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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the editor: Tribune columnist misses point


Column misses point

I can’t understand why the Tribune gives so much ink to Chris Ingram. His most recent column on the District 13 congressional race is nothing more that a rehash of right-wing ideology. To me it’s a joke to call Alex Sink a Washington insider as she has never been elected to Washington and lived in Thonotosassa. Hardly a hotbed of political firepower. Of course, Ingram totally misses the real question here: Why didn’t Sink run in District 15 when she lived in Thonotosassa? The answer is, of course, even a so-called Washington insider can’t win in a district that is completely gerrymandered.

This style of writing is the usual affair from Ingram. His column about the name of the Washington Redskins kept referring to a mysterious PC police when in fact it was American Indians who took exception to the name. It is sad the Tribune gives him precious editorial space.

F. M. Younglove


Water concerns

In the article “Pinellas land deal on Al Bar, Cross Bar site looks unlikely,” it states that “The Cross Bar ranch includes 17 wells that at their peak pumped 30 million gallons of water a day.” However, at times, Cross Bar Ranch far exceeded that amount. Cross Bar Wellfield began pumping the aquifer in 1980, and by 1990 it was pumping more than 30 million gallons per day. Sometime around 1994 Cross Bar Wellfield was pumping in excess of 40 million gallons per day. The lakes, ponds, Jumping Gully and other sources of water in the surrounding community disappeared. The overpumping devastated this area.

The water wars that resulted in Tampa Bay Water and the reduced pumping proved that the overpumping of the aquifer was damaging the surrounding community. Even if Pinellas County should discontinue participation in the water agreement, it should never be allowed to pump more than what is allowed now. It is unsettling that Pasco commissioners Pat Mulieri, Ted Schrader, Kathryn Starkey, and Henry Wilson have approved a limestone blasting permit in the cone of influence of Cross Bar Wellfield and in a community devastated by Cross Bar Wellfield

Stefanie Schatzman

Spring Hill

Misleading facts

Regarding the editorial “Much riding on Pinellas transit plan” (Our Views, Feb. 2): The Tribune did not validate Greenlight Pinellas statements against the facts. The Tribune stated, “another 200,000 people are expected to move into the county over the next 25 years, a 20 percent increase.” This is cherry picking the data. According to the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the 200,000 population increase by 2040 in Pinellas is the high-growth scenario. The medium scenario has Pinellas stagnant, and in the low-growth scenario, as similar a likelihood as the high growth, Pinellas actually loses nearly 200,000 in the same time frame. Greenlight Pinellas should be using the “medium” scenario for population forecasts. The Tribune is not performing a public service by mindlessly printing Greenlight Pinellas’ misleading talking points.

Mark Calvert


The real threat

Regarding “Leave the climate-change doubters behind” (Your Views, Feb. 1): There has always been climate change since the ice age, including the “medieval warm period” and the “little ice age” but such facts are ignored by these politically motivated activists. They are even blaming the Hurricane Sandy disaster on their hypothetical “climate change” while ignoring the similar climate conditions in 1938 that caused more than 600 deaths in Long Island and Connecticut.

The most imminent threat to our climate is the Yellowstone Caldera. This giant volcano is rising and will have catastrophic effects on our planet when it blows. We can afford to address such threats if we don’t destroy our economy with overly restrictive regulations.

Bill Geiger

South Pasadena

Get climate facts

We moved here from Upstate New York; 12,000 years ago the glacial ice was more than a mile thick over that northern stretch of states. The ice is gone. That is climate change! The ice was long gone before human beings started the fires (internal and external combustion engines, power plants, etc.) that are blamed for global warming (now climate change).

Anyone seriously interested in an objective analysis of climate change data should take the time to review Burt Rutan’s work on this subject. Just Google “burt rutan climate change.”

Richard Abell

Sun City Center

Local education

Common Core is a product of the secular progressives whose purpose is to undermine the moral fabric of America’s children.

Public education belongs under the purview of the local teachers and parents. We do not want or need the federal bureaucracy taking control of our kids. Whenever the government meddles in affairs such as this, expenses rise and success dwindles.

Carole Gleason-Minor

St. Petersburg

Simple math

A man walks into a theater without a gun. Everyone walks out of the theater. What more do you need to know?

John Forrest