Saturday, May 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Appearance ordinance needed again

Bring back ordinance about appearance

In regards to the former ordinance concerning modular homes, that took a lot of town meetings, held by the Royal Highlands Action committee and a year of working with the county and citizens to properly word that ordinance. My (now deceased) husband, being a modular inspector at the time, tried to give the county his input that changing pitch of a roof meant nothing to help protect surrounding homes.

The removal of that ordinance and any other without public notification is a crime. The ordinance was to protect the value of site-built homes in non-deed restricted communities. It applied to the whole county and communities developed without deed restrictions.

Never did we realize that an ordinance committee would be going backward, and erasing hard-worked-for ordinances. Never should one be removed without citizens' input, review and discussion.

I believe this ordinance needs to be put back in place. Return Hernando County to a well-maintained community.

Mary L. Scarff, Weeki Wachee

Drones present a safety issue

Surveillance of private citizens and possible accidental attacks on them (such as those happening in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia and other spots on the globe) by the U.S. government, as a jobs plan for Hernando County? Wow.

Pilots in the area have weighed in their opposition. David Russell, the county commissioner who, rightly, objected to this as a dangerous thing for our county citizens, is a pilot. Every small plane would be at risk flying in with the secretive drones landing and taking off.

We can do better with jobs by putting those skilled in construction to work on making our county a leader in the solar industry for the sunshine state. There's a safe and sustainable future.

Jennifer Sullivan, Spring Hill

Job creation not worth the risk

The so-called Chicken Little crowd opposing a drone-testing base in Brooksville don't believe the sky is falling, but it does believe that drones are falling from the sky.

What Gary Schraut and Diane Rowden aren't telling people is that drones crash in the United States including in Chesapeake Bay, in Nevada, and in Texas.

If a $200 million drone controlled by expert Navy personnel can crash, what's going to happen with less expensive, civilian-operated drones at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport?

Drones spy on innocent people and infringe on Fourth Amendment rights. Some may say, "if you're not doing anything wrong, then there's nothing for you to worry about." To those people I ask, "if that's the case then I'd like to put a video camera in your bedroom."

The claim that a drone testing base will create jobs needs to be clarified and quantified. But even if a large number of good-paying jobs were to be created, it would never justify something that is un-American and a safety hazard to men, women and children. If job creation were the sole factor in determining whether a community should pursue a business venture, then logic would follow that methamphetamine production and toxic dump site development could be all the rage in our municipalities. But there are moral, safety and constitutional components to producing jobs, and drone-testing fails those tests.

Chris Ernesto, St. Petersburg

Nugent is offering no solutions | April 5 letter

Nugent supports Ryan's solution

With regards to the writer's claim that U.S. Rep. Rich "Nugent is offering no solutions," Nugent did vote for the Ryan budget plan, which does offer a solution. Thus, the Ryan plan that Nugent supports, whether you like it or not, is a plan and is a solution.

What solution has Democrat President Obama, Democrat Senate Majority leader Reid, and Democrat House minority leader Pelosi offered? The answer is absolutely nothing!

The writer also wants to know, (or wants someone else to ask) Mr. Nugent, "How much does it cost him for his health care?" The simple answer to this question is, it's none of your business. Mr. Nugent, along with 13 other freshman members of Congress, all Republicans, declined health-care coverage offered to them by the federal government.

Frank S. Fischer, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18