Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

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
Updated: 04/23/18

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

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

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