Saturday, March 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Animal Services audit has no credibility

Re: Animal Services audit

Internal review has no credibility

What a joke. What a sad, sick joke. The saddest part is that the joke's on all of us who pay the high salaries of people in county government and rely on the help and protection that money is meant to buy.

We pay the person who runs this shelter and others to protect stray and abandoned animals, pets who feel pain and fear just as we do.

More than a year ago a review of our county's shelter was done by five expert veterinarians who do shelter reviews. The county hid the results for nearly a year, until a volunteer discovered them. That review found numerous cases of cruelty and neglect — an 80 percent kill rate and 90 to 95 percent of cats and kittens killed. Dogs were in severe pain and not treated or given pain medication. Cats routinely killed by a heart stick without proper anesthesia. Dogs left isolated for 60 days with no public access for adoption, then killed.

Nine months later, five volunteers find the same inhumane treatment. There is public outrage and the answer is an internal audit that takes four months and finds that none of the inhumane treatment, well-documented previously, really happened. Credible? Of course not.

The citizens get hoodwinked. The county spends our money hiding incompetence and cruelty. There is no real democracy in Hernando County, Florida; there is only deceit and cruelty by bureaucrats who think they are above the law and beyond the reach of their own citizens.

Laurie Boynton, Brooksville

Sixth-graders don't need iPads

School budget crunches, really? Yet they want to spend $90,000 for iPads for sixth-graders who are 11 and 12 years old.

The administrator cut crossing guards and changed school hours in the name of budget crunching and has now decided it's okay for iPads for sixth-graders. They can take them home for a $50 deposit for insurance costs. The picture is bizarre.

I am a taxpayer. I am all for technology. Tell me when the common sense button is installed in the administration for this unneeded cost. It's time the taxpayers get their needs met, not new toys for students who may not be responsible enough to handle such items. The School Board also needs a reality check for allowing this to happen.

Mary L. Scarff, Weeki Wachee

Re: Ethics complaint

Druzbick made an honest error

The ethics complaint is not Commissioner John Druzbick's problem, his opponent is. Druzbick apparently made an honest error (I hope, at least) and has taken steps to amend his paperwork.

A word of advice to him: Anything he or his wife own either jointly or separately, must be reported.

Any questions?

Paul Settle, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/23/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

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