Thursday, April 26, 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


Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

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