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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
Letters To The Editor

System failed us

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System failed us In order to stop the gun violence in this country we need to make everyone aware of Florida’s Baker Act and similar laws in other states. Aggressive action needs to be taken to ensure that the mentally ill receive the necessary treatment.

Reference the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (commonly known as the “Baker Act”). Florida Statute 394.451 (2009 revised) allows for involuntary examination of an individual. It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians or mental health professionals.

There must be evidence that the person has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act) and is a harm to himself or others, or is “self-neglectful.”

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people and injured 70 that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public. Unfortunately, the system failed us, and a lack of gun control was not the problem.

Following is a quote from Adolph Hitler in 1935: “For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.”

We all know what happened in Nazi Germany.

Chuck Graham

Pinellas Park

Thanks, Doc A big thanks to “Doc Ford” for making us local fishing types aware of the unethical method of tarpon fishing that has been going on for so long in Boca Grande Pass (“Fishing’s Dirty Little Secret,” Views, April 14).

I have to say I’m a tad bit shocked but not surprised that someone figured a way to “illegally” catch these fish for profit. I totally agree this species should be designated “catch and release” only, thus avoiding the unnecessary death of such an amazing fish.

I will be contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prior to its Wednesday vote to let it know how this Florida fisherman feels about the issue. If you’re a responsible fisherman, I hope you would consider doing the same.

Rand Baldwin

Lakeland

Tough to watch I get far more pleasure from sitting in the nosebleed seats at the Forum watching the hard-working Lightning players than sitting in the comfort of my easy chair watching the offense-anemic Rays on TV. No sense driving 25 miles to Tropicana Field to suffer.

Despite the energy expended, I have never seen a hockey player suffer a hamstring injury from merely skating. How come baseball players don’t arrive at spring training physically conditioned to perform for the season? They certainly make sufficient money to provide the time for daily workouts.

Spring training might be devoted to grooving the swing and hitting the catcher’s mitt rather than treating and babying sore and pulled muscles.

Watching overpaid and overindulged baseball players stand at the plate and take strike after strike is disgusting. There is such a thing as a base hit, you know. Standing awaiting “my pitch” seems silly considering the results they are getting.

I’ve been told that a pitch close enough to be called a strike is close enough to swing at. Might accidentally get a base hit. Also, 100 percent of the time they don’t swing, they don’t get a hit.

Don Hoyem

Tampa

Give us some hope Maybe the Rays need a little incentive to improve their hitting.

How about this? Any player with at least 10 at-bats who hits for less than a .200 average through any given month spends the next 30 days honing his skills down in AAA.

That gives a quality prospect a chance to prove he can play in the majors and provides the fans with a reason to keep watching.

Juggling their batting position in the lineup has not resulted in sustained improvement in years past.

What is it they say is the definition of insanity?

Thomas Peterson

Apollo Beach

Slip funding The Trib reported on April 13 that the city of Gulfport has received a federal grant of $286,137 to add five boat slips behind the Gulfport Casino. That’s $57,227.40 each, fellow taxpayers, to bring some revenue to downtown shops and restaurants in Gulfport.

I have been in business for a bit over 40 years and have never had benefits like that offered. In fact, quite the opposite — towns, states and the federal government have uniformly asked me to contribute to the general welfare, in addition to paying my own way.

And when I park my car to shop and eat, I often get charged for that, too.

The $286,000 is 75 percent of the total projected cost. The businesses will benefit. The city will benefit less. The federal government will benefit in miniscule amounts and is unlikely to ever recover these funds.

If this is a financially sound bit of development (and by my math, $286,000 is going to take a bit of time to recover at any level), why isn’t the private sector investing in these boat parking places?

Your money and mine is being taken, to be spent in a way that our nation’s founders never intended.

And your kids can’t get a tour through the White House, no Fleet Week for our servicemen and carriers are being withdrawn from unstable regions because there is no money in D.C.

Irwin Schuster

Tampa

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