Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Commissioner Mulieri's animal advocacy is spreading

Compassion for animals praised

I have to congratulate Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri for her dedication and compassion for the animals at Pasco County Animal Shelter in Land O'Lakes.

I have been a critic of the care and management of the shelter for many months. Many adoptable and healthy animals have been euthanized for no reason, with little effort to find them homes.

After last week's County Commission meeting, change is on the way. The county approved a plan for a 90 percent live release rate. Compared to the once-dismal 19 percent rate of 2011, this is a great victory for all involved. The dreaded building C is being remodeled with air conditioning added to the once-horrendous conditions for these helpless animals.

It will mean community effort and volunteer involvement to make this work. I work with a wonderful group of passionate people who work day and night to find adopters and rescues. Please spay and neuter your pets. Again, thanks to Commissioner Mulieri for her passion.

Susan Squires, Port Richey

Voters now want government to act

Thank you to the hundreds of Democratic volunteers who made the phone calls and knocked on the doors. The president's 71,000-vote victory in Florida is testimony to how important your efforts were.

Thank you to: our local candidates who knowingly and willingly faced great odds; the staff of the Supervisor of Elections Office and Brian Corley for a job well done; those donors who repeatedly replaced stolen signs and donated in record amounts, and most importantly to the voters who made democracy work.

It is a fact that overwhelmingly the candidate with the most money wins. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling has impacted State and local election dramatically. The large influx of out-of-county money influenced the Pasco election. Republican candidates for local county offices, (not state or federal) spent $770,210 while Democratic candidates spent $138,000. In all, $1,121,784 was spent to influence the vote for local candidates.

There is an outpouring of concern over the control of the democratic process going to the highest donor or richest candidate. Times may not be a-changing fast enough but at least the undue influence of money in politics has reached a level of concern even at the local level.

Pasco voters now want to know "where's the beef?'' They are tired of ideological-based politics. They want local and state government that is responsive to their needs. They have learned that tax cuts accompanied by fee increases, privatization leading to less service and increased costs, while rewarding big political donors is not in their best interest. They do not want more government, they want more responsive government.

Voters in Pasco want better schools, insurance premium relief and a local government that provides infrastructure to support a quality of life that attracts residents and employers.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson, chairman, Pasco Democratic Executive Committee

Elections chief, staff did great job

I congratulate Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley and his terrific staff for doing a great job with the election. The Pasco results were completed by 11 p.m. election night and the lines were not bad at all.

I filed to run for Mosquito Control in March. Mr. Corley's staff was always available to help answer questions. I was always treated with respect from his staff and, although I did not win my race, I found the experience to be great. Mr. Corley's staff is the most pleasant government staff I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. We are lucky to have such great public employees here in Pasco.

Shanon "Randy" Holm, Land O'Lakes


Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18