Sunday, April 22, 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.


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18