Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Move Florida Blueberry Festival to Brooksville park

Get Blueberry Festival off Brooksville's streets

Once again the Florida Blueberry Festival is coming to the Hernando County Commission, hat in hand, asking for assistance in blocking off public streets and taxpaying businesses so that it can charge the taxpaying citizens of Hernando County admission to public streets, parks and buildings.

According to county staff, $14,000 of this expense will come from the general fund reserves for contingency and $5,000 from Tourist Development. This does not include the additional assistance of the city of Brooksville, who also provides office and meeting space.

Besides the fact that the city and county have been partners in fleecing the taxpayers of their money, they have violated the rights to public property, freedom of travel and even some businesses from being able to conduct business. And why? There are perfectly good facilities at Tom Varn Park or the fair ground. The park offers more shade, easier walking, etc.

Let the Florida Blueberry Festival use Tom Varn Park and get off our streets. Or make the downtown venue free and open to all.

Dennis Purdy, Brooksville

County should help with animal hoarding problem

For over three years some residents of the High Point community near Weeki Wachee have had to endure an infestation of cats and the unrelenting, unbearable odor emitted from a residence that harbors up to 60 or more cats at a time. Over the same three years, more than 20 cats were trapped and many others taken to shelters by the homeowners association and neighbors. Two pets are allowed per household in High Point and the offending homeowner was allowed to keep two cats with the understanding that no more cats could be collected.

Now, the number has again grown to 25 to 40 cats in the house and many more living under the house, being lured to the property by outside food. The odor is so extreme on warm days some neighbors have evacuated their homes.

We have no legal right to enter the offender's property to remove these cats and the homeowner has refused to cooperate at every level. Why must our residents be put through this aggravation?

Homeowner associations have very little enforcement power and most of that consists of writing letters noting the infractions and requesting the resolution of the offence.

Another tool is the imposition of daily fines. If fines are ignored only liens and legal action remains and as we all know that is a costly and time-consuming process.

It is time local government agencies get involved and bring this situation to a rational and reasonable conclusion because the offender has promised many times (in writing) to remedy the issue only to continue luring and hoarding more cats. Our county government needs to step up and take swift action against pet hoarders for the health and safety of High Point and Hernando County residents.

Jim Woolcock, Brooksville


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

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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

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

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My 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. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18