Sunday, November 19, 2017
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: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

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Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

Tom Lee wants to phase out greyhound racing | Nov. 8Put a stop to this cruel industryKudos to Sen. Tom Lee for shepherding a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Greyhounds forced to race live in misery and frequently die ...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17