Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Don't sit out city elections

Getting set for the votes on April 9

Preparations are under way for important upcoming municipal elections in New Port Richey, St. Leo and Zephyrhills on Tuesday, April 9.

Municipal elections are only for voters residing within city limits, and there is always confusion as to who is eligible.

Owning a business within city limits does not qualify you as an elector, and although there are many county addresses that use city names, they are not physically located within municipal boundaries.

While these elections are funded by the individual cities, my office provides the election administration. We will fulfill our obligation with extreme attention to detail and accuracy.

Historically, our municipal governments experience very low voter turnout. In 2012, just over 7 percent of the electorate voted in Zephyrhills and less than 6 percent in New Port Richey. These elections may be small, but are no less important.

Local elected officials can have more of an impact on our day-to-day lives than those elected on a national level.

I would like to encourage all eligible electors to participate in choosing their local leadership. City residents have until Monday, March 11 to register to vote for this year's municipal election.

Eligible voters will have two voting options for this election, by absentee ballot or at the polling place on Election Day. Any voters with questions or requiring assistance can call us at 800-851-8754 or visit If you an eligible voter in one of these municipalities, it is my hope that you will do your civic duty to ensure we have a vigorous turnout for these important contests.

Brian Corley, supervisor of elections, New Port Richey

Please keep the red light cameras

I want to express my deep concern regarding the need for red light cameras. The camera's ability to capture the red light runners is so important for traffic safety, fewer accidents, public welfare and the best for residents.

In today's world, there are many distractions while driving on the roads. We need to do everything, within reason, to make our roads safer and this includes continuing the use of red light cameras located at the major intersections. Please keep red light cameras.

Don Hayden, Wesley Chapel


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

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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

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18