Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letter: Stop the Ridge Road extension

Re: Ridge Road extension

Road extension should be stopped

My great-grandmother settled 40 acres in 1892. As a fourth-generation Floridian, I have seen and heard this same scenario played out time and time again. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a long history of accomplishing amazing feats, knows exactly what it is doing and knows when and when not to do it.

Its good judgment, along with the vast majority of the voices of the people, should be heard and acted upon, not the influence of the small but powerful special interest groups.

No matter how many roads you build, they, too, soon will be crowded and slow. Wildlife follow the same migratory paths their ancestors did. It'll reduce wetlands destruction to only 59 acres, but what effect will that have on the remainder and all that rely on it? The aquifer below is the main source of pure water for Pasco and the Tampa Bay region.

Stop the Ridge Road extension.

Clark J. Johns, Hudson

Don't like river life? Then leave

If there's one thing we should never put up with, it is people who come here from somewhere else and have nothing valuable to contribute and spend their time complaining about how we live.

A good case in point: the crybabies in Port Richey complaining about life on the Pithlachascotee River. First, it was noise from restaurants/bars that police failed to find lawbreaking. Now it is the small gravel parking lot for Whiskey River. Add to that the whimpering about local marinas, and the list goes on.

If they don't like river life, why did they move here? Most of the things they complain about were here before they were, and some are grandfathered in. If they don't like it, too bad. Sell, get out, and good riddance.

John Ennis, Hudson


Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

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Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

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Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18