Wednesday, March 21, 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


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

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Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

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Published: 03/19/18

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Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

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Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

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Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

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Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

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Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

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Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

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Published: 03/13/18