Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Editorials

Pasco letters: New Port Richey right to pursue animal control unit

Animal control unit is needed

Kudos for the resuming of the New Port Richey plans for an animal control unit and kudos to those who will devote their time and effort to such humanitarian work.

City leaders should not ignore this gift offered to them. It will profit them not to underestimate the importance of such a program.

With the help of the New Port Richey police and support of others, so much more can be done than what the county Animal Services in Land O'Lakes can do for the good of the animals and for the protection of the public.

This is a need that has waited a long time to be recognized. Wait no longer.

Beverly Svensson, Hudson

Sandusky case is real eye opener

All the stories in the news lately about child sexual abuse make me wonder if I was paying attention to the wrong things when my children were growing up. I was hyper-vigilant in malls, crowds, and public rest rooms. I kept them close to me and watched carefully when strangers approached or seemed to notice them. I honestly thought that I knew what a sex offender would look like or how they would behave. They would probably look mean, unkempt, suspicious and shifty.

I generally relaxed, however, when my children were with a teacher, coach, babysitter or neighbor. Someone who I knew or who was responsible for caring for children would not be capable of abusing them. But since the Jerry Sandusky and Penn State case came into the news, I'm starting to get a different understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse. I know that most people who might sexually abuse a child do not fit my stereotype.

I'm also starting to understand that this is something we can prevent by responding more proactively. Imagine if we begin to ask different questions of the people who care for our children: Is there a policy in your organization to protect children from sexual abuse? Do you know how to report sexual abuse? What do you do if someone is not quite appropriate around the children or teens in your organization?

This case has opened my eyes and I, for one, am going to start asking different questions now.

Patricia Kley, New Port Richey

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Editorial: Listen to Marjory Stoneman Douglas students demanding change

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Published: 02/19/18

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Published: 02/19/18

Another voice: Tips should belong to workers, not their bosses

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Published: 02/18/18
Updated: 02/20/18
Editorial: Trumpís rising deficits and misplaced priorities

Editorial: Trumpís rising deficits and misplaced priorities

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Published: 02/17/18
Editorial: Buckhorn should not appeal verdict in firefighterís case

Editorial: Buckhorn should not appeal verdict in firefighterís case

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Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Editorial: CareerSource troubles mount as public trust drops

Editorial: CareerSource troubles mount as public trust drops

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Published: 02/15/18
Updated: 02/16/18
Editorials: Prayers and platitudes after shootings arenít enough

Editorials: Prayers and platitudes after shootings arenít enough

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Published: 02/15/18
Editorial: DCF review should get to the bottom of Hillsborough foster care issues

Editorial: DCF review should get to the bottom of Hillsborough foster care issues

The Florida Department of Children and Families is right to call for a timely and "comprehensive" review of Hillsborough Countyís foster care system. Though the probe is a reaction to a recent case involving a child who was left unattended, the revie...
Published: 02/14/18

A Washington Post editorial: Modernize 911 calling before it becomes an emergency

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the first 911 emergency call placed in the United States. Since then, uncounted lives have been saved and people helped. It has been a great accomplishment of government.But even as an estimated 240 million 9...
Published: 02/13/18
Updated: 02/14/18
Editorial: Scott, Cabinet cannot be trusted on felonsí voting rights

Editorial: Scott, Cabinet cannot be trusted on felonsí voting rights

Gov. Rick Scott always has been grudging and imperious about restoring the voting rights of felons, requiring them to wait for years before begging the governor and Cabinet to be recognized again as citizens. That arrogance is on full display in a le...
Published: 02/13/18