Friday, September 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 22

County fails to protect community

On Nov. 28, Pasco County approved Dr. James P. Gills Jr.’s Seven Diamonds 25-year limestone permit, even though multiple residents spoke about the impacts to their homes, deteriorating well water, and overwhelming dump truck traffic from Lago Verde Mine and Seven Diamonds sand mine on two-lane US 41.

Prior to the hearing, each commissioner individually received huge binders that included pictures, affidavits, firsthand accounts on blasting impacts, damage, well impacts, reduced property values, noise, dangerous dump truck traffic on two-lane U.S. 41 from the current mines and the potential for sinkholes.

Limestone blasting impacts are being felt at a greater distance than stated by the mine "expert" paid by Seven Diamonds.

When residents spoke about the "earthquake" impacts to their homes and wells, the mine "expert" insulted all of us by stating it was perception and that in reality it was more like a door slamming.

Then the mine lawyer got up and said that as laymen experiencing these impacts, we aren’t experts and so our voices don’t count.

Mike Moore, Mike Wells, Ron Oakley, and Kathryn Starkey sided with the multimillionaires by approving a third mine here and once again failed to protect this community.

Stefanie Schatzman, Spring Hill

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

Idea to rename Holiday is outrageous

I just finished reading C.T. Bowen’s article about possibly renaming the town of Holiday and my utter outrage at this proposal has urged me to write to you. Instead of confusing and annoying residents with a pointless and outrageously expensive, time-consuming name change, how about demolishing abandoned buildings, taking care of code violations or getting rid of the drug houses and criminals in the area?

Capitalize on the lovely name of Holiday by decorating the town and promoting it for the winter holidays.

Do not force every Holiday resident and business to have to change their driver’s license, registrations, banking information and every little thing with their address on it.

Help Holiday instead of hurting it.

Linda Lyles, Port Richey


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

Monday’s 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 — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

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Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Genshaft made USF a first choice for top students

Genshaft legacy isa stronger USF | Editorial, Sept. 11Genshaft made USF a first choiceTampa Bay is a significantly stronger business community due to the leadership of retiring USF President Judy Genshaft. With degrees from Davidson and Duke, I m...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/11/18