Thursday, July 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11

The new stadium will be gorgeous

I had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and married to a Tampa native who is a Day One Rays loyalist, I can say with certainty that bringing the Rays to Ybor will be an incredible opportunity for our city.

I’ve done my "growing up" here, and I’ve seen the city grow alongside me. Moving the Rays to Ybor will continue to build on the momentous development we are currently experiencing, while giving our families an opportunity to create memories and take pride in how Tampa has evolved over the years.

Personally, I love that my family and I will be able to hop on our bikes and ride down to the ballpark to enjoy the games and camaraderie together. I think it’s wonderful that the new field will be open to the public to enjoy during the off-season for yoga, dining, local events and even as a collaborative co-work space. This is more than just a stadium; this will be a way of life.

I encourage our residents to support this effort and rally behind our home team so we can continue to enjoy the Rays here in Tampa Bay for decades to come.

Erin C. Elser, Tampa

The writer is a member of the Rays 100.

Mayor gets funds for sculpture | July 7

The waterfront legacy

The St. Petersburg waterfront was protected from an industrial fate and over-development by the foresight of early visionaries over a century ago. Establishing the waterfront parks and preserving a more natural Tampa Bay vista made St. Petersburg what it is today. The massive, out-of-context scale and spirit of the Echelman art project doesn’t fit in on so many levels. Opposing this project isn’t living in the past — it is an affirmative action to preserve our waterfront’s natural beauty for generations to come.

We are the beneficiaries of this astounding legacy. Putting in some effort now to safeguard this legacy is a very small price to pay in reminding City Hall that stewardship, not special interests, is their duty in protecting the natural beauty that is the St. Petersburg waterfront and certainly Spa Beach at the epicenter of this proposed project.

William Dahl, St. Petersburg

The sculpture is brilliant

Bravo to Mayor Rick Kriseman and the private donors who have come together to bring Janet Echelman’s work to Spa Beach. This beautiful sculpture will win over all naysayers once it is installed. I wish that Tampa would also install a work of Echelman’s, but I will have to content myself with regular trips to Spa Beach.

Gabriel Chohaney, Tampa

Sure, fireworks are illegal. Who cares? | July 3

Crack down where it matters

We have a government that is tough on abortions, which are legal, as well as medical marijuana, which is also legal. Yet we have illegal fireworks being sold in stores and tents that flagrantly advertise the merchandise. And every year people are killed and maimed due to faulty fireworks. So why hasn’t our government shut down every store that sells the hazardous devices? It makes absolutely no sense that they already haven’t.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater


Thursday’s letters: Watch what Trump does ... and what he says

Trump sides with Putinover U.S.A. | Editorial, July 17Watch what he does — and what he says, tooAnyone who still takes issue with the allegation that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president need only look at his shameful and unpatri...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/17/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18