Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando lands program is a magnet for funds

Lands program is magnet for funds

Several recent letters and editorials have extolled the virtues of Hernando's Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program but overlooked one of its most valuable benefits. The program has served as a magnet for other sources of funding that have made the program an incredible bargain to our community.

Nearly every ESL property has been protected by working in partnership with other public agencies or programs. The Cypress Lakes Preserve was purchased with assistance from a Florida Community Trust grant that covered half of the purchase price. Development of the boat ramps, boardwalk and other recreational facilities at Bayport Park were the result of partnering with the Southwest Florida Water Management District in expansion of the park. And the creation of an innovative water treatment system to prevent groundwater contamination at Peck Sink would not have happened without $2.4 million in funding from outside sources after ESL purchased the land.

The competition for grants and other sources of funding assistance is fierce. There are more deserving projects than funds to go around, and strong community support often serves as a compelling bargaining chip. Nothing says "community support" better than a willingness to put your money where your mouth is and contribute funds toward the cost of a project. The ESL Program allows Hernando County to do exactly that, and in the process we protect our most precious natural resources at bargain prices.

At an estimated annual cost of less than $6 per property owner, ESL might be easily overlooked or discounted as unimportant. But if you ever fish at Jenkins Creek, enjoy a sunset at Bayport, canoe the Withlacoochee near Cypress Lake or appreciate clean water coming out of your tap, then make no mistake — you are a beneficiary of the ESL Program. And one of the best bargains you'll ever find.

Eugene Kelly, Brooksville

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18

Sunday’s letters: Social media’s risk to children

Vlogger apologizes for sharing suicide video | Jan. 3Social media’s risk to childrenThe recent story about vlogger Logan Paul apologizing for his video on YouTube of a body hanging in a suicide forest in Japan has me deeply concerned. As a fifth-...
Published: 01/06/18

Monday’s letters: On energy, nation should look forward, not backward

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Don’t go backward on U.S. energyThinking the threat of oil drilling off our beautiful coasts was off the table, again it raises its ugly head.Interestingly, from 2005-15 the U.S. reliance on petroleum imports fell f...
Published: 01/05/18