Thursday, February 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Commissioner wrong to dispute sinkhole data

Dukes' sinkhole stance disturbing

I saw Commissioner Wayne Dukes on a television news report and then read his stand on sinkholes again in a local newspaper. I am aghast that someone who is not a scientist would dispute a well-respected professional in the field.

There are a number of substantiated sinkholes in my community. You can literally walk under my neighbor's house. I am from the Midwest. But if I had know about the sinkhole problem in Hernando County I would have taken steps to stabilize my house before building it. To say that it not necessary is beyond belief.

Hernando County allows building on questionable land. I think one has to ask who owns the land that is developed. Many investors in the county picked up parcels at great prices and now they use their considerable clout to get the permits necessary to develop. There is no concern for those who buy these homes.

I happen to be one of those with a sinkhole. I can't get relief from Citizens Insurance even though they gladly accept my premium. So, I live with a crack that runs from the front to the back of my home and gets bigger every month. And that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Since Commissioner Dukes thinks our ground is safe maybe he can take a stand with insurers to make sure repairs are done when he is wrong.

Paula Trehey, Weeki Wachee

Does WREC have no decency? | Feb. 9 letter

Co-op customers deserve better

I agree that the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative increases are unfair. And I wish my Social Security was $1,200. I get way less.

It's really ironic that we can't allow another company into Hernando as maybe then electric prices will drop.

Last year my air conditioner was broken, so I went through the summer with fans. The winter was way harder, but I did get through it. This year I have used my heat, but only at night. It looks as though I'll have to give up using my central heat and air once again.

Once someone told me that we the people were co-owners of WREC. If this is true, I say, "You're all fired." No decency, no compassion. It's all about money.

Dorothy R. Rockwell, Spring Hill

The right place for fluoride

I feel putting fluoride in the water is a bad idea.

I think putting it on the ballot would be a good idea.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

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Wednesday’s letters:

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Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

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Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

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Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

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Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

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Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

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Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18