Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Elect candidates who will promote plan for Hernando to train its own workers

Building a workforce | Sept. 3, article

Training school idea needs leaders

The writers make it sound like Jeff Roth the owner of Chasco Machine and Manufacturing and Michael McHugh, the county business development manager, are the only two people concerned about training workers here in Hernando County.

Mr. McHugh is correct in his assessment concerning the need for the education and training needed here in the county. He is working hard to get the school administrators and the county administration to do something about the problem. However, he is not the only one that is concerned about this problem.

The School Board and the current county commissioners can't think of anything except cutting their budgets. That is why we must elect people who are willing to step forward and promote programs that help the people here in Hernando County. We must look for ways to provide this type of education and training so this county can grow. The developers of this area have done nothing but create a bedroom community. In doing so our younger generation must leave the county to get the education and training. Once they leave they don't return. They go on to other locations where they can earn a decent wage.

We have a chance to elect people willing to look for creative ideas to finance this type of training and education. I have attended several candidate forums and, so far, I have only heard two candidates say anything about the need for these programs. Candidate Arlene Glantz has been actively working on this very subject. She deserves credit for moving forward on this problem even though she is not a member of the current county administration.

Harvey Martin, Spring Hill

Red light crashes can be serious | Sept. 2, letter

Practice caution at traffic lights

I had to agree with the letter writer regarding the dangers of running red lights.

The case going to court is not about whether a red light was driven through, but a matter of the driver who is to blame. A vehicle isn't guilty of a crime, but the driver is. The case is to determine that a driver, but perhaps not the vehicle's owner, was the one who drove through the light. If you lend your car to a neighbor and they barrel through a red light, at this time, you the owner will be given a ticket. That isn't fair. The case is to make that point.

If the city of Brooksville is going to use red-light cameras, it needs to monitor the rolling right turns, too. I see more people totally disregard the law on right-turn-on-red than I see blowing through intersections.

The law reads that a driver may turn right on a red signal after coming to a complete stop and yielding the right-of-way to all pedestrians and other traffic. It also covers stopping before entering the cross walk. Bike riders and pedestrians are completely disregarded by most drivers wanting to turn right on red signals or from stop signs, too.

People roll through the right turns, see some traffic approaching and stop to avoid a collision. Unfortunately for them, the car that behind them, doing the rolling-red-light turn also, doesn't stop in time and the first driver gets rear-ended. Spring Hill Drive at U.S. 19 is a perfect example.

Thirty seconds for safety is a good investment.

Larry Franklin, Spring Hill

Close encounter with 'angry white guy' at theater | Sept. 1, Barbara Fredricksen column

Hippies caused social unrest

In Ms. Fredricksen's Sept. 1 column, she mentioned after the '50s and '60s review at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre she was approached by an "angry white man" who stated basically the hippies in the show caused all the problems in the '60s. She stated she grew up in the '60s and they weren't the problem.

After I got out of the U.S. Navy I went on the New York Police Department and was stationed in Manhattan. Perhaps Ms. Fredricksen should have spent my first five years (1968-73) as an officer taking time away from the safety of the citizens. That was because all we did was respond to demonstrations where we had to dodge plastic bags of urine being thrown from roof tops.

We watched as colleges had windows broken and were covered in graffiti. When they got out of hand the mounted unit would arrive because walking horses through the crowd would help break it up. But alas these gentle people found a way to handle that. They threw marbles on the ground causing the horses to fall and one even fractured his leg.

I'm sure you're sad the hippies are no more but you still have the occupiers. Now I ask Ms. Fredricksen one big favor and please answer me in the next column. Would she have used the same phrase if it was a black man?

Gene Huber, Spring Hill

Policies led to our trade downfall

If you're old enough, you know the real cause of today's economic ills — it was the foreign trade policies of the 1960s which led to the destruction of the U.S. manufacturing base.

The beginning of the end for our economy was allowing the importation of Japanese vehicles. In the early 1960s, Japan began exporting motorcycles to the U.S. By the end of the 1960s, building on its overwhelming success, Japan exported automobiles to this country.

Presidents Kennedy and Johnson were in the White House at the time, so it was supposed pro-union Democratic presidents who set the wheels in motion for the takeover of American industry.

Richard Golden, San Antonio


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18