Thursday, April 26, 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


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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