Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Close Pasco gun loophole for better public safety

Gun bill still has safety loophole

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed HB 1355 into law, which stops those who voluntarily commit themselves for mental treatment and are found dangerous from buying a firearms. They are placed on the national criminal background check list. They will be removed from the list when a judge and physician agree they are no longer a danger to themselves or others. Those who are involuntarily committed to mental treatment were already being added to the background checklist.

To quote Scott, "The law will prevent dangerous people with mental illness from being able to buy guns. Everyone should support that and thank government for caring."

Unfortunately the background check is only done by licensed firearm dealers. In Pasco County, persons who are mentally ill and criminals can buy firearms at gun shows and flea markets from unlicensed dealers without a background check.

This is a gaping loophole that allows felons and the mentally ill to get firearms and threaten our safety. We do not have to accept this as a way of life.

I would like to be able thank our government for caring, but our county commissioners are fostering gun crime and placing us all in greater danger of gun violence by refusing to require criminal background checks at gun shows. The Pasco County Commission's inaction is a threat to public safety.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Catch people lighting fireworks

It is truly disappointing that the police department and Sheriff's Office do not come out to catch people setting off these canisters and very large explosives in residential neighborhoods until all hours of the night.

There is no way the authorities cannot see all of these fireworks going up in the air. Why should the rest of us have to come out the next morning and clean up the mess in our yards?

Maryann Studley, Port Richey

Better system needed for alerts

Pasco County must address the importance of a more viable form of public service announcements.

On the recent water boil alert, I was informed by a neighbor who was alerted by a phone call to her landline. The latest data suggest only 25 percent of residents still have a landline. Furthermore, I saw an electronic sign announcing the alert, tucked away on a side road. This is unacceptable for a county on the cusp of great happenings.

An up-to-date alert system should be a cornerstone for our infrastructure. I was more informed of the fireworks display at the Shops of Wiregrass via Facebook than informed of a potential water contamination.

We must maintain some congruency between our growth and our infrastructure in order to continue to develop into a well-respected county that is able to compete with Hillsborough and Pinellas in the quest to be competitive and ultimately equivalent in attracting large businesses and well-informed residents alike.

Barbara Tigue, Land O'Lakes

Editor's note: The Florida Governmental Utility Authority was responsible for the alert to three Land O'Lakes neighborhoods.


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
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Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

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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