Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Country living includes country noise and odor

Peacocks vs. neighbors Feb. 17 article

Surprise: Nature can be noisy

Give me a break from these Johnny-come-lately city folk who move to rural Hernando County and then begin whining about a barking dog or, in this case, a peacock's call.

I have lived in the northeast of Hernando County for 25 years and have known Bernard Iscla for 27 years. He has lived on his five-acre ranchette longer than I have known him, he has kept and bred peacocks and exotic birds for more than 30 years.

Now comes the Horaks who love the outdoors and like to garden, but don't seem to like the sounds of nature.

Well, surprise: People who live in the country keep and raise livestock, whether it be horses, cows, hogs, donkeys, chickens or exotic birds. Another surprise: Livestock whine, moo and crow at 5 a.m. And, horror of horrors, sometimes the animals smell.

Bernard Iscla is a good and decent man and neighbor who doesn't deserve this nonsense from interlopers.

Roland Medeiros, Brooksville

Award for woman's shooting is misguided | Feb. 15, Dan DeWitt column

Shooting didn't have to happen

I completely agree with columnist Dan DeWitt's comments regarding the award of valor resulting from the tragic and avoidable death of Inga Marie Swanson.

An officer of any police force takes an oath of duty to protect their citizens from harm, be it to others or to themselves. Clearly Ms. Swanson was in distress, vulnerable and a possible threat to herself and others. From her action's it appears she could have been Baker Acted for her own well being.

Once the officers confronted her and noted her need of assistance, they should have remained with her, attempted to assist her and if necessary constrain her until the summoned help arrived. That should have been their compassionate and responsible duty as officers of the police, whether on or off duty. What happened next was a tragic and avoidable loss of life and I sympathize with Ms. Swanson's family as well as the involved officers, as I am sure they continue to question themselves as to what they should have done and their remorse at taking a human life.

However, this tragic event was not an act of valor and Sheriff Nienhuis should not have pursued it. Unfortunately, today many organizations become so focused on maintaining their image that they make misguided decisions — decisions that tarnish the true value of clear and unquestioned acts of valor in the eyes on all.

Donald R. Ruths, Lt. Colonel, USAF, retired, Brooksville

Police had no choice but to act

Have you heard of 20/20 hindsight? That's what they say people have who begrudge law enforcement officers for receiving a medal of valor for killing an armed, naked woman.

It turns out the woman's gun was not loaded and it was broken. How were the officers to know? A gun in the hands of a person is a threat to kill. If it's aimed at a law enforcement officer, he has no choice but to defend himself.

For those who fell the officers acted in haste, please reconsider and pat the officers on the back with a "well done.''

Nick Morana, Spring Hill


Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18