Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Don't wipe away Aripeka

Slowly wiping Aripeka off the map

If I were just a little more of a conspiracy theorist, I'd think that a concentrated effort was being made to wipe Aripeka off the map.

Prior to the last general election, I received a voter registration card that showed my address as Hudson. Shortly after that, while wandering in the wilds of east Pasco, I pressed the home button on my GPS and, to my surprise, my address came up as Hudson.

I ordered something from the Internet, and the shipping instructions would not allow Aripeka as a destination; instead, I was asked, "Do you mean Hudson, FL?"

As of last week, the Aripeka post office, founded in 1887 and in continuous service at its current location since 1922, is closed. To get my mail, I must drive to Hudson, even though my mailing address remains ZIP 34679 (Aripeka). My new post office box will be located 5.5 miles from my old box.

What's next? Will my property tax bill reflect this new nonexistence of Aripeka? Will the county now forget to maintain Aripeka Road at even the minimum level of service they now provide? Will the trash hauler management still deign to pick up my garbage?

We used to have a T-shirt that read, "Aripeka, shhhhhh keep it a secret." I guess we sold too many.

Mac Davis, Aripeka

Remembering iconic journalist

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jan Glidewell and appreciated Bill Stevens' commentary on this unique journalist. I particularly appreciated a piece Jan wrote defending state HRS child protective staff many years ago. It was a time that they were the punching bag of politicians and the public at large.

I remember writing a letter on one occasion of his suggested retirement, that he retired more times than George Foreman, the late boxer. I was fortunate to get to know him personally. I will miss his columns and I will miss him.

Marc Yacht, Hudson

A premier, and mindful, county

I want to thank all who participated in our efforts to oppose the five-cents-a-gallon gas tax in Pasco County.

This was a difficult decision for our county commissioners. Pasco County can be a premier county. However, we always must be able to afford any program, be prudent in our expenditures and be sensitive to the economic situation of our residents.

James Mathieu, Port Richey

Let lobbyist work for $1 a year

I don't care if Shawn Foster is the most wonderful man in the world and helped Kathryn Starkey get elected. C.T. Bowen told the public — that is, the taxpayers who bother to read the editorial page — that it was unnecessary to send a Pasco lobbyist to Tallahassee when we are blessed with the cadre of professional politicians from Pasco who can swing anything they want for Pasco.

Ask Mr. Foster if he would do what school superintendent Kurt Browning did for us. Would he be willing to work for $1 a year if it meant we could hire a new fire rescue paramedic with the money he is paid for doing a job that influential people say is not needed?

Kathy Lambert, Dade City.


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18