Friday, December 15, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Candidates respond to Times recommendations

Editor's note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to respond.

Frank Grey

County Judge, Group 2

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 27 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: 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 57 years. I've donated many hours of legal services to the elderly and others in need - including the widow of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Endorsements: Police Benevolent Association and County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. For many others, please visit I ask for your vote on Nov. 6.

Ed Blommel

Pasco Tax Collector

I want to thank the Times for acknowledging my qualifications and stating they "would translate well to the duties of a constitutional office." It was disappointing to learn that the editorial board chose to recommend the incumbent that has been in office for 32 years.

More spending in the Tax Collector's Office is a sign of old government ideas of throwing money at the problem. I believe that new creative ways of facing the challenges ahead are needed and not two new county-owned super centers as proposed.

The choice for Pasco County voters is clear. A fresh, fiscally conservative leader that will be visible, involved and uses a common sense approach to future planning, or re-elect an incumbent who supports an old style of government to spend more and build more.

I am asking for your vote for Pasco County tax collector on Nov. 6.

Allison Newlon

Pasco Property Appraiser

My opponent may have served Pasco County well as commissioner years ago. More recently, however, his work ethic "hiccup" indicates his service is no longer adequate. I do not regret acknowledging his absenteeism.

I do regret that my multitasking remark was taken out of context and am disappointed the Pasco editor of editorials commented on it yet neglected to seek clarification of this perceived "gender bias" during the debate he moderated.

Ten years ago, my opponent unsuccessfully implemented an electronic tax filing system, a failure he now blames on Pasco County business owners and accountants. The truth is that technology then was not as streamlined as it is today. As your new property appraiser, I will leverage technology to provide better service to Pasco residents, and engage in community outreach programs to those with limited access to technology. Most importantly, unlike my opponent, I will provide proactive leadership and accountability to Pasco taxpayers.


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
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Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
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Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Updated: 6 minutes ago

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17