Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Make curbside recycling easier, more frequent


Recycling gains don't offset inferior service Dec. 29 editorial

More recycling info needed

I'm a snowbird from Wisconsin enjoying my 23rd winter in Florida. I was ecstatic when I arrived here in November to find our recycling program had been expanded to include a greater number of plastics. As a single person, I used to generate one 13-gallon blue bag every month. That's without beer and soda cans, which I crush and donate. This year I fill a 13-gallon blue bag every two weeks.

But, it's practically impossible to find meaningful information about recycling in Pasco. This year our schedule in Holiday was changed to the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, which meant Christmas Day. I knew right away that would be problematic.

My garbage and recycling is billed through Forest Hills Utilities Inc. Their website's home page shows the new pickup days; however, if you go to the pickup info page, it still has all the old pickup information. No information about a holiday schedule.

My bill from Forest Hills does not indicate who our waste hauler is, nor does the website. I haven't seen an actual truck this year, but in the past I've seen trucks from Waste Management, so I went to its website. It gives a general holiday schedule that their pickups are delayed one day after the holiday. So I put my recycling on the curb Thursday morning, which happens to be our garbage day, also. I put the garbage on one side of the driveway and the blue bag on the other to avoid confusion. Well, they did pick up the garbage but not the recycling. I put the recycling back out on Friday — still no pickup. I guess I'll have to wait another two weeks.

I've emailed the recycling coordinator for Pasco County several times to get the recycling pickup information on their website. I was told because there were eight different haulers that they couldn't keep track of it; I should call my hauler. Very frustrating.

I am passionate about recycling. My daughter refers to me as the recycling Nazi. I do try to educate people about recycling, i.e., watch the numbers on the plastic, remove all caps and don't recycle pizza boxes and oil containers.

While I am in complete agreement with the editorial's financial analysis of the recycling situation in Pasco and would certainly enjoy a lower cost, I'd be happy if the present system just worked a little better and, more importantly, that recycling information was more readily available.

Thomas H. Hansen, Holiday

Recycling gains don't offset inferior service Dec. 29 editorial

Stand up for better recycling

Excellent Times editorial regarding Pasco's inferior curbside recycling. Commissioner Henry Wilson, please keep up the pressure regarding franchising the county's trash collection system.

The subdivision I live in for the past two years has had recycle pickup once a week. In December, we were cut back to twice a month with no decrease in fees. If the county is truly serious about recycling, then competitive rates and once-a-week pickup is a must.

It is inexcusable for Pasco to be paying more in fees for less service than our surrounding counties.

R. Tribbey, Hudson


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17