Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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


Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

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....
Published: 03/16/18

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