Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Enrichment can replace Internet cafes

Find an Internet cafe alternative

We in the community have got to come to the rescue of all those people mourning the closing of all the Internet cafes in our county. You have my deepest sympathy. They tell us the Internet cafes were their place for socializing and others said, "It was something to do."

I have a better offer. How would you like to go to a site, five days a week, in our county to socialize, to learn, to exercise (if you are up to it) or to play bingo? There are three of these sites to make you forget the Internet cafes and save you a lot of money, too.

For only $15 a year you can become a member of the Enrichment Centers at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital and at the Quarry golf course in Brooksville.

Socializing is our number one asset. Members socialize by learning crafts, engaging in a sing-a-long, quilting, pencil sketching, playing Mahjong, getting a free facial from Mary Kay and by the travel club. The list goes on.

So forget the gambling. Give your money to charity, you'll feel better about giving. Come and see us or go to brooksville on the Web. As an added bonus, with your $15 a year membership, you get all of your Medicare Part A deductible paid if you qualify; legal aid services, a discount at the hospital gift shop, free Wi-Fi hot spot and other benefits.

If that doesn't take your mind off the Internet cafes, I'm sorry.

Nick Morana, Spring Hill

School superintendent salary

Put importance on education

Is the $1,000 over the minimum of the salary range any indication of the importance that we place on education? I hope not. By offering the new superintendent (a female at that), $29,000 less than the outgoing superintendent with fewer perks, the message seems to speak for itself.

Couldn't we at least try to hit midrange, maintaining some element of dignity, and allow her to do so as well? Or have we lost complete sight of the true economic impact of education? The displaced efforts to save money are terribly misguided and insulting.

Education is an investment in our community and should be raised to a higher level rather than demeaned this way. And, why, for the second time in a row, has the School Board gone against the search committee's recommendation? I hope this one pays off better and longer than the last over reach.

Lisa Dallaire, Spring Hill

Schenck fails to help constituents

I couldn't agree with columnist Dan DeWitt more that state Rep. Rob Schenck is not a reformer. In my opinion, he has done nothing for Hernando County. Schenck stated during the election he was going to create jobs. Well, where are the jobs? Except maybe for his cousin who is on the payroll, as Mr. DeWitt stated in his column.

I called Schenck's office several times a year or so ago about sinkhole claims with no response at all. In Spring Hill, we have major problems with Citizens Insurance with sinkhole claims and coverage. He is nowhere to be found and his help is completely non-existent.

So who comes to the rescue for homeowners? State Rep. Mike Fasano who now represents Pasco County, but he still is there to help us out in Hernando County. He has been outstanding to us with our problems and claims with Citizens Insurance.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill

DeWitt just sad he's not included

Columnist Dan DeWitt is back at it, complaining about senior communities in Hernando County. This time regarding the new Brookridge 55-plus community.

The population in age-restricted communities in Hernando County is less than 10 percent of the total population. There are more than 90 percent of mixed communities for others to live in. More than enough.

However, considering DeWitt's frequent complaints in the newspaper about senior communities, I sense he is disappointed, or even angry, by the fact that he is not old enough to qualify to join the age-restricted communities. He should try to fit in and enjoy the 90 percentile.

Paul Kapral, Spring Hill


Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

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Updated: 3 hours ago

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Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

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Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

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Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

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Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

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Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

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Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

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Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18