Friday, January 19, 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.


Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18