Tuesday, July 17, 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 www.hernandocountybar.com.

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


Tuesday’s letters: Leave fireworks to the professionals

Nobody is scaring birds with fireworks | Editorial, July 16Leave fireworksto the professionalsThe situation with fireworks has gotten completely out of control. I was at Curtis Hixon Park on the Fourth of July, and numerous people were exploding ...
Published: 07/16/18

Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/16/18

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18