Sunday, January 21, 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: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
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

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

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

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

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

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18