Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando Letters: Citizens Insurance hurting the honest folks

Company hurting the honest folks

I received a letter from Citizens Insurance in January telling me my lanai would no longer be covered under my homeowner's insurance.

Gee, it has a roof and is attached to my house. Never thought of it as separate.

The letter also stated that I was entitled to get an independent adjuster to re-evaluate the value of rebuilding my house. Well, I waited for my bill, which was $536 more than last year.

I called an adjuster who is certified. He was scheduled to come to my house. I was excited that maybe my house insurance had some chance of being honestly valued.

The night before the man was scheduled to arrived, he called to inform me that Citizens is no longer accepting independent adjusters, so he canceled the appointment, being very honest and not wanting me to waste my money.

How is Citizens allowed to do this?

I called my representative in Spring Hill no one could help me there, so I called and left a message in his Tallahassee office.

Guess what?

No one called me back. I am so upset over this.

I thought I was the honest one, but I am beginning to think that the honest people in this situation are getting the shaft.

I can buy a brand new home as advertised on Spring Hill Drive for $92,000, but Citizens says it will take $197,400 to rebuild my house? That is nonsense and unfair. What are we supposed to do?

Linda Mahoney, Spring Hill

A battle over birth control in 2012? | Feb. 18, Barbara Fredricksen column

It's about freedom of religion, really

Nobody mentioned the important constitutional aspect of the debate. The current debate is not about birth control directly but a bigger issue: Whether the federal government should coerce Catholic hospitals, charities, and colleges to participate in health care plans that go against Catholic moral teaching.

In her column, Ms. Fredricksen fails to mention that the entire reason the birth control issue sprung up in the political debates is because of the Obama administration's mandate that employers, including religious institutions, participate in insurance plans that cover abortion-producing drugs, sterilizations and contraception. In other words, this is a debate about the free exercise of religion, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The federal government is sadly expanding its power into the affairs of religious institutions, which is a violation of the First Amendment. That's the issue.

Ken Knapp, Wesley Chapel

Living splendidly behind their walls | Feb. 19, Dan DeWitt column

Write about more important things

With everything going on in our country and the world, is the best that Dan DeWitt can do is a long-winded rant on how people choose to live out their retirement years?

He should get his facts straight. No one under 16 is allowed on the golf course? Not true.

We have many young family members visiting who enjoy our golf courses. However, they are required to be accompanied by an adult.

What is Dan's next stimulating column going to be?

People who shop at Publix versus Winn-Dixie and their incomes?

If everyone in a gated community canceled their newspaper subscriptions, maybe it could be about unemployment — his.

Joan Walters, Spring Hill

Legislative attack on public health goes on | Feb. 22, guest column

Public health idea shouldn't be lost

I too have worked in public health for 33 years, and I support what Dr. Marc Yacht wrote about our clueless Legislature. When I began in 1979, we were an important part of the area's health care. We were truly community health providers. Our programs were some of the best in the country, and so many depended on us for our medication programs, our child care, our family care, including family planning and chronic disease care. With some federal subsidies, as well as some from the state, we supported so many.

We inspected mobile home parks, pools and restaurants and provided water testing and so much to everyone. We were truly public health workers. I venture to say we kept our county informed and educated about good health.

As a public health nurse, I and others like me cared for our new mothers, newborns, and as children grew, we saw them in our clinic. We did home visits to ensure these children had what they needed, and parents were supported in their quest to learn.

It was a wonderful system. But as funding was cut and facilities sometimes closed, services changed. I, for one, don't think it was for the better of the community. Public health is a concept that should not be lost to us.

Lilyan V. Dayton, New Port Richey


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

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18