Friday, May 25, 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: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18