Wednesday, June 20, 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


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18