Wednesday, March 21, 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: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18