Friday, August 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 13

Re: Rays ask for Pasco’s support | April 6 column

Let’s see if I get this straight: Jason Woody expects us Pasco residents to drive to the Rays’ new stadium in Ybor City and park at the same time as 20,000-50,000 other fans, then, when the game is over, all drive off at the same time. This is, to put it mildly, a really awful idea. I can’t imagine anyone doing it more than once.

No baseball team in the Tampa Bay area is ever going to get enough fans in their stands to pay the bills until we get some serious mass transit — trolleys, light rail, high speed trains, subways, express buses, etc. We can’t keep widening streets and highways forever. Our traffic is already horrible and getting worse every year.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

I am a big Rays fan and live in Pasco. That being said, show me adequate, easily accessible, reasonably priced public transportation to Ybor City or show me easily accessible, reasonably priced public parking.

Carol Goodlin-Couture, New Port Richey

I read with great interest this article because, for one reason, as a relative newbie to the area, I am wondering how this new stadium is going to be built in the historic downtown area. Well, it seems that Sternberg (the Rays’ owner) has everyone convinced, from the fans to the politicians to the media, that all he needs is for a new stadium to be built at everyone else’s cost to put a World Series contender on the field. The presumption is that a new facility means sellouts (suggest somebody contact the Yankees, Mets and Marlins to see just how far off that idea is).

Meanwhile, the Rays are expecting Ybor city businesses to back this idiotic idea. It seems he wants the support of businesses and residents who are going to be displaced from the town. Just where do the Rays expect to come up with up to 80 acres to put a new facility?

As far as the demographics you quoted, I don’t question your figures, but we all know that numbers can be interpreted different ways. How are people supposed to get to a game? Interstate 4 and Interstate 275 and the various roadways from St. Pete already are a bottleneck. What about parking? Where are the parking lots going to be? There is no mass transit.

A question no one seems to address: Just how big a positive financial impact do the Rays have on the Tampa area?

Finally, who is going to pay for this atrocity? If Sternberg is so sure that all he needs is a new stadium to get attendance to put a winning team on the field, then why doesn’t he pay for the whole project?

I don’t plan on attending any games now and pay major league prices to see a minor league team and on top of that pay $20 to park and pay a $5 surcharge if I don’t buy a ticket prior to five hours before game time.

I would suggest we let the Rays go to Montreal, and in a couple of years they will find out why the Expos had to be taken over by Major League Baseball and eventually move to Washington.

Pardon my ranting, but I’m tired of hearing all this. When I moved from Jersey, I was enthusiastic because all I heard was that the Rays and Bucs were always competitive. Four years later, I see one owner who won’t spend and another owner who doesn’t know who to spend on.

PS: The best thing that could have happened to the Rays was for (Derek) Jeter to buy them.

Lonny Pannucci, Hudson


Friday’s letters: I’ve lived in countries lacking a free press; you wouldn’t want to

Striving to keep truth flowingfor democracy | Editorial, Aug. 16I’ve lived in places lacking free pressMore than half my adult life I’ve lived, worked or studied in countries governed by dictators or authoritarian rulers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukr...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Cigars are bad for your health

Tobacco rules don’t suit premium cigars | Editorial, Aug. 13Xyxyx xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxy xyxxxThe argument made in this editorial to exempt the premium cigar industry from FDA scrutiny is, in essence: They are not cheap, they are not fruit-flavored,...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Re: County authorizes takeover of SunWest Park | Aug. 10‘A poor idea from the startWith no fanfare whatsoever, we now have a new park that no one I know ever seems to use or even know where it is. If it is bringing hordes of tourists to our cou...
Published: 08/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Habitat should help the poor, not hurt them

Habitat lender choice blasted | Aug. 12Help, don’t hurt, poorAs a Habitat for Humanity admirer, donor and volunteer, I was disappointed to read how Habitat for Humanity’s Hillsborough County affiliate reportedly stumbled in delivering its mission...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18

Monday’s letters: A gun or a vote: danger is relative

‘I went off the deep end’ | Aug. 10A gun or a vote: danger is relativeAt the demonstrable risk of having someone lose his fragile temper, grab his guns, storm out his door and speed to my home to shoot me for saying so (and why NOT, Florida Legis...
Published: 08/10/18

Sunday’s letters: July’s letter of the month is ‘Time for more civil debate.’

July letter of the monthTime for more civil debate"Politics" is an activity which involves power and control, arriving at decisions based on differing interests. Normally, leaders weigh the needs of the individual with the abilities of the country. C...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Saturday’s letters: A team effort made USF preeminent

USF and preeminenceA team effort vaulted USF The University of South Florida’s designation as a preeminent state research university is a prestigious accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of faculty, staff and students and USF System Presiden...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18

Friday’s letters: Don’t let pollution be our legacy

Algae blooms amid cuts | Aug. 8Brown can’t be the new greenThis headline should have said "Republicans continue to pave their way across Florida, pollute the water supply and destroy animals and their habitat." The Republicans have controlled Tal...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18

Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies

Mother: Dead girl now ‘pure’ | Aug. 7Two tragediesThis is another tragedy of a parent who became overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child. But an equally bad sequence of events is likely to happen in the days and months t...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10

Jacqueline Road being misusedI have issued complaints to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, traffic division and also a letter to the sheriff and have had very little positive response.We have an issue on Jacqueline Road with speeding vehicles and...
Published: 08/06/18