Thursday, April 19, 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


Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18