Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Blueberry Festival poses real threat

For civic well being, blueberries may do it March 23, Dan DeWitt column

Blueberry Festival poses real threat

Dan DeWitt wrote this statement: "And, most of all, you hear people making uninformed comments about the plans of the "Blueberry People" — as tennis instructor Judy Jeanette calls them — to destroy Hernando Park, its trees and its tennis courts."

Judy Jeanette is absolutely right. If the tennis courts are covered with plywood, the surfaces will be damaged according to a high school tennis coach. The cost to resurface one court is $20,000 and there are four courts.

The Brooksville Vision Foundation refuses to put anything in writing to back up their promise they will have the courts playable in a week or two after the Blueberry Festival.

The county commissioners voted 5-0 to give temporary use of the park to the city of Brooksville with no strings attached, which means they have an open door to do whatever they want. This includes trimming trees and bushes that provide shade for the tennis players. It also includes cutting down the historic oak tree behind the shuffleboard courts, which can be saved according to a local arborist Donna Becker.

The Brooksville Vision Foundation is going to turn our beautiful recreational park into a money-making machine as they plan to put up a fence and gates to restrict entry so they can charge fees for their events. The Blueberry Festival is not the only event planned for the park, so when would the tennis courts and playground ever be available to the public?

We don't oppose the Blueberry Festival, we do oppose having our park destroyed.

They need to choose another location.

Betty Dobson, Brooksville

Bright House keeps hiking price

It's now spring time once again and just like the clock moving forward, Bright House raises the cost of watching television. For the last four years, Bright House has raised its prices.

Many years go, TV was free. Advertisers paid the bill. Now, we have both advertisers and the customer footing the cost. This is what happens when no regulations are in order. Corporate America can do whatever it wants. Shame on Bright House!

Fred Hudak, Hudson

Timber Pines has earned reputation | March 23, letter

Get to know us before you judge

It is obvious the letter writer knows know nothing of the people in Timber Pines. He has not met any of us because if he had, I am sure we would remember him. His opinion of us is incorrect and so off base.

Timber Pines people, as a whole, are extremely generous people. We come from many walks of life and have worked hard to be able to live in this community. We opted for the light at Deltona Boulevard because of two lives that were lost because of no lights. The opinion that we didn't want to sit and wait before going in the oncoming traffic is totally wrong.

Regarding Kmart and Wal-Mart — if memory serves me, Kmart was cutting back and closing a good deal of stores in the Florida area. Wal-Mart had plans to build its new supercenter years ago. In other words, they were cutting back. The writer is misinformed. I wish he were more knowledgeable.

We are good people who care and who just want to live out our lives in peace and harmony. Talk to us. Find out who we are before accusing us of things that aren't so.

And, yes, there are some people in here who are so set in their ways that they make more of a situation that's necessary. But as a whole, Timber Pines people couldn't care less about these allegations.

Margaret Passero, Spring Hill

Rejecting federal aid is a false economy | March 18, C.T. Bowen column

Community needs public transit

I am a concerned citizen who relies on public transit. Having a disability and also being a low-income bus rider, I would like to address Jason Sager's comment in which he said THE Bus is a taxpayer burden.

I think he is wrong. All economists agree that the potential economic growth of a community is directly linked to its public transit. Public transit is not an entitlement, it is a need. This county offers more for potential industry than any other surrounding counties. I would like to hear Sager's comment on Pasco County Public Transportation, which is much bigger than Hernando, and see if he thinks PCPT is a taxpayer burden as well.

I ride the bus almost every day here in Hernando and did so in Pasco County as well when I was a student at Marchman Technical Education Center. I was in a program that shows you travel training and using buses. The two systems are safe and reliable.

Imagine yourself or a loved one losing their means of transportation. What would you do? How would you get to work? How would you get medical care?

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18