Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Hernando airport's name not worth expensive fight

Airport's name not worth fight

At what moment will the Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport include the input of aviation professionals and not be run by a puppet, a puppeteer and a puppet maker?

I am sure the residents of Hernando County enjoy knowing we are spending tax dollars to contest Tampa International Airport's interest in protecting its own identity simply because we lack the creativity and marketing strategy to develop our own brand unique to the history of our airport and county.

The County Commission was told that there were focus groups, studies, and surveys done to vet the name change, yet when I queried the depth of the vetting I was told that approximately $800 was spent, and most of that was on food and drinks for one meeting with a moderator.

Additionally, I have continued to ask how much the rebranding is going to cost the taxpayers to include the legal services to defend the name change, with no accurate response.

I guess the airport administration is still trying to figure out the cost of that horse even though they have already have committed to the cart.

If Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport is the extent of our creativity in marketing why not just let Tampa Aviation Authority run our airport and save the hundreds of thousands for the salaries of our airport administration?

If the money to fight this legal battle was to come from Don Silvernell's, Gary Schraut's, or any of the commissioners' pockets, I feel more confident that the creative juices would flow once again.

Could the airport use a name change? Sure, why not.

Is it worth spending thousands or tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands to legally contest TIA's claim to its name? I certainly don't think so.

I ask every resident of Hernando County, if it was your money, which it is, would you seriously spend your money on defending a name change to Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport or would you just build your own identity?

Robert S. Rey, Brooksville

Politicians should have to face music

I recently wrote to state and federal officials telling them a law needs to be passed that says politicians cannot do plea deals. The Feb. 12 story about the ex-GOP boss cutting a deal to end his trial is exactly why.

We will never find out all the other officials involved in this case because of all the secrets that will not be revealed. This man should not get a sentence any less than if he had been convicted.

We need to send a message to these guys that they are not to steal from us.

Robert Van Istendal, Spring Hill

Disabled veterans need to file soon

Although I recommended the Hernando County Property Tax Appraiser's Office notify disabled veterans that the last date to file for an exemption on their property taxes, based on the amendment passed in November 2012, is March 1, I haven't seen anything in print.

I think it would be helpful if the Hernando Times let the disabled veterans know about this important filing date.

Frank S. Fischer, Spring Hill

Administrator picks team Feb. 6, article

Sossamon should groom successor

County Administrator Len Sossamon has appointed four assistant administrators as part of staff reorganization to cut costs and improve services.

Sossamon is knocking on retirement's door. Hopefully one of the assistants will be groomed for and accept the administrator's position when needed. Thereby, cost of recruitment will be saved.

James A. Willan, Brooksville


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