Saturday, January 20, 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


Saturdayís letters: Itís not the word, itís the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14Itís not the word; itís the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trumpís prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Fridayís letters: Help for boaters against modern-day Ďpiratesí

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

Thursdayís letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trumpís 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

Wednesdayís letters: St. Petersburgís culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Yearís 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

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Published: 01/16/18
Tuesdayís letters: Trumpís accomplishments unheralded

Tuesdayís letters: Trumpís 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

Mondayís letters: Donít be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Donít 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

Sundayís 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

Saturdayís letters: A wall of towers isnít progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isnít 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

Fridayís 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 Robinsonís experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18