Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Charge impact fee to pay for infrastructure

Don't let builders off the hook

Here we go again. A logical solution to a future problem is being rejected again by the Hernando Builders Association and the real estate lobby. Raising impact fees from zero to fund educational infrastructure is considered by these groups as a hindrance to selling homes.

A few years ago, their argument to lower impact fees to zero, which the Republican-controlled County Commission supported, was to keep prices low to generate sales and more tax revenues for the county. The results were neither. Now that sales and permits are beginning to rise again as part of a national trend they still don't want to pay impact fees because it will hinder sales and put the burden on the buyer. Sound familiar?

Let's just see where the burden really is. If the School Board does not collect impact fees, necessary technology for students and implementation of educational programs can be affected. New school construction and preventive maintenance will be affected. The burden will fall on our children first, then the individual taxpayers of Hernando County with tax increases.

The bottom line is simple, there is no cost to the builders. All costs are passed on to the buyers of new homes. If people like myself want to live in Hernando and use our roads, schools, libraries and government facilities, we should be responsible to pay for that infrastructure and services when first building our home.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill

Pritz' move needs reconsideration

The week before the winter holiday break, Hernando superintendent Dr. Lori Romano announced that Ken Pritz, assistant superintendent, would be moved to warehouse manager. Ken, a more than 30-year district employee, has held numerous leadership roles for our district, with distinction, for the past 20 years. He has moved many schools from "typical" to "exemplary," and helped our district achieve a grade of A. He is now the manager of the warehouse.

I know the School Board made the decision to hire Dr. Romano, and I will assume she has many good qualities. While I am not suggesting that the board revisit that decision, I am suggesting that the decision to move Ken be rethought. I am reminded of a quote from George Soros, "Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes."

This shouldn't be how we treat our employees. Employees who have a proven track record, a leader who knows how to move schools, should be treated with respect. If this can happen to Ken Pritz, it can happen to anyone. Shouldn't we try to find ways to work together, to capitalize on the maturity, wisdom and historical knowledge of a proven, valued leader, before we decide that they have outlived their worth to the leadership of the organization?

Dr. Romano suggested that Ken may not have the heart for curriculum. You cannot move a high school from a perennial D to a B without a knowledge of and a heart for curriculum.

It is my hope that those who read this letter might use their voice to question how we treat our valued, dedicated and professional employees. Use your voice to share your opinions about Ken, and how we treat our employees, with your elected School Board representatives.

Joe Clifford, Dade City

Getting hosed by TV-ordered hose

Last spring, I ordered a garden hose for approximately $25 from a company advertising on television. The hose arrived, but the company withdrew $149 from my account.

I wrote them, I called them, but to no avail. The Better Business Bureau couldn't or wouldn't help me. The TV station said they weren't responsible. My last hope — I sent the hose back to the company for a refund, but received no acknowledgment nor refund. All I have is the box the hose arrived in and a $149 loss.

How can a scam like this continue to exist? And what good is the Better Business Bureau? Never again. I guess I trusted too much.

Dorothy Lind, Spring Hill

Best wishes to shelter director

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will never be the same without Joanne Schoch. Eleven long years. Elected president in 2003 and, the next year, hired as the shelter's first executive director.

I was a volunteer back then when the shelter still had the three buildings with clothing and sales every Saturday. Joanne and I did not get along at that time, but we became good friends. I can only say that I think she has done a great job getting the shelter to where it is now.

I only hope that the $150,000 needed for the shelter's expansion starts coming so that Joanne's and everyone's dream comes through for the shelter.

I know that everyone who knows Joanne is wishing her the best in whatever she needs to do health wise. She will miss all her four-legged friends as well as her two-legged ones. Good luck, Joanne.

Nancy Eslick, Brooksville


Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

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Updated: 3 hours ago

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18