Wednesday, June 20, 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: 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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18