Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

GOP was asset in campaign

Party agenda curtails choice Oct. 10, guest column

GOP made race a great experience

This was my first time running for office. It was difficult for me, my wife and my family. I felt the real pressure of a campaign. I have a great deal of respect for any individual running for office. And even though I lost, it was a great learning experience; a positive learning experience.

The Republican Party and other conservatives were respectful, kind and willing to offer advice when asked. Chairman Blaise Ingoglia took the time to meet with me personally, inquired of my goals, offered assistance and gave sound advice about what was to come. He personally called me the night of the election to wish me good luck and most importantly congratulated me on a job well done, even though I lost the race. He was fair to each candidate. Other members of the Republican Executive Committee congratulated me as well, even though I am not yet a member.

I also realized one opponent, Shirley Anderson, had been a major part of the Republican establishment for a long time and I still felt I was treated fairly. I was proud to be part of this group. The Republican clubs invited me to speak at their functions as well. These individuals were passionate and concerned about their family and country. That is one common goal I shared with them.

I thank the citizens of Hernando County, Blaise Ingoglia, the Republican Party and other community organizations, who with open arms have shown me kindness, wisdom and respect. At 38 now, I am still proud to be a resident of this county.

Jason Yungmann, Brooksville

Nickerson not getting fair deal

Does anyone else see the incongruity in the way in which current County Administrator Len Sossamon is treating the chief of the Hernando County Fire Department, Mike Nickerson? Give the poor guy a break.

First, he was criticized for Animal Services euthanizing Zeus too quickly. Now, he is being reprimanded for not euthanizing another dog at the county shelter quickly enough.

It seems the man can't win. And this occurred while Mike Nickerson was on vacation.

Mike Grab, Spring Hill

Shirley Anderson for elections supervisor Oct. 14, recommendation

Anderson misled voters in mailer

Your editorial stated, "How people behave as a candidate is often a review of how they will conduct themselves as elected officials."

Shirley Anderson has definitely shown she is a politician when she willingly misled the voters in her mailer and at citizen forums.

Is this the kind of person we want for the next supervisor of elections? Has it become so common place that it's okay for a politician to stretch the truth while campaigning? I would hope not.

Regina Webb, Spring Hill


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy 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.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

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

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
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