Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Make schools part of development plans

Don't forget about impact on schools

I read the article regarding the proposed Mitchell 54 West mixed-use development. I am curious as to why the subject of schools was not addressed; it seems that a discussion of where to educate the children likely to come from 800 housing units should be a priority.

Many Pasco schools are overcrowded. Some classrooms are overflowing with students and portable classrooms are common. The five schools closest to this proposed development are no exception. It only takes a three-mile drive east on SR 54 to see multiple housing developments in progress. While elementary schools are sometimes proposed as part of new subdivisions, there is rarely talk of middle and high schools. Additional elementary schools will eventually feed into the one local middle and high school in the Little Road/State Road 54 area. Redistricting these schools' attendance zones is a temporary fix at best, and at worst it just transfers the overcrowding so that all area schools are affected.

Even with portable classrooms, the infrastructure of these schools is not built to accommodate hundreds of extra kids. The cafeteria, the media center, the clinic, the computer labs, and the locker rooms and hallways are jammed with students. It is irresponsible to pursue monetary gain through development without a commitment to ensuring the continued quality of education in the surrounding neighborhoods.

While it doesn't surprise me that a corporation would not make education its top priority, it is my sincere hope that Pasco government officials will look out for the needs of our students. The school district builds schools as fast as it can afford them, but the onus is on developers to think of their neighborhood impact and on the county leadership to ensure that they do.

Beth Seletos, New Port Richey

What name will Wells be using?

I was wondering what Commissioner-elect Mike Wells' legal name was before the election. All the signs only had that name, no middle initial or Jr. at the end.

After the election, there was a picture of his father, the county property appraiser. His legal name is Mike Wells Sr. If that's his legal name isn't his son's legal name Mike Wells Jr.? It seems to me that may have confused some voters who vote on name recognition. That's Pasco County politics at its most devious.

It will be interesting to see what name is in front of Junior when he takes his District 4 seat on the commission. See what his name is in the paper. I'm bewildered. Let's get this straight.

Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

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Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

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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:

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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

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18