Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Keep the politicians who serve, no matter the office

Fasano needs to 'move up' or leave | July 26, letter

Keep politicians who serve well

In 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected president of the United States. In 1830, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

To serve the people in any capacity is not a question of up or down. The right person in any office can continue to make a difference for the good of all. There are far too many career politicians who do not. Let us at least keep the ones who do.

Catherine G. Russo, New Port Richey

Mariano cheers for private interests | July 22, letter

Private projects draw people here

Who else is going to put money up to enhance Pasco County besides private interests? Is the government going to build a marina or town homes?

The way this 30-year resident sees it, Pasco needs projects like Sunwest Harbourtowne. To grow and draw people here, that's all we have.

Robert Clark, Port Richey

Help our group save animals

Wake up Pasco County taxpayers. Something is fishy with Pasco County Animal Services.

I (and a great group of people) have been working day and night trying to save the dogs and cats that enter their high-kill facility. Our group communicated to each other with Facebook posts. My group tried to work with the shelter. Now, someone deletes all of the messages that almost 300 volunteers read. Those messages were important to saving those animals.

The Pasco County Animal Services shelter is located in Land O'Lakes, which is not so convenient for most of Pasco. This shelter takes all of the strays and most of the animals surrendered by owners. Our volunteers visited the shelter almost daily and could answer many questions for the community. In addition to finding homes for unwanted animals, we re-united many lost animals with owners. Those animals would have been put to sleep or sent to rescue, otherwise. Our group helped to change their numbers around, so many animals were saved.

Most of the local 501c3 rescues are full and overwhelmed with animals. Pasco needs help saving its animals. As taxpayers, the public has control of what goes on at the shelter. Please, be the voice for those that can not speak. Contact county commissioners by email, mail and phone and let them know you are not happy with the policies that they appear to have adopted.

Mary Levin, Port Richey


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: 06/19/18

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18