Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Closed U.S. 19 access creates danger

Closed U.S. 19 access dangerous

Why did someone close the safe access to get from Sealawn Drive onto the southbound lanes of U.S. 19?

Now, you have to contend with the numerous U-turns, other traffic that comes across Olsen Road and the red light traffic from Forest Oaks Boulevard.

It's a very dangerous situation, if you ask me. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this. I think maybe a little bit more local input would have made a big difference. If you don't live here, I guess it didn't pertain to you.

Someone should look at this. It may save a few people from getting into serious wrecks or even save lives.

Lilly Hogue, Spring Hill

Sandy relief bill loaded with pork | Jan. 24, letter

Congress' delays let pork pile up

The Hurricane Sandy relief bill is loaded with pork. Yes, that is true but had the House voted on the original bill from the Senate in the previous Congress it would have had a lot less pork attached to it.

The Sandy relief bill from the Senate sat in the House for over three months in 2012. Since the House failed to vote on the legislation in 2012 which that bill had less pork or almost none.

Fast forward to the new Congress. The Congress split the bill into two parts. That gave the Senate and House plenty of time to add pork to the bill with Senate Minority leader McConnell adding the most pork. During all this time where was Rep. Rich Nugent? Nowhere to be found!

The letter writer calls that leadership? I call that malfeasance of office.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill

Fliers point way to vacant homes

We have a problem that needs to be addressed. Three different companies have been distributing unsolicited local fliers. There are houses in our neighborhood, empty for months, even years, that have 10 or more papers accumulating on driveways, walkways and lawns. Common sense and a little courtesy would help.

The area has many seasonal dwellings along with abandoned properties. This unsightly mess is an invitation to vandals and squatters. When the delivery person sees piles of unclaimed papers, please do not add to it.

Dan Greene, Spring Hill

Look beyond the disability

It's hard to think back to the time before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 when people with disabilities where not given a chance or to be in the community where they live.

That can still sometimes happen when what I call mainstream people think you're really not disabled when in fact you are. I was born in 1988 with cerebral palsy. Doctors told my mother and father that I would never be able to do things like walk. Well, thanks to my dad, I can walk. I am also grateful that my case is not severe enough to put me in a wheelchair.

There are times where my disability can be hard to deal with. Trying to get me to drive a car didn't happen.

But, it's not what disabled people can't do, but what we are able to overcome. That's what people need to look at the most. Look at the person not the disability.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litigants would ...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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