Monday, January 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Drone contract worth the effort

Drones present a safety issue and Job creation not worth the risk | April 14 letters

Drones are to keep troops safe

In response to the two letters, I say, they do sound like Chicken Little when it comes to the potential drone testing could bring to Brooksville's economy.

Do you really think that drone testing eventually will lead to drones firing missiles at wanted fugitives that live in Brooksville or Spring Hill? Really? Planes are used by the military, so should we shut down the airport, too?

Drones are used so we don't have to risk the lives of our sons and daughters serving overseas. So, yes, that multimillion-dollar contract is worth fighting for because it's good for Brooksville's economy.

Steven Lee, Brooksville

Testing has iffy safety history

County Commission Chairman David Russell is correct that unmanned drone testing in a populated area is dangerous.

The safety record of military testing is not reassuring.

Let's be very careful about this idea.

John Cannon, Spring Hill

Funding choices make no sense

I don't understand how we can give subsidies of billions of dollars to Big Oil, how we can allow big business to get away with paying little or no taxes, how our defense spending can be more than the next 12 countries combined, but we don't fully fund Head Start.

Wayne McVay, Spring Hill

Drop in coverage is disappointing

Perhaps you have missed something. Both world and national news are so readily available and more up to date on the Internet than in the newspaper that your coverage is at best explanatory, giving a more complete story.

As a longtime subscriber, I selected your paper because of local coverage. I go first to Hernando Times and then to Local. These are stories I don't find elsewhere. I am terribly disappointed in your decision to decrease the Hernando section. Based on the days it did not exist before, the local Hernando coverage was minimal, and that seems to be the case now. Some time ago you discontinued your Citrus County section. What did that do for your circulation there? I like the newspaper and don't want to cancel – yet – but your decisions are frustrating and not adequately explained.

Sandra Baldwin, Spring Hill


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Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

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Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

Trump’s sanity grades | Jan. 19, commentaryAn inept journalistic diagnosisI was worried the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t find someone qualified to rebuke the findings of noted physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. To the rescue came the brilliant Gail Collins...
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Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18