Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Don't waste time on chicken debate

Chicken proposal is for the birds

In response to the request for having chickens in Spring Hill, Brooksville or any other urban or suburban area — you have got to be kidding. Are roosters worse than hens? Yes. Are hens quiet and acceptable in close proximity to other homes? Absolutely not.

Anyone who has ever had or been around chickens knows better. Hens, when laying eggs, are as loud as roosters, and they are not on a schedule to only make their loud cackling when convenient to some daytime workers. Many people work nights and really need to get some sleep even it is inconvenient to some.

I, unlike some people frequenting the commission meetings, have extended experience in raising fowl. Not to say I am an expert, but I can give an honest, knowledgeable response to this situation.

Chemical-free eggs are available in practically all our grocery stores, even though they cost a little more than the regular eggs. Nobody can raise backyard chickens and collect their own eggs anywhere close to the cost of the eggs from the stores. Feed and any other associated costs will be far more than going to the grocery store.

Besides the noise and the cost of raising chickens, the stench is terrible. Of course, if fluctuates with the number of chickens, but it is definitely there regardless.

I had to laugh out loud when one of our commissioners stated that chickens don't smell. This was an embarrassment to the County Commission and the people of Hernando County.

Also, if there is anything that we don't need more of it is raw sewage being dumped on the ground to find its way into our water supply, wells, etc. This would only add to the waste being dumped into our water supply by who knows how many pets in this county.

If anyone takes a serious, unbiased look at this dooryard chicken request, you won't even consider it or waste the commission's time. This county has a lot more problems with which to be concerned. To look at a request is reasonable. Wasting time on this is not common sense.

Danny R. Schoonover, Spring Hill

Saving a life is a pure act of valor | Dan DeWitt column, March 3

Deputy shows his true character

Having known Deputy Scot Lamia in high school I have recollections of a warm, sensible individual and a young man of good will. Following his career in the news over the years caused me to worry that some good part of him had been lost.

After reading Dan DeWitt's column I am reassured that a good deputy remains a good man as well. Congratulations, Scott. Many people are proud of you.

Barrett Hardy, Spring Hill

Trap, yes; but don't release March 1, letter

Don't mess with the laws of nature

According to a recent letter writer, those of us that allow our domestic cats to roam on our property should be fined because our cats occasionally kill birds, squirrels, lizards and other "endangered species," and because they severely threaten our fragile ecosystem.

Fine. Let's spend a few million dollars to increase the size and scope of government to ferret out people who let their cats run freely, and slap a citation on them, maybe even a little incarceration, to teach them a lesson, to get with the program.

While we're throwing government money around to achieve what the writer wishes, perhaps we could ante up a few more million for a study on how many billions of birds and mammals are devoured by raptors every year, and then devise a plan to cull the raptors so as to insure a balanced ecosystem, an ecosystem that cats have been a part of throughout history.

I have at least 25 bird feeders, and an equal amount of birdhouses on my property, as well as four birdbaths. I enjoy watching the birds. I don't enjoy watching my cat kill one, but she has killed far fewer dove, robins, cedar waxwings and cardinals than all the red shouldered hawks that are so ubiquitous.

I have a dog that has killed close to 20 squirrels and as many snakes, in the last three years. I have two other dogs that routinely kill lizards. Must I keep them inside and teach them to use a litter box? Dogs and cats have been killing birds and smaller animals for eons. As much as the letter writer dislikes it, this is a fact of nature and to try to change the laws of nature is foolish and ill-advised.

Alex Vann, Brooksville

Coyotes, hawks the real killers

Several years ago we had feral cats in the neighborhood. We also had bobwhites calling and coming by with their broods. Rabbits were abundant. Then a large area of land was cleared and the coyotes came. The feral cats disappeared along with the rabbits and bobwhites.

Moles and voles are destructively tunneling through the yards now that the cats do not get rid of them. People are using poison to get rid of the pests, thus poisoning the aquifer. A short-tailed hawk regularly swoops through the yard carrying off birds.

Use common sense. If the cats are spayed and neutered, they will eventually disappear. Then what will you do about the coyotes?

Margaret Reid, Spring Hill


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litigants would ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18