the very policies he wants to dismantle.

Joseph Bloom, Dunedin

Rental car firms settle on tolls July 12

Toll problem remains

It is good to see that Pam Bondi's office addressed and settled the rental car companies' deceptive practice of hiding the true cost for toll transponders and toll fees. The settlement still does not address the fundamental problem: There is no way for people driving rental cars to pay their tolls without excessive fees. The advent of all-electronic tolling will only cause this problem to worsen.

Chris White, Tampa

Activists ruffle feathers at Chick-fil-A | July 14

Dig a little deeper

While I think this group got everything it wanted with this page-one Times story, I believe that while you have them on the hook (no pun intended) your ever-inquisitive reporters should do a follow-up.

What is this group's position on abortion? Do they only feel an obligation to protect chickens and fish?

You opened this can on worms by making the issue page-one news. Let's dig a little more.

Joseph Wynne, New Port Richey

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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