Wednesday, March 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


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

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