Thursday, September 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates
Law Week

President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicate ourselves to promote public understanding of its importance to American democracy.

Florida statute provides for Law Week to commence the first Sunday preceding the first day of May, observed this year April 29 through May 5. The 2018 Law Day/Week theme is "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom."

The U.S. Constitution established a system of government with distinct and independent branches — legislative, executive, and judicial — and it gave Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court separate and distinct powers, so these three branches share power and serve as checks on the powers of the others.

"Ambition must be made to counteract ambition," James Madison explained in The Federalist 51, because he believed that the Constitution’s principles preserve political liberty. By preventing any one branch from becoming too powerful, they provide a framework for freedom.

Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We, the people, must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. This year’s Law Day/Week theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how the American system of government works for ourselves and our posterity.

The local Hernando County Bar Association has planned a series of events for Law Week to help promote public awareness of the importance of the rule of law. Details are at

This Law Day, let us reflect on the importance of the separation of powers, and continue to work to ensure that our nation’s constitutional ideals are observed.

Jennifer C. Rey, Esq., Secretary, Hernando County Bar Association

Revoke county all-terrain vehicle law

Last August, our county commissioners voted to allow unlicensed and uninsured, dangerous ATVs to ride up and down unpaved lime rock roads in Hernando County.

A new renter who recently moved into our neighborhood has taken to driving up and down our narrow lime rock road in front of our homes, creating extremely loud noises and endangering everyone and their pets walking in the road or driving out of their driveways. Our usually quiet neighborhood is now filled with noise on the weekends.

If there should be an accident caused by the dirt bike rider, there is no insurance company to call, as they are not required to carry insurance. When the police were called, they refused to come and even speak with the riders to tell them to drive more slowly and keep the noise down.

This whole situation is unacceptable, and the new law allowing this type of thing needs to be revoked.

Claudia Amsler, Brooksville


Thursday’s letters: For the sake of all involved, don’t rush the Kavanaugh vote

Delay Senate vote on Kavanaugh | Editorial, Sept. 18Don’t rush something that will last a lifetimeThe Senate Judiciary Committee finds itself in a sticky wicket. The committee should take a slow measured course of action. Trying to rush th...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/20/18

Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18