Monday, September 24, 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, Iím 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 1980ís while I was the solid waste manager, Pascoís 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 canít 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


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: 9 hours 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...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18

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

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Published: 09/17/18

Mondayís 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 ó in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18