Friday, March 23, 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: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

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