Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Prevent fracking to save Big Cypress Preserve

The push to clean up Weeki Wachee Springs comes at a high cost | June 9

Stop fracking, save Big Cypress

I want to commend Dan DeWitt for pointing out the high cost of cleaning up our polluted springs and waters.

Recent research shows that almost all Floridians live within 20 miles of a known pollution site. The only place that is not true is in the middle of Big Cypress Preserve, where fracking is currently being considered.

We must preemptively ban fracking before this process brings more pollution to Florida's waterways.

As a champion of protecting Florida taxpayers and a top leader in our Legislature, House Speaker Richard Corcoran has the opportunity to halt this dangerous process and protect us from the tax burden of cleaning up more industry waste.

Brooke Errett, St. Petersburg

Libraries are far from obsolete

For the past four years I have been privileged to serve on the Hernando County Library Advisory Committee, as well as being a regular, well-satisfied patron of the library. In my opinion, there are few institutions that do more to benefit our residents than our "county jewel," the Hernando County Public Library System — the 2013 Florida Library of the Year.

In spite of a decline in staff over the past few years, our current staff of dedicated professionals has continued to provide quality library services for our residents. However, it is difficult to imagine that they can continue to provide current services and continue to improve services without additional staff. It would truly be a travesty if our understaffed library system were allowed to drift into a state of mediocrity.

Some say that technology is replacing the need for public libraries. If that is the case, why are more than 60 percent of our residents active cardholders? Why have 20,745 users received technology instructions? Why have 3,200 children attended summer youth programs? Why were 702,180 items circulated? And, why have 335,320 residents visited our library branches?

Correct me if I am wrong, but with these statistics, how can anyone conclude that "libraries are becoming obsolete"? Maybe visiting a library and getting a library card would help clear up this misconception. While there, don't forget to take notice of the inspired faces on children and elders alike as they utilize our outstanding services.

Joseph H. Pistorius, president, Hernando County Library Advisory Committee


Wednesday’s letters: How home rule can help fight Red Tide

Red Tide on march | Sept. 18How home rule can help fight Red TideAt the end of 2005, as Red Tide ravaged the beaches and intracoastal waterways of Southwest Florida, volunteers from the Suncoast Sierra Club formed a coastal task force to begin de...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Published: 09/18/18

Tuesday’s letters: Honor Flight restored my faith in America

Dogs are the best | Letter, Sept. 15Honor Flight restored my faith in AmericaJust as I was about to give up on our country due to divisiveness and and the divisions among its people and politicians, my pride was restored. As a member of the recen...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 18

From Times wires
Published: 09/17/18

Column: We’re measuring the economy all wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets — say that the U.S. economy is fully recovered.The unemployment rate is lower tha...
Published: 09/17/18

Monday’s letters: Are we paying for the wrong kind of military today?

$1 trillion here and there | Letter, Sept. 16Are we buying the right defense?I am weary of politicians of all persuasions handing our military a blank check — in particular the conservatives who rail against budget deficits and want to cut discre...
Published: 09/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Many laws increase our liberty

‘General welfare’ includeshealth | Letter, Sept.15Someone will pay for itMany politicians are making Medicare for All the cornerstone of their campaign. Many think tanks even say the government will save money, but they neglect to say how.Medicar...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Saturday’s letters: The Constitution’s promise to promote the ‘general welfare’ includes health

Medicare for All is a path to ruin | Letter, Sept. 14‘General welfare’ includes healthThe preamble of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to form a more perfect union, several things needed to be assured. One of those is to "promote the ge...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Friday’s letters: Medicare for All might lead to Medicare for None

Nelson cautious on Gillum views | Sept. 12Medicare for All is a path to ruinThe utopian idea of Medicare for All being free health care with all the trimmings is a hoax. Sooner or later, the resources required to pay for this single-payer system ...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7

Re: Pedestrian deaths rising again | Sept. 7This is no surpriseIt is surprising that more people aren’t killed trying to cross U.S. 19 on foot.I often cross U.S. 19 at Flora to get to Home Depot or Holiday Mower. This involves first looking back...
Published: 09/10/18