Friday, May 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Fracking bad for water supply, property values

Fracking is bad for water supply

It was with great interest that I read the column by Brewster Bevis of Associated Industries of Florida advocating for pro-fracking bills.

AIF, as you may recall, fought against the acquisition and protection of state lands because they believe that state conservation lands are a barrier to more power lines and pipelines. They also lobbied to use Amendment 1 funds for infrastructure projects rather than the purchase of conservation lands, against the will of the voters.

So it should come as no surprise that Mr. Bevis would write an article including cherry-picked anecdotes of a few isolated incidents of increases in property values near fracking. Anecdotes are not data.

A Duke University study found that home prices dropped by an average of $30,167 when shale drilling occurred within a mile of areas using well water. And while Mr. Bevis claims that there is no science that shows the health of those living near well sites is negatively affected, Physicians for Social Responsibility's "2015 Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking" shows that, in close to 300 studies of fracking, 84 percent of original research studies on human health risks found signs of harm or indication of potential harm.

The science is on the side of banning fracking, not creating industry-friendly regulations that lay out the welcome mat to fracking in Florida. I urge everybody concerned with the safety of our water supply to urge their legislators to vote "no'' on HB 191 and SB 319.

Pat Carver, Dade City

Donated juror fees help shelter

In 2014, the office of Pasco Clerk of the Court and Comptroller Paula S. O'Neil started a program to allow jurors to voluntarily donate their jury service fees to one of three charities. Sunrise of Pasco, a domestic and sexual violence center, was one of the charities selected.

Thanks to the program, Sunrise received over $2,000 in donations in 2015. To put that donation in perspective, $2,000 could cover the cost of two families' entire stay at the shelter. Sunrise is extremely grateful to the jurors who chose Sunrise and to O'Neil for implementing this program.

With help from the community, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who have survived domestic and/or sexual violence.

Michelle Crowder-Soellner, Dade City

Disrespect for American flag

I am a resident of Port Richey and travel Bay Boulevard often. I am very concerned about the disrespect and negligence of an American flag hanging from a tree along this street.

This flag is literally in shreds and very faded. I think this is very disrespectful of anyone displaying our wonderful flag that represents our freedom and the many people who have lost their lives defending our great country.

A neighbor of mine has even stopped at the house displaying it and offered to replace it with a new one. The man who answered the door rejected his offer.

Isn't there something someone can do to correct this atrocity?

Betty Kinsella, Port Richey


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18