Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letter: Mike Fasano sends treasured journalist a fond farewell

Journalist had widespread effect

In any profession it is a rarity for a person to stay with the same company for 37 years, more so in the ever changing world of print media. Bill Stevens announced his retirement in his May 9 column.

The voice of Pasco County has ended his decades-long run as perhaps one of, if not the, most influential journalists in our community.

During my professional and political career I have communicated with Bill countless times. From my days as an employee (carrier) of the St. Petersburg Times, to my early unsuccessful campaigns, to my two decades in state and now local public office, Bill and I have had the opportunity to meet, chat and sometimes advocate for issues about which we both feel strongly.

Although we have not always been on the same side of each issue, we were able to respect each other's opinions. Too often political differences bring out the worst in people. Bill, with his riveting writing style, can make you cheer even if you are not on the same side of the fence. Too many people forget that we are each blessed with the ability to think for ourselves and not walk in lockstep with everyone else. Bill never forgot that. He helped me to become a more effective public servant as I learned from him the ability to see that all stories have at least two sides, if not more.

While Bill may be retired he will not soon be forgotten. I am looking forward to reading his expected guest columns. I am certain his insights into human nature, politics and the world around us will be a welcome diversion from our daily lives.

John Grogan famously said: "In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty -six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society." Bill Stevens' unique brand of journalistic magic will be missed. I wish him well in the life that lies ahead of him.

Mike Fasano, Pasco tax collector, Land O' Lakes


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18