Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letter to the editor: Show courtesy to other drivers

Drivers should use turn signals

As a resident here in Florida for the past 14 years, I have two questions: Are cars in Florida built without directional signals? Is there a large sign when people enter Florida that informs them not to use directional signals in our state?

I travel each day on U.S. 19 or through the communities' side roads. I have on occasion been advised by drivers in front of me where they are going to turn. But in most cases, the drivers just decide to make a turn with using directional signals. Doesn't drivers education teach these people anything about using the signals?

In my state, we even learned hand signals for emergency purposes. No one here even seems to know them.

Let's have some courtesy for other drivers.

Elaine L. Eichler, Hudson

Officials need to handle funds well

The city of New Port Richey spent millions of dollars to purchase the Hacienda Hotel, the First Baptist Church and the First Church of Christ.

That's big bucks down the tubes for a very long time. Plus, the eyesore of the Main Street Landing and, lastly, our extravagance on the Van Buren Street recreational complex in a low-income area.

We lost small businesses due to broken promises. Then we lost New Port Richey employees. It was a story of wrong decisions made and not getting on the track to be corrected.

The Penny for Pasco will build new bike trails. Let's fix our Sims Park for our kids. It's in bad shape.

So, Penny for Pasco again? Ouch. If we can't make decisions on a small scale, how can we handle the big ones? Let's do better with how we handle our funds.

Mary Jackson, New Port Richey

Thanks to voters who stood in line

Thank you to all who stood in line to vote. You indeed are the civil rights activists. You marched for me and for America.

In spite of attempts to suppress the vote, you stood up. In spite of attempts to silence the vote, you stood up. No matter the political party, it is our right to vote, and — no matter our personal convictions — it is our duty to allow all to vote.

No matter the outcome, we are all Americans in this together, and we are responsible to one another to work together for America with tolerance and respect.

Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey


Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18