Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Enterprising shoe-shine boy should be encouraged

Business owner deserves support

John Callea, owner of the Rising Sun Cafe, stepped forward to help out a young boy using his summer to raise money for a religious trip by shining shoes at the courthouse. I don't know Mr. Callea and have only been in his restaurant twice in the 12 years I have lived in Spring Hill, but it seems to me that his name appears very frequently when Brooksville is in need of some kind of community support, whether on an individual basis — like 12-year-old Patrick MacGregor — or for larger events like the weekly farmer's market or the Blueberry Festival or helping the homeless and our veterans.

I also read where the cafe is in some financial difficulty because of the economic slowdown. Well, it seems to me it's about time I made another visit to this restaurant to help support a couple who seem to be doing so much for our larger community. If even half of the 170,000 residents who live in Hernando County were to say "thank you" by having a meal in their restaurant this year, not only would we all have a nice meal, but we'd be able to help a family who has always been ready to help us.

Kathleen East, Spring Hill

Blame lawyers for decision

I disagree with columnist Dan DeWitt. There is a villain in the situation with the shoe-shining 12 year old. But, no, it's not Brenda Frazier, she is merely doing her job. And, no, it is not a hard-hearted county bureaucracy. Dan is right, public space cannot be turned into ad hoc flea markets so a permitting process is perfectly appropriate.

The true villain in this is our litigious society. Governments and businesses must pay out enormous amounts to protect themselves from shark lawyers. Obviously, the cost is then borne by the taxpayers and consumers.

If ever there was a poster boy for the need for tort reform, it is 12-year-old Patrick MacGregor

Ray Kelly, Spring Hill

Work ethic will last a lifetime

What a pleasure to read the story concerning Patrick MacGregor,

All is not lost when you see the picture of a young man such as Patrick taking the initiative to earn money for a mission trip the old fashioned way with hard work on his part. He is already establishing a work ethic that will guide him through his entire life. And incidentally, praise should go to his parents for encouraging such habits.

Congratulations to you, Patrick, once again. Do not change.

Julia Jinkens, Brooksville

Fire fee gimmick is unfair to the poorest | June 16 editorial

Property tax system in turmoil

Your editorial opposing a fee structure for fire protection exposes a serious lack of logical thinking.

You espouse the theory that fire protection should be based on a property owner's ability to pay and you then jump to the conclusion that it equates to their assessed property value. I know that the ad valorem property tax being levied under the current system has little relationship to an owner's ability to pay.

The current property tax system is a total mess. With willy-nilly exemptions it has always been a mess and now with sinkhole reductions, it is even worse. The property tax one pays is no longer based on the value of the property and it is certainly not a measure of one's ability to pay.

Calvin Mehuron, Spring Hill

Bill explains health care woes

Recently, I cut my finger while pruning a hibiscus bush. No big deal, except I couldn't stop the bleeding. I went to the emergency room at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. I was seen promptly and given a tetanus shot and the wound was closed with surgical glue.

Then the insurance explanation of benefits arrived. The hospital billed my insurer $3,658.99, which included $469.35 for a tetanus immunization and $498 for Dermabond (surgical glue).

I was a registered nurse before I retired and these charges seem extremely excessive to me. My insurance paid $251.51, and the hospital settled for that. No wonder health care in this country is out of control.

Barbara Miles, Spring Hill

Sinkhole homes' values on target

The Hernando County Property Appraiser has properly done his job of true valuation for sinkhole homes. They are worth less than before the issue. Within 100 yards of my repaired sinkhole home are two other identical homes by the same builder.

My completely repaired house is valued at $52,000 by the county, $66,000 by Zillow and cost $124,000 in 2005 and that is its current insured value. The identical house next door, built at the same time, has a nonrepaired sinkhole, is in foreclosure and is valued at $54,000 by the county and $57,000 Zillow. The house across the street is the same model built in 2003 for $86,000. It has a non-repaired sinkhole and is valued $29,000 for tax purposes and $54,000 by Zillow.

Fortunately for us we did not buy our house to flip, but are retired and plan on living out our days here. Value means nothing to us. Had the state or county had the good sense to require boring samples under home-building lots, this would all be a moot point.

Doug Adams, Spring Hill


Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18