Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 5

For whom the bell tolled

On Nov. 28, at 8:50 p.m., the bell tolled for citizens in North Central Pasco. The County Commission voted 4-1 to allow another limerock mine in their neighborhood.

Only Jack Mariano fought for the citizens, while his "colleagues" rocked in chairs and rolled their eyes as Jack brought to the fore, reason after reason, to deny the applicant.

Attorney Gennaro Scibelli presented multiple points of inconsistency with the comprehensive plan — why this application could not, should not be approved.

I followed with a factual presentation, real evidence, not calculations, on the impacts of the current Lago Verde Mine.

The citizens got three minutes. Testimony of damages to homes, frightened animals, the intrusion the current mine has in their lives. Dump trucks are clogging roads, dangerous conditions, dust, being startled by blasts, veterans with post traumatic stress regressing to battle. A retired Army captain with multiple deployments, an explosives expert, relayed real life experience. He indicated how close his home is to the new mine.

Adam Brooks has an autistic 2-year-old son. His son, when Lago Verde blasts, thrashes on the floor, pounding his head on the wall. All Adam can do is comfort him and try to get him to relax.

Commissioner Starkey magnanimously negotiated that 7 Diamonds would give him 15 to 45 minutes warning. Lago Verde provides 24 hours. Adam will have to deal with up to six blasts a month.

Barbara Wilhite, the applicant’s attorney, opined to the commissioners the opposition had "presented no competent, substantial expert" testimony. Ms. Wilhite, under Florida law citizens can provide expert testimony if factual. Mine was factual. I have never been adjudicated incompetent by any authority.

Bob Howell, Spring Hill

Re: Does Holiday need a new name? | Dec. 15 column

Name change would burden residents

I was surprised to hear that there is a proposal to change the name of our area — Holiday — to something else. Changing the name puts an undue burden on the residents in this area, as we would be responsible to change our address on everything — driver’s license, social security, medicare, insurance, bills, deeds, car titles — anything that has our address. This is not without cost to each of us as our time is money.

What would be more beneficial than eliminating the name of the area in order to give a better impression is to actually improve the area.

This could be done by more code enforcement activity, additional sheriff patrols, how about a sheriff substation at Universal Plaza, redevelopment of existing housing instead of tearing down more green space, improve streets and sidewalks, fix drainage, etc. Changing the name is like putting lipstick on a pig — it’s still a pig!

I can tell you from postings on Facebook, NextDoor and now letters to the editors of the papers that the majority are against this endeavor. And if it is just to assuage Guy Harvey at the expense of your residents, then that is just wrong.

I have been a resident of Holiday since 1997. I love the area and the name. I respectfully request you put a stop to this useless endeavor and put staff time toward improving the area.

Susan D. Dillinger, Holiday

Call to march for unity

On Jan. 15 at 10:15 a.m., people of good will who believe that diversity is a national strength will gather at two churches on Pine Hill Road — the Unity Church of Port Richey and the Union Missionary Baptist Church. With a prayer from Pastors Marty Newman and Sherwayne Philip, they will march to the former Booker T. Washington School at 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At a moment in our country’s history when Nazis and white supremacists marched in Virginia declaring their hatred of Jews and people of color, who will march on Jan. 15 in Port Richey to refute their unpatriotic and un-American beliefs?

After a year of division, and name-calling, and attempts by some to divide us by the color of our skin, our gender, our sexual identity, our country of origin, our disabilities, our religious beliefs, our choice of political parties, our personal finances, who will choose to march on Jan. 15 in Port Richey to honor a person who saw us all as equals, as Americans entitled to the freedom to choose and shape our destiny, and who asked us to treat others with the same decency and respect we wish for ourselves?

A new year is unfolding, and we will determine the kind of people and country we are by what we do and what we don’t do. It’s time to stand up, speak out and join with others to shape a community that we can respect, and that we deserve. Who will choose to march to celebrate Dr. King’s message of hope on Jan. 15? Take the first steps, and join us.

Daniel Callaghan, New Port Richey


Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

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 r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18