Monday, April 23, 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


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident 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 rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18