Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Cut, cut, cut mentality hurting residents

Cut mentality hurts residents

Columnist Dan DeWitt is right in his Oct. 13 column. There was no economic reason for turning down transit money, just a political reason — pressure from small-government fanatics who hate THE Bus.

It is another fine example of Hernando County and its residents' needs coming in second to the Republican ridiculousness of cut, cut, cut no matter who gets hurt along the way.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

How 'bargain' can pay for itself

Dan DeWitt's Oct. 9 column hit the nail right on the head. But there is a way that the purchase of this over-priced, million-dollar "limited-time bargain" could pay for itself if we'll just let it.

This parcel could have been purchased by the adjacent land owners, the so-called mentioned, if our commissioners had not jumped the gun and allowed themselves to be suckered in by shrewd salesman Gary Schraut. Not only are we taxpayers out the initial purchase price of the property but now we have one more expensive piece of real estate that no one's paying taxes on.

This property is indeed a gift to the adjacent land owners. Not only did they not have to purchase this 4 acres in order to turn their proposed but highly doubtful mining property into highly sought after commercial real estate, but now they don't have to pay taxes on it to boot. Okay, that's fine since there could be an upside to this.

We citizens are out $1 million and that's enough. Make the people who will benefit from this purchase pay for the remaining costs to actually build the road through their adjacent lands turning what they threaten to mine into the tax revenue needed to pay for this whole rouge. Do not let them dupe us into building an expensive road through their property, make them do it. In fact when the time comes, they'll even pay for the use of our newly acquired right of way if we'll just let them.

J. Daniel, Spring Hill

Making a mark in black community

John C. Emerson's legacy is rooted into the history of Moton High School, and he was perceived to be much more than a visionary builder. He was well renowned and highly regarded throughout the various Negro communities.

It was Emerson who developed the first group of homes in Hernando County for Negroes that had indoor bathroom facilities, and they were built out of cinder blocks. The development was widely known as "Emerson Quarters/Projects" and only our elite Negro citizens or Negro employees of the Emerson Cement Plant lived in the development. Most of the Moton school teachers who did not own their own homes lived there at one time or another.

Emerson was more than a well-known philanthropist, he was a philanthropist dedicated to civil rights. Mr. Emerson died the same year I transferred to Moton (7 years old), but it felt as though all of the Negroes in South Brooksville knew him personally for years after his death. He was just that well thought of in the Negro communities.

African-Americans in the city of Brooksville also recognize John C. Emerson as a great Brooksvillian. He was a true philanthropist and is our greatest Brooksvillian thus far.

Richard L. Howell, Brooksville


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

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18