Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Candidates not recommended by Tampa Bay Times respond


Frank Grey Pasco County Court Judge

My experience is what voters are looking for in a county judge.

Experience: Most matters considered in county court involve areas of law in which I have over 26 years of experience, including 12 as a Supreme Court certified mediator.

Proper demeanor: For 18 years I've been chosen as special magistrate to the county's Value Adjustment Board; conducting hearings judiciously, fairly, respectfully, weighing evidence and consistently applying the law.

Leadership, community service: A lifelong Pasco resident, I've been president of the West Pasco Bar and New Port Richey Rotary, served on boards of local nonprofit organizations, and been a regular church parishioner for 50 plus years. I've donated many hours of legal services to the elderly and others in need — including the widow of a war casualty.

Endorsements: Police Benevolent Association and County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. For many others, please visit frankgrey4judge.com. I ask for your vote on Aug. 14.

Donald Stephenson Pasco School Board, District 2

The omission of my opponent's shortcomings indicate the writer's own personal bias. The recommendation stated that Mrs. Hurley "refused to rubber stamp administrative recommendations" and yet she possesses a shocking 100 percent "yea'' voting record. Somehow that was irrelevant. Also omitted, the fact that Mrs. Hurley has taken thousands of dollars from special interests - teachers unions, PACs and entities that do business with the board. And it is ironic that the Times would criticize my platform's focus on fiscal issues when Joanne Hurley has no platform whatsoever.

Calling me "contradictory" because I oppose IB but advocate for magnet schools is akin to saying "you can't like ice cream unless you like every flavor." I was extremely clear that I wanted to see Pasco add additional magnet options. This face was omitted deliberately. The dishonest nature of this recommendation is glaring. Visit stephenson4pasco.com to get the real story.

Heather Fiorentino School Superintendent, Republican

The children of Pasco County have benefitted from Heather Fiorentino's leadership. Pasco's graduation rate has skyrocketed since 2000, improving over 20 percentage points to 88.5 percent. Pasco has earned an outstanding grade of A or B each year Heather Fiorentino has been superintendent and was ranked as the top performing school district in the Tampa Bay area. Two recent, independent studies have issued glowing findings of the district's performance and Heather Fiorentino's leadership.

Heather Fiorentino has served the people of Pasco during difficult times, facing unprecedented financial shortfalls and increased federal and state expectations. Pasco's students continue to shine, which is a testament to her skillful leadership. Their success should be the primary factor in determining who should lead Pasco's school system.

It is surprising that you would recommend a double-dipper with no education experience over an educator who has a proven track record of securing positive outcomes for children.


Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/18/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17