Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

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 recycle or suffer a financial penalty — or provide additional motivation for people to recycle. Some ideas:

1) Have students taking environmental studies courses make community presentations could provide a persuasive recycling case to their parents and neighbors.

2) Send letters to every household, outlining the financial facts. Include tables showing how much each household will pay if Pasco County has to spend $190 million to expand its incinerator and how much each household would save if Pasco recycles all the bottles and cans it now burns.

3) Organize neighborhoods with recycling captains and co-captains who will demonstrate how easy it is to start recycling.

4) Have competition among neighborhoods, publishing standings monthly and awarding small prizes to the top communities every month or two.

5) Designate a small rubber garbage can on wheels as the official recycling container of Pasco County. Residents need not use this type of container, but all Home Depots, Lowe’s and Ace Hardwares, etc., in Pasco County can stock these containers and sell them at a low, competitive price. They are small enough to fit on the back seat of a car, yet large enough to accommodate three weeks of household recycling materials.

Recycling pickup every other week is fine, even for ardent recycling households. There is no need to offer weekly recycling pickup. Reducing garbage pickup to once a week is a terrible idea. Some residents in my community can’t always fit their garbage into their garbage cans, and they leave the lids partly open or put garbage bags on top of the lids. Dive-bombing crows rip the bags and make a smelly, unsightly mess.

This would only get worse with once-a-week garbage pickup. If these residents can’t be bothered to recycle now, what makes Pasco County officials think they will voluntarily recycle if the only variable change is pickup frequency?

David Silverman, Wesley Chapel


Tuesday’s letters: Amendment 4 is a matter of reason

Amendment 4 will save taxpayers money | Column, Sept. 23Amendment 4 is a matter of reasonMy lifelong Republican brother is a moderate, more mainstream thinker, not wedded to extreme right-wing orthodoxy, so I asked him how he plans to vote on Ame...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Dr. Robert Judson made great contributions to Pasco-Hernando State College

A pioneer in Pasco-Hernando education | Sept. 19Robert Judson pushed education forwardI had the pleasure of working with the late Dr. Robert Judson, the former president of what is now known as Pasco-Hernando State College, for many years. During...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

Saturday’s letters: We need stats that reflect our lives

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18We need stats that reflect our livesMajor news outlets have uniformly declared the U.S. economy to be sizzling, on fire. This column was correct in wanting us to take a second, hard l...
Published: 09/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Inequality hurts democracy

We’re measuring the economy all wrong | Column, Sept. 18Democracy needs equalityEconomic inequality and the concentration of wealth have achieved levels beyond the comprehension of most American wage earners today. Income inequality has ri...
Published: 09/21/18

Friday’s letters: Florida’s workers aren’t reaping benefits of a booming economy

Scott didn’t put them to work | Sept. 16Florida workers not reaping the benefitsFlorida has just surpassed a GDP of $1 trillion. However, workers in Florida are not reaping the rewards. A new report released by anti-poverty organization Ox...
Published: 09/21/18

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

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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