Monday, December 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Government agencies have right idea on evacuation routes

New evacuation route not needed

It is refreshing that the EPA is functioning and fulfilling the purpose of protecting the public lands from the greedy developers, swamp busters and their cronies in our local and state governments.

The original suggestion of the EPA, the Corps of Engineers and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to continue widening State Road 52 and Moon Lake Road as evacuation routes is still the most cost effective and sensible solution. The answer to Michele Baker's comment that we are wasting taxpayer money attempting to overcome the EPA's objections, seems to provide its own answer.

Quit throwing taxpayer money away pursing a destructive, unnecessary, doomed project and follow the EPA's suggestions. They are right, you are wrong. Accept and move on to more important uses of precious taxpayer money. Please stop attempting to destroy so much of the Serenova Wilderness Preserve for such an unnecessary project.

I have long wondered why the Pasco County commissioners have pushed so hard for this project when every explanation of justification is so weak and unsupportable. The payoff cannot be for the greater good of the majority of Pasco County residents.

Frank Schroeder, Land O'Lakes

Firearms cache is tip of the iceberg | Feb. 15 letter

License to sell guns hard to get

Any person or organization can restrict firearms on their property. Ever been to Disneyland? As for "selling guns out of a home," existing county regulations preclude residential-zoned property owners from conducting business from their homes. If there is a flaw in Hernando's zoning regulations perhaps the writer should work to change it.

The writer also seems not to know that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) is the agency that issues licenses to sell firearms. The applicant must demonstrate to a federal law enforcement officer that all county, state and BATF requirements have been met as well as submit to one of the most extensive background investigations. I know what this entails as I once held a federal firearms license.

The NRA represents a segment of the population who believe in all of the U.S. Constitution just like the writer claims to represent those who seem to not. Restricting law-abiding, licensed, armed citizens is not the solution; they already demonstrated they are trustworthy.

Richard Golden, San Antonio


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17