Monday, July 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 30

Worried about water

As an owner in Gulf Island Beach and Tennis Resort, the recent sale of the adjacent lot to Sunset Phase 4 has me quite concerned in respect to our water supply. Our current water pressure is less than perfect, and if we had a catastrophic fire, I’m skeptical that there would be enough water on the island to accommodate.

Hopefully this issue will be looked into. Thanks.

Jacki Kearney, Hudson

County lagging in recycling efforts

In the late 1980’s while I was the solid waste manager, Pasco’s existing landfill was rapidly filling. The county took steps to minimize the amount buried with the construction of the Resource Recovery Facility and adjacent West Pasco Class I & III Landfill. The facility was designed and built to accommodate a fourth 350 ton-per-day unit.

In the same time frame, the state mandated all counties to conduct recycling. The county responded by initiating voluntary blue-bag recycling, excluding newspaper and cardboard. As the county population grew and the facility began to reach capacity, the county failed to require mandatory curbside recycling. Nor did they look to construct the fourth unit.

I am appalled at the lack of knowledge of what recycling accomplishes, especially for a county with a burn facility. First, glass recycling removes material from the waste stream that adds no fuel value. The paper component has fuel value, but takes up capacity for waste that can’t be recycled other than by converting to electrical energy. Mandatory recycling is 10-20 years past due.

Furthermore, the lack of understanding of solid waste management economics by those in charge is amazing. It is costing the county at least $35-40 per ton to landfill un-recycled glass. Solid waste shipped to a non-county landfill exposes the county to cleanup costs if something goes wrong. The delay in expanding the resource recovery facility has resulted in an increase in capital costs while losing valuable landfill capacity, a cost of at least $100 per ton to permit and construct.

Effective solid waste management needs to start ASAP before the price increases more. Firing workers does not fix the problem, commissioners.

George Ellsworth, Dade City


Monday’s letters: Make investment in the Rays an actual investment with an actual return

Paying for ballpark will take teamwork | Editorial, July 12An actual return on investmentMuch attention has been given to the cost of the proposed Rays stadium in Ybor City and who will foot the bill. The three-legged stool of the Rays, the busin...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18