Saturday, April 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 9

Re: Survey says: ‘Yes’ for parks and libraries | Feb. 2

Death by a thousand cuts is the way I feel.

The library head says there are over 200,000 card holders. Has the list ever been purged? People come and go.

When they talk about funding for parks and libraries, they are not specific about how the money is to be spent and if it is necessary. Compared to other needs in Pasco, what’s needed most?

As a resident taxpayer in Pasco County, I am against the increase. They tend to minimize the monthly cost. In other counties in Florida, there are multiple MSTU (Municipal Service Taxing Units) on top of regular real estate taxes. Unfortunately, the lemmings often vote for more taxes. The Penny for Pasco never ends.

Too many Pasco residents live on small incomes, and many retirees don’t get pay raises. The insatiable appetite for additional taxes is typical of politicians.

Frank Hill, Hudson

Re: Walk leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 11 column

Yes, as a fairly new resident of Pasco County, there seems to be an influx of trash on our road shoulders, medians and highway bushes. In our area, we have a handful of citizens who pick up regularly around our community, along with our quarterly clean-up close to our community.

Can Pasco County utilize inmate trustees or people doing community service to assist with clean-up?

Pasco County, please make it a goal that all your field vehicles on the road pick up daily the signs that people post on poles or stick in the ground; this is another form of trash.

Pasco County has a new tourism director to attract more people to our county. Please start with cleaning up all our roadways of trash, including back roads. Remember, people use them as a cut-through.

I have a pick-up truck and, on several occasions, I have dropped off to the dump items I find on the road: TVs, printers, tires, along with the usual roadside litter.

Pasco County, please consider "Green Up Day" quarterly for citizens to volunteer to pick up trash.

D. Volpe, Hudson


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

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18