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Re: “USF activists target investments,” The Tampa Tribune, May 18

This is in response to the article in which a group of students is asking the USF foundation to divest itself or certain investments of which the students do not approve. I have a solution for those USF students who are unhappy with the USF foundation’s investments. They should go find a school whose foundation invests their funds in things more to their liking. Perhaps the UN or the EU (both of whom seem to be the folks stirring the issue) could offer them some suggestions...

Jim Bispo

Spring Hill

Hit the road, Joe

Time for Joe Maddon to move on. Joe must think that he is playing little league baseball, where everyone needs to play three innings. He has Guyer batting .217, Forsythe batting .175, and Molina batting .111 playing last night. Hennigan, a bit sore sitting the bench is batting .238. Come on, this is pro ball. Take some Aleve and play ball!

My wife is 63 and could probably hit as good as Molina and probably run faster too. Joyce sits the bench batting .275 and DeJesus sitting the bench batting .263. I can understand why the Rays are 19 wins and 27 losses this year.

Joe, wake up, this is pro ball! One game can be the difference between playoffs and sitting home. Where is the team owner? Why has he not said something? I see why the Rays draw a poor crowd. Just over 11,000 the other night. No one wants to watch a looser!

Dennis Talbot

Spring Hill

Time to wake up

The Obama administration is installing worthless narrow sidewalks off of busy commercial highways throughout this country.

In every commercial highway where these sidewalks are being installed there are no walking pedestrians. The only traffic is auto traffic.

There is no good reason for sidewalks off of these commercial highways. Unfortunately, the Obama administration does not have the common sense to realize this.

The money being wasted on these worthless sidewalks should be spent on repairing our roads, old bridges and dams.

Our federal legislators should stop this wasteful spending. When will the public wake up to all of the mistakes of the Obama administration and demand a change?

Norman Pallot

Weeki Wachee

What’s wrong with cameras?

Why do some folks complain about surveillance cameras on our streets?

They help to keep us safe by serving as a warning to criminals that you are being watched and they help to catch the bad guys when they do decide to do something wrong.

As far as those that complain that they are an invasion of privacy, I say the cameras are seeing no more than hundreds of other people are seeing that are walking and traveling on the same streets the cameras are on. So where exactly is the invasion of privacy?

You are not in a privacy setting if you are out in the public.

Robert Van Istendal

Spring Hill

The bad and the ugly about medical marijuana

The Tampa ABC station did a series on medical marijuana and what happened in California after they legalized it 18 years ago. However, ABC neglected legalizing medical marijuana and its relationship to mental illness and the incidence of mental illness in California. Marijuana use is a double-edged sword — marijuana used medicinally affects the brain. Charlotte’s Web produces an extract that can stop or lessen seizures. This is a good thing. But as there is the good, the people of Florida need to know the bad and the ugly.

Many people believe that mental problems are only inherited, but this is not true. You must cover this issue. It will impact our society on many levels.

Go to the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) website

Caroline S. A. Zoes


Re: “Right Wing Radio Mouse-Trap?” by Craig Bolten

Craig Bolten’s critical letter about local and national radio talk shows, their hosts and audiences, hits upon a few delicate but accurate notes about racism, hypocrisy of Christians and the gullibility and biases of listeners toward the poor and minorities. It all rings a familiar bell.

However, I will take Mr. Bolten’s points one step further and state that even though his statements have a lot of truth to them, the real problem in our society is the polarization of the people in our country, with radio and TV talk shows pitting one side against the other, and never the twain shall meet.

And radio hosts take their cue from the United States Congress and our so-called elected leaders, who keep planting the seed of discord, hate and polarization depending upon what side of the political spectrum they are on.

There is little, if any, effort at respecting peoples’ opinions and rights, or in taking into consideration the opposing point of view. In order for them to win their side of the argument they always have to accuse the other side of lies, deception, misinformation, almost to the point of being unAmerican, unpatriotic, or even un-civilized.

The electoral system is rigged in favor of big money and two major parties who will stop at nothing to retain, protect or gain more power. Polarization is their answer to achieve this unwelcome and destructive goal.

Until we have public financing of elections, a fairer playing field for not only all candidates of all political persuasions, but also for third parties, minor parties, and alternative parties to participate on an equal playing field, we can expect this institutionalized hatred and bias toward the other side.

Brian P. Moore

Spring Hill

Shame on the Joint Chiefs

My outrage can not be quantified at the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon. The very nerve of them to authorize sexual transition surgery for Bradly Manning, a convicted traitor, who should be in a deep dark hole for his actions, and totally ignoring our long suffering veterans who are literally dying to enter or be treated by the VA medical system. We, I am a veteran, find it inexcusable to place a convicted treasonous pervert above those who “honorably” pledged their very lives to defend our great nation.

All of the Generals and Admirals have disgraced the academies from which they graduated. The “Honor System” follows you throughout your careers and it is a disgrace that you put political correctness above your sworn duty to me and all the citizens of this great nation.

God bless America and as for you gentlemen He may have other plans in mind.

George Stansbury


Re: “Of course law enforcement wants to keep marijuana illegal,” by Dennis Purdy

Regarding Dennis Purdy’s May 13 op-ed, the days when drug warriors can get away with confusing the drug war’s tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana is legal. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. Not just in Colorado and Washington but throughout the nation, it’s time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.

Robert Sharpe

Common Sense for Drug Policy


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