Thursday, June 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


Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18