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More lanes needed

I would like to discuss the traffic in the morning going down Fletcher and Fowler avenues in Tampa.

Every day I have to wake up two hours earlier to arrive on time for school. This traffic doesn’t just delay me; it delays everyone who is going to work or school.

With two more lanes the traffic would decrease and go faster. The traffic now is horrible. The cars barely move, and everyone gets frustrated.

Gabriel Connor Bezerra

Wesley Chapel

For the love of writing

I love to write, but I rarely find somebody who shares this feeling.

It’s common that I find home-schoolers who love writing, but it’s rare to find a high school student who learns from a source of public education. I feel that our youths in America have so much thrown at them and have so much on their plate that they find no time or love for writing!

I hear about how they don’t really have time between all of their classes and studies and that they dislike writing. I’ve read some very well-done letters by youths only to find out that they don’t love writing.

My question is: How do we figure out a way to get our youths to enjoy writing again?

I think we ought to talk about how we should be glad to use proper grammar and sound as intelligent as we all really are with proper writing.

Samuel Walker

Land O’ Lakes

More sports opportunities

There should be more opportunities for kids to play sports. Sports have become too costly for most families.

There should be a plan to help families to pay for sports and get their kids involved.

Dylan Valdez


No help for the pain

Regarding “Follow Florida’s painkiller example” (Washington Post, Other Views, July 8):

The Post’s one-sided, one-dimensional exalting over the state of Florida’s shutdown of so-called “pill mills” and doctors accused of over-prescribing painkillers overlooks another side of the issue that it and anti-drug crusaders are either ignorant of or choose to ignore. My wife suffers from severe and chronic pain caused by degenerative arthritis of her hips. Hip replacement surgery will hopefully alleviate the pain. In the meantime, she’s in constant, unremitting pain from the damage to her hips. High concentration doses of Vicodin or similar pain-control medication used to be able to control her pain.

But now, under the current anti-drug absolutism, no doctor will prescribe anything approaching an effective pain reducer because they’re running scared of being accused of operating a pill mill, having their clinic closed down and being arrested as a drug dealer.

The only things my wife’s doctors will prescribe for relief of her pain have about as much pain-killing power as cotton candy.

Over-the-counter pain medications are no more effective than low-dose aspirin. If any of them actually worked as a pain killer, the government would probably order it yanked off the shelf at light speed.

The robust anti-drug zealots of the FDA are probably all healthy individuals who have never had a day of pain in their lives. They simply can’t relate to pain in others. They fear one minute of addiction in others far more than they fear a lifetime of pain in others. To them, one would-be hedonist or one kid popping one pill is more harmful than any amount of endless pain in any number of pain sufferers.

Of course we don’t want drug dealers selling prescription medications to kids. But that’s already illegal.

Careful delineation is needed to distinguish would-be druggies from legitimate pain sufferers. But sometimes that can take work to do.

The anti-drug absolutists don’t seem to want to do the work. They have a simplistic answer to the problem: effectively ban the existence of any drug remotely capable of being addictive.

In the process, legitimate pain sufferers are left with no effective pain relief medication and no options other than to grit their teeth and bear the pain. In the meantime, I’m left hearing my wife cry in pain anytime she tries to move her hips or legs.

Pain sufferers like my wife are not trying to get high. They’re trying to get pain free.

Some reasonable balance is needed between drug enforcement and pain relief. The “innocent until proven guilty” principle should apply here. Legitimate pain victims with affidavits from their doctor should be considered to be so unless it is conclusively shown that they’re just hedonists wanting to abuse prescription medications. The anti-drug zealots should be forced to prove that the persons in question are liars who want to abuse drugs.

Pain is real. People in pain should be given the nod. Effective pain killers should be allowed to exist.

Robert B. Beatty


Where was Castor?

I’ve been reading recent stories regarding the Tampa Bay community and politicians like Kathy Castor saying they’re very interested in saving the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., which is under assault by the FDA. It’s one of the last great cigar companies left in Tampa, no doubt.

However, this is coming from the same Castor who didn’t lift a finger to save Hav-A-Tampa in 2009, and the same Castor who gleefully assisted Barack Obama in levying the State Children’s Health Insurance Program tax against tobacco, damaging and ultimately helping to offshore a 107-year-old Tampa institution.

I was one of the 492 people who lost their secure, well-paying jobs that year when Hav-A-Tampa decided it would be better to do business in Cayey, Puerto Rico, than put up with the shenanigans of the tax-happy pair of Democrats named above. My engineering job there was secure for the next 20 years if things would have been left alone.

Now, one has to ask what the children’s health insurance program has to do with the tobacco industry. I’m sure it was a convenient way to attack tobacco.

We made machine-made cigars as well as a number of highly recognizable premium brands, right there in Sabal Park near I-4 and I-75. Almost 500 jobs gone, and Castor was nowhere to be found defending that once-great Tampa institution.

Now she wants J.C. Newman to survive, which it rightfully should. Thanks for defending Hav-A-Tampa, Kathy.

Harvey Morris


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