Sunday, June 24, 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

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Monday’s letters: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

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...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

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