Tuesday, September 18, 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


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: 7 hours ago
Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons from Times wires
Updated: 8 hours ago

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