Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Fix sinkhole tax break before raising others' tax bills

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Before county commissioners approve a 24.5 percent property tax rate increase for Hernando County residents they need to address the tax revenue lost from unrepaired sinkhole homes.

This issue has been discussed numerous times, year yet nothing is ever done. People are filing sink hole claims with the help of an industry that reeks of fraud and then are rewarded with a 50 percent reduction in their taxable property value by the county. This after taking settlements in some cases equal to the value of the property and never making any real sinkhole repairs.

This situation is damaging Hernando County's reputation and putting an unfair burden on the majority of honest citizens of this county. The citizens of Hernando county should demand changes to these sinkhole issues before accepting any new property tax increases. Any commissioner that votes yes on such an increase should be sent packing next election.

James N. Payne, Spring Hill

Red light cameras

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Red light runners deserve a ticket. It is stop, look and then proceed. Rolling right-hand turns are a violation.

Darlene Huffman, Brooksville

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I passed by Spring Hill Elementary School and noticed the sign out front paid homage to two very deserving retiring office workers. But, nowhere does it mention Barbara Spivey, a teacher who also retired at the same time.

I first met Ms. Spivey when my son was enrolled in her kindergarten class 25 years ago. As one of her classroom volunteers, I was impressed by her gentle authority in teaching the basics and maintaining order over two dozen 5- and 6-year-old children. She dealt with all the parental concerns from nervous first-timers.

I don't know all the ins and outs of her career. But, what I do know is that thanks to her compassion, dedication and fantastic teaching ability, my son had a great start to his school years here in Hernando County.

So congratulations on her 34 years of outstanding service to the youngest and most impressionable of our school children.

Barbara Baehr, Spring Hill

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I was surprised and disappointed in Barbara Fredricksen's recent review of the Show Palace Dinner Theater. She loved the show and didn't enjoy the food.

A review that simply shared those opinions would be understandable. However, her intentionally snarky comments her in-depth description of just how distasteful she found the food to be, made it obvious this wasn't an objective review, it was an attack. When she negatively commented on the reduced number of food items offered, she failed to mention that the new summer menu was accompanied by a reduction in dinner/show ticket prices of over 30 percent.

If Miss Fredricksen can't review the Show Palace objectively, she should refrain from using the power of the press to harm a local business that provides numerous benefits to our community.

Stephen Schurdell, Hudson

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Thanks to the Hernando County Parks Department for resurfacing the tennis courts at Delta Woods Park.

I got to play on them last week and they were just beautiful. These courts get so much play and will get even more now that they have been repaired.

Judy Dalhaus, Weeki Wachee


Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

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Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

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Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

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Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

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Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18