Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Environmental stewards must protect Florida's beauty

We must protect Florida's beauty

It's time to take control of the world we live in and specifically the state we live in. When the environmental experts were laid off and replaced with pro-business people, it was detrimental to our environment.

Though many of us are not from here, we moved here and travel here not only because of the tourist attractions, but for the beauty and nature that surrounds us here. We can enjoy tropical weather in the winter without leaving the continent. Florida is the top travel destination in the world, which makes it our responsibility to maintain our state's indigenous environment.

My family enjoys the nature of the area; we enjoy the parks, beaches and waterways regularly. Once you've done the attractions it's the many outdoor activities you can enjoy year round. We have endless bike trails, horse trails, beaches, fishing, many sports that can be enjoyed any month of the year.

We need to protect our community and put the environmental experts back to do the job they were trained to do and not let laymen decide our county and state's fate. What will be left for our future generations? Will our grandchildren experience the beauty we've come to love.

Debra Roach, New Port Richey

Grateful to have Jan Glidewell

In the great book, St. Mark has St. Peter say about the moment of transfiguration of the master "It is good for us to be here."

After reading Bill Stevens' column on his cohort and buddy, Jan Glidewell, the thought occurred to me that anytime I've ever been in the presence of Glidewell — either reading his column or in person at a concert, or a roast, or at a gathering — I've often thought to myself, "It is good for us to be here."

Jan Glidewell has that ability that no matter where he is, all those around feel that "it is good for us to be here." Throughout the years I've had the privilege of reading his many articles and the privilege of hearing him serve as master of ceremonies at Will McLean Music Festivals, and the privilege of hearing him lead roasts of various politicians and figures. And every time, I walk away saying to myself "It is good for us to be here."

What a legacy. What a gift to pass on: Sharing an intellectual thought and some humor, and the poignancy of a statement written or spoken. Because of Jan Glidewell, "It is good for us to be here."

I certainly admire Jan Glidewell's life and I admire his courage in the face of his present challenge.

William Lance Sutter, Spring Hill


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Published: 01/21/18

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

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Published: 01/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

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Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/22/18

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

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Published: 01/19/18

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

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Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

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Published: 01/17/18

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

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Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

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Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

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Published: 01/16/18