Saturday, November 18, 2017
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


Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

Hillsborough school district in financial, leadership crisis | Nov. 5, editorialSchool district’s achievementsWhile I respect the Times’ editors and acknowledge our district is facing financial challenges (facing them head-on, in fact), I feel it...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17