Thursday, January 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Law skews condominium votes

Condo statute skews votes

Thanks to the Legislature's constant tinkering with Florida Statute 718, which regulates our condominiums, an association conducting a vote on issues related to ownership and bylaws encounters something quite unheard of.

Elections for everything from president to governor, mayor, commissioner and taxation referendum are decided by the voters. When it comes to sections of state law on condominiums, numbers are counted for votes that were not cast.

If the tally of votes cast either for or against an issue totals 70 percent of the number of owners eligible to vote, then the remaining 30 percent of non-votes can be added to the outcome. The issue is decided by the way the issue is worded A failure to vote can be tallied either as a "yes'' or a "no'' depending on the wording of the amendment/agreement. F.S. 718 demands voting something up or down a majority of all those eligible to vote. Try applying this logic to any electoral process in this country which relies on the voice of the people who vote, not on the voice of those that do not vote.

Soon voters in Florida will be considering a constitutional amendment in regards to medical marijuana. The law requires a 60 percent affirmative vote from the number of votes cast, not a 60 percent plurality from the population of eligible voters. How can any rational thinking individual think that this F.S. 718 exception to the democratic process is fair to condominium owners in Florida?

Joseph M. Kobus, New Port Richey

Fired deputy gets benefits March 9 article

A note about unemployment

In Alex Orlando's report, he states that the former deputy collects $275 a week from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office allegedly in the form of unemployment benefits.

Unemployment checks are disbursed from a fund in Tallahassee, which has been built by contributions from all employers in this state. To suggest that the money is coming from the Sheriff's Office would imply that the agency is being punished for some machination, which is not the case.

Please learn about the mechanics of our state unemployment benefit system, and strive to make your reporting a little more accurate.

Brad Knipper, New Port Richey


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...
Updated: 12 hours ago

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

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
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

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18