Thursday, November 23, 2017
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


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

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Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17