Sunday, June 24, 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: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18