Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Not enough praise for our educators and staff in schools

Not enough praise for our educators

Here we are at the end to another school year. As we prepared for our last of three to make her commencement march at Nature Coast Technical High School, it occurred to me that you really don't read about gratitude toward to our educators. We read about the sports accolades, school grades, budget cuts and district problems, but we don't really read about the well-deserved thanks that should be afforded our local educators everyday.

I think all too often we get caught up in the job they have to do and that parents don't realize that those same educators are raising children at home and many of them juggle an extra job just like we do.

So, educators of Hernando County, thank you for educating our children. Thank you for putting up with nasty letters from parents and taking the blame when it probably wasn't always your fault. Thank you for having the best interest of our children at heart everyday when you go to school. Thank you for putting your life, your family, and your activities on hold because something else is going on at school that requires your attention. Thank you that even if negative publicity was brought to your school because of the choice of a co-worker. Thank you for not giving up and leaving. Thank you for being the best at what you do every day for the sake of our children.

We started this venture 15 years ago at Westside Elementary and have been through Suncoast, Chocachatti, Challenger K-8, Powell, Hernando and Nature Coast. It's not just the educators who deserve a special thank you but the principals, administrators, office staff, guidance counselors, librarians, clinic staff, lunch room ladies, and even the custodians.

Parents, talk to your kids. I guarantee you there are people at the school every single day encouraging your child, being a friend to your child and believing in your child when they are not believing in themselves.

Next time you want to get angry at your school take a deep breath and ask yourself first "How I can make this better?" Or, "how can we work together?" Those two questions will make your 13 educational years a much easier ride and I promise you that at the end you too will want to say "thank you" to each and every person that helped get your child across that stage.

Courtney Rinier, Masaryktown

Big dip on U.S. 19 is just plain silly

Seven days a week I drive from River Country Drive to Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19. Look at the ongoing paving job by DAB Construction. On the south side of U.S. 19, the dip is just plain silly. Coming back on the north side, it is even more silly.

The transition from old pavement to new is something of a joke. If you are behind a dump truck with a load of dirt, lookout. You'll think you are being shot at.

And, who the heck is watching the workers repainting the white arrows and lines on U.S. 19? They leave more of the sanded material on the highway than they pick up.

The worst part is the over spill. If you don't believe me, start driving south at River Country Drive. It's a shame.

Rich Vena, Spring Hill

Why wait until the well runs dry?

Columnist Dan DeWitt raises some interesting "why'' questions and is 100 percent right when he says it is time for the bureaucrats to get off their rear ends and find the answers. That probably won't happen.

Gov. Rick Scott has emasculated the water resource agencies and has staffed them with political flaks beholden to him. There is a big push to revive construction and Scott needs this to meet his promise of 700,000 more jobs. This will result in a lot more water being pumped and nothing will be done until the well runs dry and that will be to late.

John Ennis, Hudson

Garbage pickup is now stinky ordeal

Do our county commissioners know the situation with our new garbage company? The county got rid of Waste Management and got F Troop to save a few dollars.

Our garbage is picked up at 7 p.m. on our pick-up days. They have one man on the truck from 7 a.m. until finished. The garbage will lying there in the 90-degree heat all summer so the raccoons and cats and other pests can have a feast. And we customers get to enjoy the stink.

Why don't our elite commissioners get on the ball and fix the situation?

Ray Krisa Sr., Spring Hill

From chip bags to pavers May 17, article

Lessons in being green worthwhile

What a wonderful service Tandra Lamia from Suncoast Elementary School is doing and teaching.

My granddaughter Mikayla was a first-grader in Ms. Lamia's class and now, as a third grader, she is still practicing the lessons Ms. Lamia taught.

Mikayla rejoices in being "green" and "saving the environment." She has taught us, her grandparents, to save our snack bags and other collectible items for Ms. Lamia's recycling effort. When we fill a plastic newspaper bag with the empty snack bags, Mikayla proudly takes it in to school.

We are very happy to share in this environmental project and appreciate what Ms. Lamia and her students are doing. To teach not only her first-grade class, but all the students and faculty in the school and the families of Suncoast Elementary is highly commendable.

This is a life-learning experience for our young people that impacts their present and their future. At the same time the rewards reaped from all their efforts benefit the school and students greatly.

Thank you, Ms. Lamia and students at Suncoast Elementary.

Evelyn Weiss, Spring Hill


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Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/18/18

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Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

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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

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