Monday, July 16, 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: 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 ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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