Friday, December 15, 2017
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


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...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Updated: 4 hours 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