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Letters to the editor: Keep your clothes on

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Keep your clothes on Regarding “Legislators intend to outlaw ‘revenge porn’” (front page, April 17):

It is hard to drum up any sympathy for “Jessica” when after only three weeks of dating “a decent” guy she found on a dating site, she sent him (willingly) naked photos of herself. Funny how she thought a decent guy would ask for those in the first place. Now there is a huge rush to get “revenge porn” outlawed when all you need to do to avoid this issue is don’t send out naked photos! Truly this is just a sign of stupidity if you seriously believe that your naked photos will not be seen anywhere else on the Web.

Did we not learn anything from former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner? This is just basic information, people. I don’t care who you are, how long you’ve been together or how much you think “this guy’s the one.” After three weeks of dating, do not send naked photos. Period. Rather than continue to come up with ridiculous laws, how about holding ourselves to higher moral ground? That way, there is zero chance your privates are made public.

Kathy Lane

Lithia

Beware nuclear risks Florida residents need to be aware that the new proposed nuclear power plant for Florida brings with it the many hazards that have beset nuclear power plants around the globe.

Massive radioactive leaks are inundating portions of the contaminated site of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, while the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the Pacific Northwest is battling its own radioactive leaks that are pouring into the Columbia River, spawning home of the famed salmon.

This is the same water-body that suffered the unloading of radioactive contaminants decades ago by the Hanford Engineer Works. The release of radioactive iodine during that event was equaled only by emissions at the site of the Chernobyl accident of 1986.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has expressed its concerns regarding the hydrogen gas that could potentially build up inside the Hanford tanks leading to an explosion that would release radioactive materials. Though the clean-up has stalled, efforts are reportedly under way to turn the site into a national park!

Meanwhile, back at the nuclear power ranch, Duke Energy, the largest generator of electricity in the U.S., has permanently closed its Crystal River nuclear plant (too expensive to repair) and has been purchasing wind farms and solar energy technology.

Wall Street and other financial advisors have ceased to recommend nuclear power stocks to their investors, so hedging one’s bets with wind and solar is prudent fiscal management.

Francine Robinson

Gainesville

Overwhelmed by hatred The Tribune recently published a full page of letters decrying U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s view that we should renew relations with Cuba. These writers are blinded by hatred of the Cuban government at the expense of the Cuban people.

After more than 50 years of “isolation,” Cuba’s Marxist government persists and its failed socialism persists, while throughout the world once-communist countries have embraced capitalism that has softened the impact of their totalitarian governments and brought about great change that has improved the quality of life of people in those nations. Russia, China and Vietnam have accepted that it is capitalism that raises the standard of living of its people. The question is, why has this not happened in Cuba? The answer to that question is we have isolated Cuba by our failed foreign policy that has singled out this small nation and its people as a result of the political influence of a relatively small group of Cubans in Florida. The obvious conclusion is they are so overwhelmed by their hatred that they would sacrifice their Cuban brothers and sisters rather than embrace the change that economic interaction/capitalism will surely bring.

The irony is, while nations such as Russia, China and Vietnam embrace capitalism, our own country is drifting inexorably toward socialism.

Henry Pierson

Odessa

Carpetbaggers After reading “Clearwater Republican calls senator’s residency a ruse” (Metro, April 17), I noticed that state Sen. Maria Sachs never answered the question about her primary residency. Her reply, “I have established residency, legal residency, as required by law, in District 34,” is non-responsive. She didn’t confirm that she resides in her district, just that she has property in the district.

Apparently, my assumption that our legislators maintain a “primary” residency, where they live the majority of their days, in their district is wrong. It seems that all one has to do is to rent an apartment, use the address for voter registration and driver’s license, and run for office, changing their residence as required to be eligible for office. Somehow it seems wrong that we punish student-athletes whose parents rent in a school district before transferring, but won’t punish our politicians for using the same technique.

If the state constitution is vague, then we should change it and require politicians to maintain a “primary” residence in their district where they live the majority of their time and make them ineligible to run for office until they maintain residency in the district for two years.

Scott Harrison

Apollo Beach

Decision lauded Where is responsible journalism? I would like to commend The Tampa Tribune and condemn the Tampa Bay Times. Both papers ran the same Associated Press article about the bombing in Boston. The difference was the Times included a diagram entitled “Building a bomb.” The diagram shows how to build a bomb using a pressure cooker. That is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in any newspaper.

The Tampa Tribune didn’t put the diagram in with their article. Thank you, Tribune, for being responsible.

Edward Schaffter

Ruskin

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