Sunday, December 10, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Don't downplay government regulations

Businesses need to be regulated

I recently received a mailer from the Romney camp touting what he plans on doing as president. One blurb says he is going to eliminate government regulations for businesses. While that sounds good on paper, we need regulations to keep the crooks in line.

How do I know that there isn't a secret recording where Romney and Gov. Scott conspire to fill in the Green Swamp and build an asbestos factory? That would create jobs and our drinking water could be shipped in by a Republican buddy-owned shipping company. Sounds great on paper but there are those nasty government regulations holding up the bulldozers.

Mike Kuziel, Wesley Chapel

Partisan presentation at Gulf High broke district rules Oct. 17, article

Response sends wrong message

No laws broken? No one misrepresented themselves as being from the Supervisor of Elections Office when they were not? No, is the answer of school officials? This is very wrong.

Here are the answers in written emails (internal school board documents) from school officials at three different high schools when questioned about those who registered students from the Obama campaign.

"As far as I know, both the gentlemen here were volunteers from the Supervisor of Elections Office." "But my impression is he was a volunteer form the Supervisor of Elections Office." "It was our understanding from them that they were here from Brian Corley's office."

Now three different officials, at three different times, in three different schools, all came to the same conclusion. No school district policy or crime committed here? Come on.

Here is the teachable moment for our Pasco County students. Cheating is acceptable behavior. Shame on all of you in this whitewash.

James V. Mathieu, Port Richey

Vote against Penny for Pasco

In March 2004, Pasco County voters approved the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase (dubbed "Penny for Pasco") in hopes that the crowded conditions in our schools and the gridlock on our roads would disappear.

I opposed the tax because I believed that approval would take pressure off the School District and County Commission to establish and maintain impact fees on developers at levels that would make them pay for necessary infrastructure for their new developments. I was right.

Voters were promised that property taxes would be lowered by a half mill in the form of the School Capital Outlay Tax. The millage rate dropped from 2 mills to 1.5 mills, as promised. However, the state Legislature later reduced the maximum millage to 1.75 mills. Rather than reducing our millage to 1.25, it stayed the same right up through this year. So over the past several years, instead of getting the promised half-mill reduction, we have only been getting a quarter-mill reduction.

Another troubling aspect of the new sales tax is that 20 percent of the county's proceeds will go to "economic development and job creation." That is code for corporate welfare. People in Pasco County in low-paying jobs, living from paycheck to paycheck and able to buy only the necessities, will have the privilege of funding businesses where they are unlikely to ever get a job with a good paycheck.

So if you are a fan of gridlock on the roads, tolls to avoid the gridlock, crowded schools and corporate welfare, then vote for the millions-for-developers tax. If not, vote no and tell the County Commission and school district to make developers pay for their impacts out of their profits, not out of your pocket.

Dennis Smith, Wesley Chapel


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Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

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Published: 12/07/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

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Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

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Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

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Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

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Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

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Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

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Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

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Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17

Friday’s letters: Allegations from distant past have political tinge

Published: 11/30/17