Friday, December 15, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Community support would boost high school ROTC

ROTC worthy of your support

Springstead High School Air Force ROTC had its awards ceremony on April 2, acknowledging the dedication and commitments of its marvelous cadet corps in leadership, service and excellence with integrity and camaraderie in unity and purpose. More than a dozen veteran organizations were on stage to present their awards as well as offering certificates and scholarship money to many exceptional ROTC standouts.

What is needed desperately is an infusion of funds to maintain critical curricula outlined for these high school students now that the Department of Defense have cut millions from nonessential programs, including ROTC.

Every charitable group, organization, company, industry, and church needs to prioritize donations to Springstead ROTC with haste and in good conscience. These are the youth in our midst to serve when needed. These are the youth who have gone beyond the bounds of their commitment to scholastic excellence.

Let's all pitch in and help with donations dedicated to their growth and commitment to military programs that build individual respect and pride.

Deron Mikal, Brooksville

Trace litterers via fingerprints

My husband and I have traveled in five countries outside the United States, and our country has more trash along our streets and highways than any other. One solution that might be considered is to make it mandatory that everyone's fingerprints be taken either at birth or when they start school.

How many people would toss trash around if they thought they'd be discovered via fingerprints and would have to pay a fine? There is no deterrent to stop children or adults from littering when- and wherever they feel like.

Sylvia Stark, Brooksville

Support troops with your vote

There are quite a few "Support the Troops" bumper stickers, decals, signs etc. That's nice. But there is a more tangible and effective way to give and demonstrate that support. This Congress as well as the previous Congress has reduced spending for active duty military and their families, veterans, and the VA. Active -duty military should not have their pay raises cut or eliminated. Active-duty families should not have to live in substandard housing. Veterans should not have the benefits they were promised taken away, should not have to live on the streets, should not have to be on food stamps to survive.

The best way to let the troops know they have your support is to vote out of office all the congressmen and senators who voted for and supported these cuts. It doesn't matter which political party they are, it doesn't matter which political party you are. Politics plays no role in doing what is right. Support the troops!

Wayne McVay, Spring Hill


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17