Monday, June 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letter to the editor: Tower, not pilot, directs air traffic

Route air traffic away from homes | Jan. 3 letter

Tower, not pilot, directs air traffic

The writer is apparently not a pilot and thereby doesn't understand the rules of flight. He states that flights should take off and land from the east side of Hernando County Airport to "be a good neighbor."

Being a licensed pilot, I understand those rules. Planes always take off and land into the prevailing wind. He also doesn't understand that the county airport now has a control tower and the responsibilities of that tower. The control tower directs all traffic in and around the airport, and all takeoffs and landings, to keep the pilots and the people on the ground safe.

The tower has the sole discretion over takeoffs, landings and all air traffic in and around the airport. Be a good neighbor by understanding the workings of the tower and the safety that it provides for everyone.

Steve Lee, Spring Hill

Route air traffic away from homes | Jan. 3 letter

Air traffic, noise are getting worse

I am in complete agreement with the letter writer. The air traffic over some of the most expensive homes in Hernando County is getting worse. The helicopters seem to circle our area nightly. As a community, we seem to be indifferent to this noise violation. There is no one to complain to that I could find.

The county commissioners are staking the entire future of Hernando County on airport expansion at the expense of our neighborhoods. David Russell's tower was another waste of taxpayers' money, as many pilots said it wasn't needed. When are we going to say enough to noise pollution and future tax breaks?

Patrick Herbert, Spring Hill


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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 ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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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

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18