Tuesday, April 24, 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


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18