Saturday, March 17, 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


Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18