Friday, November 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Monday's letters: Follow science, protect health

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You'll get freedom, fast, just no health insurance | March 10, commentary

Follow science, protect health

This column contained a quote from new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: "You need to know that what your doctor is recommending for you is exactly what he or she believes is right for you based upon education and science, not based upon what Washington is telling them he or she must do." I'll agree with that.

This same argument should hold true for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has a lot to do with health and human services if you consider how pollution greatly affects health. Knowledge and science should be the foundation for Scott Pruitt's EPA decisions. He needs to turn to the many scientists who have researched environmental issues for decades. When the air, land and water are polluted, the health of every living creature is compromised.

I hope the current administration does not try to "redefine" health and tell us our health standards should be lowered to compensate for increased pollution.

Ray Dal Lago, Sun City Center

House Bill 19

Bill erodes women's rights

Since Gov. Rick Scott took office, the Florida Legislature has enacted several unnecessary restrictions designed to pressure and punish women and block access to abortion care.

A recent National Partnership for Women & Families study showed that most of the abortion restrictions introduced in the 2016 Legislature were based on lies. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the real reason for these frivolous restrictions is simply to limit access to abortion care and shame women.

HB 19, which needlessly exposes doctors who perform abortions to massive liability and baseless lawsuits, is making its way through the Legislature. HB 19 perpetuates the false claim that many women regret their abortions, despite no evidence to support this erroneous claim. Research shows that 95 percent of women don't regret their abortions.

These efforts to erode reproductive rights have a damaging effect on women's health. Florida politicians should leave private medical decisions to patients, their families and their doctors.

Judy Ramsey, Clearwater

Budget boosts defense | March 17

Mean-spirited cuts

My mother was a founder of Meals on Wheels in the greater East Brunswick, N.J., area. She delivered meals into her 90s. She was no fool. She knew how important not only were the meals but the contact she had with the recipients. She would often be the only one they would have spoken to or seen in days. She delivered in the snow, the rain and the heat of summer.

She knew Meals on Wheels does not only supply needed food but a human sustenance to life. President Donald Trump's intention to cut funding to this program shows a mean-spiritedness and a complete disregard for the needs of many of our U.S. citizens. Funds recouped from forgoing a few trips to Mar-a-Lago would probably be ample for funding this program.

Carol Mickett, St. Petersburg

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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...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

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

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

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17

Thursday’s letters: House bill not in patients’ best interests

Florida House Bill 81Bill not in patients’ best interestsFlorida legislators are considering a bill prohibiting hospitals and health plans from requiring board certified physicians to periodically demonstrate they are current with the latest advances...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/08/17

Saturday’s letters: Working to help veterans

October Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed school start times.Pinellas starts classes too earlyIn Pinellas County, the high school start time is 7:05 a.m. This is just plain wrong. There is good evidence that adolescents need eight to ni...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/10/17