Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 29

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

Name change won’t affect demographics

I found C.T. Bowen’s article on the name change very interesting. However, changing a name of this community will not change the demographics one wit.

Also, have you people given any thought to why 46 percent of the people in Holiday are unemployed? Surely you must know that most of these people are retired. These people chose this area because that is what they could afford, and their income was adequate at the time of their retirement and has eroded over time.

The fact that one in four live in poverty is probably related to the low income and public housing that the county placed here. That the county then turns around and calls the area economically distressed is laughable, since they contributed greatly to that. I don’t see them placing any low income housing in the Wesley Chapel area. Why is that? Ask the County Commission that, I’m sure the answer will be a super spin.

If Pasco County wishes to improve and rejuvenate Holiday, all it needs to do is enforce its codes. Cleaning the weeds and trash from our roads would greatly improve the area’s look.

When people see the county doing its job and cleaning the public areas, they will start cleaning their own properties. People are willing to do their part but the county must do theirs, especially in the older developments of the county.

Steve Rehlinger, Holiday

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

Leave the name Holiday alone

I read with great interest the article in the Pasco Times regarding changing the name of Holiday to something else.

1. No matter how Holiday’s name came about, labeling the area as "economically distressed" is not a true picture. The ZIP code 34690 was mentioned. What about the ZIP code 34691, which is Holiday, too?

2. What about the communities of Ballie’s Bluff, Ibis, Vista Lakes, Gulf Trace, Key Vista, Sand Bay, Gulf Winds?

If Kelly Miller of the Colonial Hills Civic Association is so unhappy with the perception of her community, then change the name of Elfers and areas east of U.S. 19. If they are truly a community in recovery, then maybe a new name would be a good thing — for them.

Changing the name of Holiday would be a giant mistake for our community. Any change would affect our postal addresses, maps, GPS, census, voter registration, driver’s licenses and so on.

Changing the name is not going to change the public’s perception of the area, nor the economy.

We love our little slice of rural Florida. We know that it is going to change, but leave our Holiday name alone. We are proud to live in Holiday.

Linda Butler, Holiday

Facebooks is no place to post arrest photos

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has a history of posting degrading and unnecessary social media posts about people who have been arrested. I do not believe that arrest photos and mug shots should be posted on social media and certainly not the way the sheriff’s office does it.

I realize that arrest records are public information, but there is a difference between going to find the information and having it automatically show up in your Facebook feed. The Facebook posts often are written in an attempt to publicly shame those arrested, which is an antiquated and ineffective way of shaping behavior. The sheriff’s office also seems to be selective in which mug shots they post. And then there’s that basic American principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

On Dec. 19, the sheriff’s office added a Facebook post requesting information on the whereabouts of Tori Maurency in the two weeks before she was found deceased. The post included identifying information, details of her criminal record and her mug shot. I respect the need to gather information, but I believe this could have been handled differently. In fact, the Tampa Bay Times posted an article regarding the request for information and was able to leave out specifics of her arrest record and did not include any photos.

Regardless of her circumstances, behavior, or arrest record, Tori Maurency is someone’s daughter, could be someone’s sister or mother, and likely is someone’s friend or partner. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has shown zero amount of regard for human dignity, although I’m sure the claim will be just the opposite. They have much more effective ways of gathering information than posting on Facebook. And if they don’t, then all the more to my point.

Kelly Smith, Wesley Chapel


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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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

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Updated: 6 hours ago

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

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
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