Thursday, February 22, 2018
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


Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18