Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Gerrymandering diminishes voters' enthusiasm

Gerrymandering results in voters' disengagement

The concern over the flood of fliers in the District 36 state House race is not surprising. The mailers are certainly harsh and intentionally scary, but entirely expected.

District 36 is one of the few competitive seats in the Florida House. Most others (along with most Senate districts) having been gerrymandered to assure a Republican lock on the Legislature in a state with a slight Democratic plurality. As a result, both parties and special interest groups are spending generously.

The unfortunate consequence is the disengagement of citizens from a political process in which they are already disempowered due to gerrymandering.

Dell deChant, New Port Richey

Political apathy of some homeowners is stunning

I've have had the freedom as a citizen of going door to door in support of a political candidate of my choice. I feel it my duty as a citizen to do so. Some people respond to my presence at their door with "not interested."

I stand there stunned with my Navy veteran ball cap on wondering "Who are these people?" I swore an oath as a Navy volunteer to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

These are people who live less than a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, in single-family homes, and they're not interested? Do they pay for flood insurance?

Joe King, New Port Richey

Sidewalks on both sides of roads are a waste of money

Very few people will use the 5 miles of sidewalk on both sides of U.S. 98, a 55-mph highway. They put sidewalk between DeCubellis and Trouble Creek roads on sides of the street that very few people use. And there are sidewalks on both sides of Seven Springs Boulevard from Mitchell Boulevard to Perrine Ranch Road.

If county officials cared, they could install sidewalks on just one side of a street and have extra money to put additional sidewalks someplace else.

W. Wood, New Port Richey


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18