Friday, March 16, 2018
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


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....
Updated: 9 hours ago

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

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18

Tuesday’s letters: Our government isn’t responsive to the people

Senate’s focus: safety | March 4American democracy is failingThe checks and balances that once kept our representative democracy from being overrun by the power elite and the extreme political factions they target and manipulate are failing. As t...
Published: 03/05/18