Friday, April 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Fine arts learning key to academic success

Our schools: Where music dies

I was recently shown a letter from the principal of Central High School that said there will not be a band or chorus program next year. This is a tragedy. I also found out that Deltona Elementary School has no music or art program. Nature Coast Technical High School did away with their program a few years ago. A lot of other elementary schools have little or no music or fine arts. Some of the middle schools are in jeopardy of loosing what little programs that are left.

Is Hernando County going to be the place where the music dies? Research shows music is actually a foundation of learning. People who have music integrated with the rest of their subjects actually learn more easily then those who haven't. Is anyone here in our county paying attention? Have they not seen that the two A schools in the county have extensive fine arts programs integrated into the curriculum? Why are we letting the fine arts be decimated in our county?

Fine arts have taken a back burner to the standardized tests that only go into verbal and math skills. Why don't the powers that be do the research to see how many of the higher scoring test-takers have been exposed to music and the fine arts? If we sit back and watch this happen without speaking up we are all doing a disservice to our children and to our county.

Valerie Moore, Spring Hill

No impact fees impacts taxpayer

Is it Penny for Progress or Bob the Builder bail out? County commissioners are pushing a one-cent sales tax to fund capital projects. This sales tax increase is in addition to the property tax increase last year, the increase in fees for parks and other services and the most recent increase in water and sewer rates.

Why does the county need the money? Because it needs to recoup the millions of dollars and growing in lost impact fees waived since 2011. Impact fees are assessed on new construction to pay for the impact caused by growth, but to appease political supporters some impact fees have been waived for the past four years. Now the county residents and businesses who paid these fees in the past are being asked to ante up $10 million in intersection improvements at State Road 50 and Mariner Boulevard — the same intersection that will be further stressed by the addition of the new strip mall built without impact fees.

We also are being asked to ante up millions for an economic development trust fund with few details provided and the city of Brooksville also would also get a portion for unspecified capital projects. The numbers the county administrator is putting out make no sense since they are spending more than the is anticipated to be collected. It must be that government math.

The school board needs to oppose coupling the extension of the existing half-cent education sales tax with the county's push for the additional half-cent tax and wrapping it up in the Bob the Builder bail out penny tax. The commission hung the school board out to dry by not voting to impose the school impact fees this year.

Raising the sales tax is not a sure thing regardless of the support from the builder and business community because the only folks benefiting are those who are the cause of the problem.

Anne Kraus-Keenan, Spring Hill

Oak Hill chapel is moving, but safe

Many people have approached me to express concern because they heard the chapel on the first floor of Oak Hill Hospital was going to be eliminated. I didn't realize that so many people (patients, volunteers and visitors) visited the non-denomination chapel at the hospital.

So I called hospital CEO Mickey Smith and asked him if the chapel was closing. He assured me that the area where the chapel exist now will be used for another purpose, but the chapel will be moved to another location.

Thank you, Mr. Smith. Concerned folks can breath easy. Your chapel is not going away.

Nick Morana, Spring Hill


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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18