Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Don't buy home near Interstate 75 if you don't like noise

Interstate noise was there first

I also live near Interstate 75. It was there long before I bought my home. Yes, there is traffic noise, again, long before I bought my home.

I have an issue with anyone buying a home near any distractions (highway, airport, manufacturing, etc) and then immediately starts complaining about the problem. Simple solution: Don't buy it in the first place (you heard the noise while you were looking at buying) or sell the house and move.

It is not the Department of Transportation's responsibility to fix your mistake in making your purchase.

Arnie Glauser, Wesley Chapel

West Pasco again gets short shrift

As a resident, business owner and taxpayer of Pasco County I am personally offended by the article about the SunWest Park. It stated Commissioner Jack Mariano "found dozens of allies in the audience. They wore white T-shirts that said I (heart) SunWest. Many later said the chairman urged them to attend.''

That is very misleading. We complained to Commissioner Mariano about funds we think we deserve for this park. Lets talk facts. I ask every taxpayer in Pasco County, especially in west Pasco, to see where most of the tourism money has gone. You will be amazed. So, commissioners, stop acting like you're doing west Pasco/SunWest Park a favor.

Is the commission building projects in east Pasco in phases like SunWest? Did Commissioner Ted Schrader really walk out of a public hearing? Wow! Who is really spreading propaganda, who is really misrepresenting the board?

More than $11 million has gone towards projects in Wesley Chapel, but we have to fight for money for a second restroom. I'm from west Pasco and I'll keep fighting for what I think is right.

John Tountas, Hudson

Candidate plays the name game

Do you really know who you are voting for? The Mike Wells signs you see are not for Mike Wells, the property appraiser, who you have known and elected for years. The signs are for his son.

There are all kinds of disclosure laws for candidates and there should be one that requires a candidate, with the same name as an elected official (or past official), to clarify who he or she really is. Whether a person is qualified or not is up to you to decide. Vote informed when you go to the polls.

Wil Nickerson, Holiday


Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

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

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
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

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

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

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
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