Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Keep land preserved in unspoiled state

Preserve plans aren't a good idea

The 11,206-acre Weekiwachee Preserve should remain unspoiled for future generations. The idea is to create another swimming beach for county residents at an abandoned rock quarry on the property. Everyone from our current commissioners, state lawmakers and the water district's land management division appears to favor this idea.

It is seen by the county as a boon to tourism, the creation of jobs and economic development. In fact, it is a total waste of taxpayer dollars and a bad idea. This is certainly not Hernando County's answer to a Disney attraction. The entrance is near an overloaded sewage treatment plant and a refuse collection station. This location stinks (literally).

Who is going to manage this area? We don't even have lifeguards at Pine Island. The state learned this lesson the hard way by providing public access to the Weeki Wachee River at the Chassahowitzka Preserve. How many years has this area been closed to the public? My only interpretation of this twisted logic is that the Weekiwachee Preserve is already pockmarked by human activity, so why not a little more?

Our tax dollars would be better spent in dismantling the Osowaw sewage treatment plant and upgrading county infrastructure needs, rather than gambling that thousands of tourists will flock to swim at an abandoned rock quarry.

The Weeki Wachee Springs State Park's master plan already earmarks funds for an education center. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is the gem of Hernando County, not an abandoned rock quarry. Our focus should be on preserving this natural habitat and not infringing upon it for any reason.

Leslie E. Sharpe, Brooksville

Decision on Pritz raises questions

I have had children in the Hernando County school system for 20 years and still have some in the system. During that time, I have observed numerous stories in this newspaper about the assignments and success of the work of Ken Pritz. Not only has he been a teacher and a coach, but he also has been a quality administrator, recognized and valued by his supervisors and previous superintendents. According to all reports he excelled in every position, including bringing Hernando High back from the brink of failure.

Now current superintendent Lori Romano, contrary to Mr. Pritz's proven ability and success, determines he is incapable of continuing in his position. I would have to question Ms. Romano's judgement and would be concerned about other decisions she is making that will impact the schools and students of Hernando County. Her appointment as superintendent also reflects on the judgement of the School Board that hired her.

C.B. Fouts, Brooksville


Wednesday’s letters:

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Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

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Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

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Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

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Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

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Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

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Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

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Published: 02/13/18