Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29

A courageous citizen’s act

On Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spoke up for the good of the community. When Delonda Walker, a manager at an Ybor City McDonald’s, walked up to a police officer inside the restaurant and handed over a gun, it led to the suspect in the Seminole Heights serial killings. The entire region was able to breathe again.

As the special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Tampa Bay office, I often stress the importance of "see something, say something." This serves as a reminder of what good can happen when you actually say something or do something. If not for the courage of Delonda Walker to stand up and reach out to that officer, the community of Seminole Heights would still be held hostage.

There was much speculation of whether reward money would be given following last week’s arrest. I can tell you that there was no hesitation from me or the FDLE. If not for Delonda Walker, a suspect in the killings would have continued to evade capture and potentially caused more terror to the citizens of Florida.

Tom Foy, special agent in charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa

Intemperate comments

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is spending too much time reading Trumpisms. Hopefully his comments — "Bring me his head" and "If guilty, put him to death" — will not prejudice the jury pool, causing legal problems.

Ed Cadden, St. Petersburg

Trump shares anti-Muslim clips | Nov. 30

Truth losing all meaning

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended President Donald Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos using a line of reasoning that is at the very least disturbing. She said, "Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real."

Unfortunately, this pretty much sums up the administration’s view of the world and its grasp of reality. Whatever the president thinks and believes is fact, without regard to truth or even common sense. The threat is real, just not the one Sanders was referring to.

Dan Greene, Weeki Wachee

Student sues over Title IX rights | Dec. 1

Turn case over to police

While reading this article I had to wonder why law enforcement wasn’t involved. It appears that a serious crime, a felony, was committed and yet it was handled administratively. This sort of proceeding protects neither the accused nor the accuser. It’s time either to stop the kangaroo courts and employ the justice system or to sit down and shut up. Stop playing games.

John Weiss, Spring Hill


Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

A preservation problem | Nov. 25, editorialApplication process needs fixingThere is a reason why smaller rather than larger groups of property owners are getting together to seek historic district designation: It is St. Petersburg’s application p...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17