Woman charged with DUI had 4 kids in car Aug. 15, article
Get this woman off the road now
As a parent in west Pasco, I have to ask an obvious question regarding this headline and I'm sure I'm not alone. Can someone in the Pasco County court system, and/or Pasco County Sheriff's Office please explain how after receiving two DUIs that this woman was allowed/permitted to receive a third?
Does she even still have a license? And if not, is that charge going to piled on top of this one? I can't see how she is even able to get insurance. I am not insensitive to the fact that people make mistakes and I do believe in second chances, as maybe the person had a lapse in judgment, barring the fact that no one got hurt that first time.
However, after the second violation, how can the court not see a pattern developing and take the necessary steps to keep this type of violator off the streets? This woman obviously has little care for the innocent passengers in her vehicle, the other drivers on the roads and, last but not least, herself.
Someone help her and help every other driver by getting her off the road. The congested byways of Pasco County are dangerous enough without throwing drunken drivers into the mix.
Susan D'Aquino, Hudson
School costs get new scrutiny | Aug. 15, article
Who doesn't have a cell phone?
Pasco School superintendent Heather Fiorentino wants to provide 88 district employees with cell phones. What a waste of money. In today's society most people already have cell phones. Schools have run fine without the added expense of cell phones. Who will keep track of the phone calls made to make sure they are not used for personal reasons? If they are being used for personal reasons, will the person be fired for using the taxpayers' money for personal reasons?
It's rather strange that when trying to decrease the budget, Fiorentino would allow frivolous expenses. Why do principals have to be on a 12-month contract?
A.L. Snyder, Port Richey
A fitting tribute for fallen friend | Aug. 15, article
Dog memorial is insulting
Oh, give me a break. A memorial service for a dog? One that was hit by a car no less, probably the most common cause of death.
That it makes the front page of the Pasco Times just rubs salt in the wound. I am a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq with over 20 years service. To see this foolishness is appalling. A dog getting the treatment of a lost police officer or member of the military — it is stupidity at its best.
Frank Lewis Gallagher, New Port Richey
Accept federal funds for police
We urge the citizens to reach out to the Pasco Commission in support of the men and women of the Sheriff's Office and fire department.
The federal government has awarded Pasco County with 24 deputies, paid for over the next three years before the commissioners have to consider further payment. This additional staffing placed on the road will provide much-needed manpower to help address the ever-increasing crime and calls for service Pasco is experiencing.
The uncertainty of the financial makeup of Pasco County in the next four years should not be a deciding factor on whether or not to accept this award. There are many factors which must be weighed; however the safety of the citizens of Pasco County should be number one.
In addition, Pasco citizens and fellow public safety members cannot afford to lose any front-line public safety members, especially not 48 firemen and paramedics. Everyone is encouraged to reach out to your commissioners and demand such vital protection for all our loved ones.
It is certain the budget is complex. However it is also certain funding is available for public safety. The Fraternal Order of Police believes in the County Commission and believes they will make the correct decisions in balancing the need for public safety and the other important aspects of the budget they are forced to deal with this year.
Gary Kling and Bob Mitchell,
Fraternal Order of Police
Pasco Sheriff's Lodge 29
Shoot first law is vague, dangerous | Aug. 14, letter
We have right to self-defense
The stand-your-ground law is a vast improvement from the old duty-to-retreat approach to self-defense. The right to self-defense is well established in U.S. law, while the duty to retreat aspect was an antiquated relic from English common law.
In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the right to meet potential deadly force with justifiable deadly force, with no duty to retreat, in the Beard decision way back in 1895. It clearly stated that the defendant, Beard, "was not obliged to retreat nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground and meet any attack made upon him with a deadly weapon in such a way and with such force as, under the circumstances, he at the moment, honestly believed, and had reasonable grounds to believe, were necessary to save his own life or to protect himself from great bodily injury."
Indeed, it was the previous duty-to-retreat legal concept in Florida that put an unreasonable burden of proof upon the defender, and made him/her subject to criminal prosecution and civil suit. It's usually difficult, at best, to safely retreat under the threat of death or great bodily injury. The stand-your-ground law puts the crime victim on even legal footing with the one initiating an illegal attack or serious threat.
The law is working very well, and has removed the unfairness, the legal uncertainties and many conundrums previously experienced under the old approach.
Lee Hanson, Hudson
Gun owners can't be judge and jury
This nation has had effective well-tested self-defense laws for 200 years, but now it's appalling to think you can so easily shoot a complete stranger in your front yard as the letter writer pointed out.
Why do we have to use deadly force when law enforcement would gladly remove the man who refused to leave? Has trial by jury turned into trial by gun owner?
Will the NRA's relentless campaign to spread the use of firearms result in ordinary citizens taking a bullet as happened to William Kuch?
Gun owners on occasion will end up being the judge and jury under this reckless law.
Thomas Burke, Clearwater