Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Blueberry Festival takes toll on local business

Festival takes toll on local business

The Blueberry Festival was anticipated with hope of booming business. My family's business, Engle's QuickShop, was the exception.

The business was blocked off by the detour on South Broad Street, which basically made the store impossible to get to without going through a maze of parking lots and illegal turns. Many phone calls were made to festival planners, Department of Transportation, etc. The buck was passed from one to another and no help was offered.

It's a shame that a locally owned business of 25 years was punished due to the broken promises of the event planners who told us the business would not be blocked. Thank you to the loyal customers and friends who still shopped the Citgo.

Melanie Engle, Spring Hill

Let local vendors get in on action

While in town to attend the Blueberry Festival, I noticed a separate event with music, food and vendors on the grounds of the Saxon House. Their prices were more reasonable than those of the festival a few blocks away, yet they had very little business.

These were the local Brooksville Saturday Market vendors who were priced out of renting a space in the Blueberry Festival in their own town. Something is very wrong here.

Let's re-evaluate the vendor costs so our local vendors can participate in the festival. It was disturbing to see them separated from their own event, like the red-haired stepchildren.

J. Field, Largo

Try not to become too attached

Len Sossamon is Hernando's ninth county administrator since 1990. He is age 61 years.

At that age, he could be near retirement.

James A. Willan, Brooksville

America doesn't need Obamacare

It is true that many Americans do not have health insurance. However, it is also true that everyone in America has health care. The media and the current administration implies that there are many Americans without heath care. That simply is not true. Hospitals and other health care providers get government funding for indigent care.

There are health clinics throughout America that provide free care for those without insurance. Quoting from a May 10 article regarding the Hernando County Health Department, "The long-term health of any department is dependent on having the right mix of clients. Some have insurance, some are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, and some are under-insured or uninsured. Fees for the last category are levied according to a seven-tier scale based on income. No one needing care is turned away."

So if no one needing care is turned away, why do we need Obamacare?

Walter Rinehart, Spring Hill

HPH Hospice shares its thanks

National Nursing Home Week begins today and presents HPH Hospice with the opportunity to thank facility staff and volunteers with whom we have formed invaluable partnerships. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Journey," resonates with our nursing home philosophy.

In May 1991, our not-for-profit hospice pioneered its first nursing home team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, bereavement counselors and volunteers.

More than 20 years later, we are honored to serve residents in nursing homes throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

We are grateful to facilities that have given us the privilege of caring for residents who are facing a life-limiting illness, just as we are to these special residents and their families.

Karen Bowman

Long-term care program manager, HPH Hospice


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18