Monday, September 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Aug. 31

Re: Is ‘Live PD’ bad for Pasco’s
image? | Aug. 24 C.T. Bowen column

‘Live PD’ shows that deputies are human

It is too bad in your list of things to do you decided to add this ridiculous article to it.

Please get over yourself. This show is no different than Cops, which I’m sure you know ran for three decades and started in Broward County. I don’t remember anyone complaining how Cops hurt the standing of their sheriff’s department.

This show does nothing but show the everyday life of a sheriff’s deputy. Unfortunately, some of the calls are mundane, but it is truly real life and not made-for-TV unreality, like most shows. Cops are human, and it helps people to see that. If that commissioner’s friend decided not to move here because he saw this show, well, we need less people like that in this state anyway. And maybe commissioners, also. I believe I will vote against her in the next election. Thank you for clearing that up for me.

Rick Haynes, Wesley Chapel

Can show solve mystery?

Yes, it is very bad for Pasco’s image.

Perhaps the glare of the spotlight will spur a search for the cause and remedy for Pasco’s crime problems.

Jerry Sweet, Hudson

Who benefits from show?

I read your article regarding Live PD, and I agree it doesn’t look good for any of the areas they show. I am wondering what’s in it for those counties? They must be getting some financial gain or something in order to show all the dirty laundry.

Thanks for the interesting take.

Susan Mack, New Port Richey

Ridge Road Extension a fantasy project, despite county efforts

Highway to nowhere

Pasco County government has unveiled its beautiful new website touting the Ridge Road Extension, but the Ridge Road Extension is going nowhere except into Pasco’s version of Fantasyland.

Despite the pretty pictures of a gopher tortoise and manicured medians, the Ridge Road Extension will slice and dice the Serenova Wilderness Tract of the Starkey Preserve. It will leave wildlife and plants stranded amid concrete, pavement and car smells — if it gets built — and it will go absolutely nowhere but to new developments.

Pasco County has failed since 1998 to convince the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Wildlife Service that we need the Ridge Road Extension.

And, even if the permit is finally granted, the SOS Coalition’s three attorneys will immediately file in federal court, suing the county. It will delay the project for a minimum of a decade, if not forever, killing the zombie highway to nowhere.

But enjoy this pretty website.! You’re paying for it, and for the blatant lie that we need another hurricane evacuation route. Hurricane Irma showed we do not. Don’t forget to look at the costs to pay for destroying one of west Pasco’s most peaceful, beautiful hiking, biking and horse-riding places.

Dan Callaghan, New Port Richey


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: 1 hour 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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

From Times wires
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