Friday, February 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: DeWitt column leans too far left

DeWitt column leans too far left

After all these years, I'm kind of used to Dan DeWitt's far-left columns crying about some nonsensical story ranging from mermaid shows being tacky to Timber Pines people being snobs.

Now he has a story about the YMCA and, as most liberals like to do, focuses on race. I've been a member of the Y for years and it is a wonderful place for all people to meet and there is respect for everyone from one another. The real hint of his extreme liberalism (as if you needed a hint) is he even had to get a jab in about Fox News being on the TV at the Y.

There are about 10 televisions there with all different channels. By the way, how about doing a column on Solyndra, the ''fast and furious'' gun-running sting or the GSA, which oversees wasteful spending and just had a party for their employees at a cost of $820,000 of taxpayer money in Las Vegas. Perhaps if you only watch MSNBC you've never heard of these stories.

Gene Huber, Spring Hill

Kindness earns car guy's thanks

It has been close to four weeks since I got the shock of my life finding my 1942 Chevrolet truck destroyed by vandals. It broke my heart to see 10 years of work gone.

While I got a first-hand look at what bad people can do just to please themselves, I also got a first-hand look at the many kindhearted people who have offered me all kinds of help to rebuild my truck. There is a multitude of car guys out there and each one has a special talent to add to a rebuilding project. I want to thank everyone who offered help and moral support. Your kindness is overwhelming. I must thank the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Once the commotion died down, I started to think long and hard about starting this project all over again. Am I really up to doing this again? I said at the time that maybe something good will come out of this. Well, as it turns out, I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to have my truck fully restored by some very special car guys — Harold Clayton and his shop foreman Brian from C & C Rod Shop in Port Richey. It will be done in two months, a far cry from the 10 years I already spent.

The truck will be unveiled at a car show to be determined. I am under strict instructions that I cannot see it until it is revealed. All I know is it's not going to be the same color. This is going to be the longest two months.

On a final note, there was money collected at the Car Show at Hardee's to help with the restoration.

I have no idea who donated what. As it turns out, my insurance will cover the restoration. I would like to donate this money to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Fallen Deputies Memorial on behalf of the Spring Hill Drifters Classic Car Club and all other car enthusiasts from other local car clubs.

Maurice Paradise, Spring Hill


Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18