Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Feb. 2

County planner overstepping?

At the Hernando County Commission meeting on Jan. 23, Hernando County Senior Planner Michelle Miller said: "We are targeting landlords of Kass Circle."

She wants them to join a registry where code could keep an eye on them, etc. She wants to have a farmers’ market that would compete with Save A Lot, and pop-up sidewalk cafes competing with The Press Box and Nina’s.

A business owner said he pays for Kass clean up in his rent. He appeared to be angry about being asked to volunteer to clean up other areas of Kass Circle. Another business owner complained about homeless people asking to use her bathroom.

Michelle wants to create a business association for Kass Circle and to market (businesses). When is it the county’s responsibility to do the marketing for businesses in the county?

The cost of Michelle Miller’s salary and county resources being used are much more than the $500 allocated to the Kass Circle (Community Redevelopment Agency grant).

Where are the boundaries between individuals, businesses and Hernando County?

Joan Lynch, Spring Hill

Re: Changes coming to Spring Hill | Jan. 26

I would hope that one of the considerations for approval of all of these developments include provisions for rooftop solar energy collection and use.

One consideration would be how much roof space on the commercial buildings would be given to the installation and use of solar energy to defray the cost of heating, cooling and use of the buildings no matter what their use — manufacturing, office, retail space, whatever.

Another consideration would be to cover the parking lots with solar-panel roofs to provide electrical power and shade for public and employee parking, which would be especially attractive during the hot summer months.

Both of these things could be done during construction, not as more expensive add-ons later.

G.B. Leatherwood, Spring Hill


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18