Friday, May 25, 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.


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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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

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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

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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