Saturday, May 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Build fields, not roads, with impact fees

Frontage road not correct tax route

The 2014 Pasco County parks capital budget contains a $3.7 million expense that concerns us as local residents. The budget calls for utilizing parks and recreation impact fees to construct a frontage road that would lead to the Fields at Wiregrass, a proposed sports tourism project that will be built on 138 acres in Wesley Chapel.

While many county officials and citizens are eager to move forward with a dedicated sports tourism project, impact fee dollars may only be used for the construction of public parks facilities. A $3.7 million frontage road that leads to a privately operated sports tourism park is an expensive misappropriation of important taxpayer dollars that will ignore the needs and concerns of local residents.

The 2014 budget fails to address a critical shortage in fields within the growing Wesley Chapel corridor. For the past several years overcrowding of practice and game fields at the Wesley Chapel District Park has led to unsafe playing conditions that increase the likelihood of injury to athletes and spectators alike. Obviously children and athletes cannot play sports in the middle of a $3.7 million frontage road.

In addition, the proposed budget creates a $840,000 negative balance in the central zone parks impact fee facilities fund. If the 2014 budget is passed in its current form, the deficit will take 31/2 years to recuperate. This is far too long to provide for the current and future needs of this community, and it will do a great disservice to residents in central Pasco.

County staff and elected officials should consider alternative proposals with a balanced approach to both parks and tourism that better meets the needs of our residents.

Jeffrey Olsen, Wesley Chapel

Lost jobs are sad fact for county

I was saddened to read that the FreightCenter was leaving Pasco County, taking 150 employees out of Pasco and creating another 50 new jobs in Pinellas County because of the prohibitive cost of expanding in Trinity.

I would think with all the empty commercial business space in Pasco County that a viable alternative in the county could have been identified to prevent this loss of jobs. The loss of this business in Pasco County does not speak well to the ambitious goals of the Board of County Commissioners, working with the Pasco Economic Development Council, outlined in "The Harbors West Market Redevelopment Plan."

I would ask specifically what commissioners are going to do going forward to stop the migration of employment out of Pasco County. Clearly what they are doing currently is not working because the reality is that 200 jobs have left the county.

Ken Savich, Holiday


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