Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Compliments, concerns about Brooksville Common

Common is not welcoming to all

I read with great pleasure Dan DeWitt's recent column about the Brooksville Common and if it was really and truly a commons, it would be welcoming to all people.

We taxpayers put $10,000 into that religious pool. We sure don't have separation of church and state in this town.

What is the city of Brooksville going to do when all the other churches in town want $10,000 for a project? City officials can't turn them down after handing over $10,000 to one denomination.

Thanks to Dan for exposing the justification for the common.

Jan Kalnbach, Brooksville

Proud of effort to build monument

I cannot imagine the sacrifices that were made to bring the Brooksville Common to a reality in a short period of time. We owe some person a great big thank you, or better yet, we owe a lot of people. What a beautiful addition to any community.

It seems all those at Brooksville First United Methodist Church are a force to be reckoned with. Brooksville will never be the same again. I believe Dr. Gary Wilson and Marilyn had an idea about a "gathering place" need for the community, and from there it grew. And how it grew!

After much talking and a lot of meetings, the actual physical work began. Not very long after that the dream became a reality. The dedication was held May 1 on National Day of Prayer. How fitting for such a project.

All of us in this community are so proud. Bless all of you involved with the common and rest assured it will be a very busy place from now on.

Julia Jinkens, Brooksville

Why are plane, pilot still missing?

Apparently we have our own version of Malaysia Flight 370 — a plane flying from Citrus to Pasco County. They can't find the plane or pilot. What do you mean the government can't find the plane? We are always told they can find us anytime, anyplace.

The search for a 74-year-old has been called off. What? If anyone steals a loaf of bread they will be looking for you until hell freezes over.

Craig Bolton, Brooksville

Remember kids without mothers

Mothers' Day was a hard day for children who don't live with their mothers because of abuse or neglect. As a guardian ad litem, the less obvious side of this holiday and of the approaching Father's Day comes to the forefront of my mind.

While many of us spent last Sunday celebrating mothers who were a source of stability and love throughout our lives, it is important to realize that many children felt an opposite set of emotions because their mothers failed to meet their parental duties and responsibilities.

I salute all women, whether they are grandmothers, aunts, family friends or foster mothers, caring for those children who missed their mothers and were unable to go home because home wasn't a safe place.

These children are the victims, and to all of you women who listen and respond to the needs of the children in the dependency system, thank you. I hope others will consider how they can be a positive part of a child's life. One simple way is by volunteering as a guardian ad litem and speaking on behalf of an abused or neglected child's best interest in the court system. Dads should consider joining us as well.

Peg Donovan, Spring Hill


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