Saturday, March 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 30

Bill, now law, will hurt schools

Gov. Scott recently signed into law House Bill 7069, a bill that will have an immediate and serious impact to Hernando County Schools. As those of us who lead public school districts have grown used to each legislative session and the inevitable changes that result, this year's session proved to be exceptionally disheartening.

Initially, we were hopeful that with increased awareness and advocacy about HB 7069, we would be successful in defeating this punitive initiative. And, as public outcry mounted, our apprehension made its way to the governor's desk, where we urged a veto. While Gov. Scott asked House and Senate leaders to add funding to the student funding formula from which schools operate, he chose to sign the bill into law.

To be fair, HB 7069 does include some elements that will benefit students and teachers and will provide some district autonomy in several areas. But overall, the bill disadvantages public schools by weakening our ability to serve all of our students equitably.

This bill will challenge us. It will require difficult decisions about how to offer high-quality educational services to our children with diminishing resources. And, while I am saddened by the outcome, I know that Hernando has talented educators, strong leaders, and a community that will continue to support the Hernando County School District. We will continue to work together as a united community to provide our children with learning and training opportunities so they can be successful and our community can prosper.

Thank you for your partnership, your advocacy and your trust.

Lori Romano, superintendent, Hernando County School District

Offended? Go back North

Monuments and other types of memorabilia relating to the Civil War are an important part of our history. Removing the Confederate flag and removing monuments should not be tolerated. New Orleans removed four statues for the same reason that the removal request was done here. Is it really that it offends some people, or is it that some people just want things their way?

We have memorials for the wars that have been fought here and abroad, and I don't hear anyone complaining about them. If we take one down, why don't we just take them all down? I don't see or hear of anyone up North wanting to remove the Northern memorials. Enough is enough!

If you live in an area that offends you, then you should not have moved there. This includes the South. The memorials were here long before you were. My suggestion is that you pack your stuff and move back North, where you can't be offended, and leave us Southerners alone. By the way, the U.S. flag that we fly resembles the Union battle flag. Shouldn't someone complain about that? Goodbye, good luck and have a safe trip.

Wesley Hawkins, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/23/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18