Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Both sides of fluoride issue deserved to be heard

Fluoride speakers don't get their say

I was disappointed in the poor planning of the Feb. 25 Hernando County Commission meeting. Fluoride is a topic that many people on both sides of the issue are very passionate about. Not permitting everyone who attended the meeting to speak on the issue due to a scheduled Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting was inappropriate. This meeting should not have been scheduled at this time due to the anticipation of a large number of speakers on the fluoride issue.

Commissioner Nick Nicholson's comment prior to the beginning of Dr. Johnny Johnson's presentation was inappropriate. It is his and every commissioner's job to listen to all comments from both sides. Mr. Nicholson should apologize to Dr. Johnson and those of us who do support fluoride. His demeanor as well as his actions were inappropriate for an elected official.

If Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes had not stated at the beginning of the public comment section that participants would only be permitted to speak once, many more supporters of the issue would have taken that opportunity to speak. Perhaps he should have only permitted those who wanted to speak on non-fluoridation-related items to speak during the public comments and allowed all speakers on the fluoride issue to speak after the presentations.

Deborah A. Nastelli, Spring Hill

A slap in the face for taxpayers

I was shocked to witness the Hernando County Commission's cowardice at its Feb. 11 meeting in discussing impact fees to improve things for residents and students. They (except Commissioner Diane Rowden) showed their reverence to the Hernando Builders Association, the Hernando Association of Realtors and the all powerful Blaise Ingoglia and the respective groups' never-ending backing with money and support.

Never before have I witnessed such a travesty and slap in the face to residents of Hernando County. To blatantly just push aside any reference to having new residents pay for schools and improvements but rather put the burden on the current homeowners and business owners to be forced to pay higher property tax rates to support new residents solely to keep new home prices low and builders and Realtors happy.

Is the whole bunch of them so naive they think that $7,000 added to a $200,000 home price will scare away prospective home buyers? No, actually I think that you just don't want to alienate Mr. Ingoglia or his groups. Shame on them all to think it is just fine to force those of us currently here to pick up the tab for new residents in the coming years to appease their donors and sponsors.

I know there is a March 11 hearing, but past history would lead a knowledgeable individual to assume no matter how many people speak in favor of impact fees, that the cowards on the Board of County Commissioners will stand in harmony with the builders and Realtors and once again stick it to the current residents. As is usually the case, money and power trump fairness and doing what is the right thing!

David Parker, 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...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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