Thursday, December 14, 2017
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


Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17