Sunday, January 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Eliminate sewage plant odor

Eliminate odor at sewage plant

I wrote several years ago regarding the horrible odor coming from the sewage treatment plant on Osowaw Boulevard near U.S. 19 and Spring Hill Drive.

A while back I read that the problem would be eliminated, I believe, after relocation of the plant. It's been a few years, so what is the time frame? How much longer do residents have to be assaulted by these repulsive odors?

The odor travels as far south as Timber Pines and, if your car windows or vents are open, the smell goes through the entire car and it lingers. Is no one else offended?

Can the new commissioners tackle and resolve this situation once and for all? Please, try to remedy this.

Eileen Spadea, Weeki Wachee

Tree-lighting sparks memories

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas is all I could think of as I walked away from the courthouse square last week. The tree-lighting ceremony was so meaningful in many ways. As for my personal feelings, it brought back so many family traditions that I had never forgotten but somehow put in the background.

The evening brought it back loud and clear — the real reason for the season. It must have looked like a picture postcard to people who were just coming into the square. There was the beautiful tree, all the Christmas poinsettias and downtown Brooksville merchants opening their doors for an evening visit.

There was so much musical talent, too. They all were so good I did not want the evening to end. Of course, every community has its share of those much-needed, behind-the-scenes hard workers who pull it all together and make it seem so easy:- Lindsay Morgan with the city of Brooksville, Brenda Frazier, Rick Foti, Richard Johnson and crew, all with Hernando County. And, thank you Randi Olsen and Jason Yungman for making the evening so much fun for everyone.

I am looking forward to next December already. Please be there again with another Christmas program to introduce all of us of all ages to another Christmas season. The community responded, and did you notice? It is growing every year.

Julia Jinkens, Brooksville

Boaters must be safe on water

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary teaches numerous safe boating courses throughout the year. Our list of 2013 courses will be published shortly. In the meantime, please remember to boat safely.

All passengers should be wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket whenever under way. Children's life jackets should fit snugly but not too tight. There are many stylish and comfortable styles to choose from for children and adults. Most boating fatalities are from drowning due to not wearing a life jacket. Remember that one drink on land equals three on the water and BUI laws will be enforced.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is always happy to give your vessel a free safety inspection. We will come to your boat wherever you keep it. Don't wait until an emergency to find out what safety and emergency equipment you should have on your boat. Call John at (352) 596-2823 to set up an appointment.

Joanne Fessel, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-08, Hernando Beach


Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18