Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

City of Brooksville makes recycling easy

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Kudos to the Brooksville City Council for making it so easy to recycle. We never minded separating the recyclables because we always felt we were keeping the land greener for future generations. But the new system is so much handier there really is no excuse for people not to recycle.

With free bags and recycling so easy, maybe we could pick up garbage just one time per week instead of twice. Think of all the landfill space that would save.

Keep sending the notices along with the water bill. My wish is that someday recycling will be mandatory.

Jan Kalnbach, Brooksville

Shooting spotlights policies Nov. 4, article

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The officers need more training and definitely more compassion.

A good model to follow would be the same as Lee County. They have specific officers who are crisis intervention team (CIT) trained.

I have a relative with schizophrenia who lived in Lee County. She was on a first name basis with CIT officers who were protecting her. After all, is it not in the oath, to protect and serve?

Please have the Hernando County deputies take a look at the Lee County model of protection of the mentally ill.

Susan Phillips, Weeki Wachee

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I have had the privilege of serving the residents of Hernando County for the past 10 years as a member of the Florida Senate. Thank you for allowing me to be your voice in Tallahassee. During the past decade I have met some of the finest people I will ever know. It has been an honor and a pleasure representing the various communities that make up Hernando County.

Now that I will be moving back to the Florida House of Representatives my district will be reduced to one that is solely contained within Pasco County. Even though I will no longer be your elected official, I know that I leave you in the good hands of the state representative and state senator that now will be your advocate in the Capitol.

Please know that even though you no longer live in my district I am still available to serve you if needed. I will continue to maintain my toll-free number (800-948-5885), which is for constituents to use when calling from outside the (727) area code. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you ever need my help. May God bless each and every one of you.

Rep.-elect Mike Fasano, New Port Richey

Shedding light on Alzheimer's

November is national Alzheimer's disease month. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will participate in national candle lighting day. It is a good time for us to stop for a minute and consider the impact of the disease on Alzheimer's patients and the implications for the future.

Currently, this terrible disease is affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. It affects 1 in 10 people at age 65 and half of the people at age 85. With the advancing baby boomers, experts predict that up to 16 million people will be affected by the year 2030. Those who are or have been caregivers of an Alzheimer's disease patient know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain that is involved.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local organization that offers a number of services and programs to help families dealing with the many responsibilities of caregiving for an Alzheimer's disease or dementia patient. Memory loss is the first indicator that a person may have a problem, possibly the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

It is very important to get a diagnosis early. This allows valuable time for the patient and family to make unhurried decisions on medical treatment and address important financial concerns.

On Nov. 13, we offer free memory screenings to anyone who feels he or she may be experiencing memory loss. For information, contact our main office at (727) 848-8888 or toll free at 1-888-496-8004.

Dominick DePetrillo, executive director, Alzheimer's Family Organization


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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
Updated: 05/21/18

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