Thursday, August 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader says

When I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could say nothing to refute their claims.

That’s the way power and wealth works.

So here’s some facts from the Save Our Serenova Coalition for why stopping the Ridge Road Extension was a good idea in 1998 and a better idea in 2018:

Commissioners claim we desperately need more hurricane evacuation routes for the mother of all hurricanes. Fact: On Sept. 17, 2017, Pasco County issued evacuation orders for everyone west of Little Road as a Category 3 hurricane approached. What happened? We had west-to-east evacuation road lanes that accommodated all the cars and people who chose to evacuate what we expected to be the worst hurricane to hit Pasco County.

What we lacked was not hurricane evacuation routes, but more shelters.

The fact that Hurricane Irma became a Category 1 storm before it rolled over Pasco County does not change the fact: Tens of thousands safely evacuated without traffic bottlenecks and were gone by that time. There goes the political hucksters’ excuse for destroying 6,500 acres of Serenova habitat for wetlands, wildlife and native plants by slicing it with a four-line highway called the Ridge Road Extension.

Pasco citizens have paid about $34 million since 1998 for this zombie highway to nowhere. And if Trump and Gus have their way, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will finally approve the long-contested permit and the price tag for the highway will total of $89,970,668, according to the Pasco Project Fact Sheet revised on March 26.

If you believe that figure, I got a bridge in Brooklyn I’ll sell you cheap.

So why not spend that money on real evacuation routes like State Routes 54 and 52, and Moon Lake Road, Tower Road and Lake Patience Road for less money? Because none of those "evacuation routes" will create welcoming entrance roads for developments like Connerton, which blames its failure on a lack of such roads. See, it’s simple — it’s never been about evacuation, it’s about enriching developers, real estate firms, construction companies, and oh, yes. Pasco County Commissioners. Just check the campaign donations to the two commissioners running for re-election.

Dan Callaghan, New Port Richey


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

Monday’s letters: Enough with praise for Pier sculpture

Aerial art to billow at Pier | Aug. 3Pier art: boon or boondoggle?Well, finally! The Janet Echelman sculpture project has been approved. The dust has settled and now, at the cost of $2.8 million an over-priced, glorified flag will be flapping ove...
Published: 08/03/18