Deputies should not be partisan
I had a frightening experience with a Pasco sheriff's deputy. At 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, I was in my automobile heading east and waiting at a traffic light on Cypress Lakes Boulevard and Little Road when a Pasco sheriff's green and white cruiser pulled up behind me. My automobile has three partisan bumper stickers on the back, not offensive or obscene, just stickers. The stickers are for Obama/Biden, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and "Not a Republican''
The driver of the sheriff's cruiser reached forward into his windshield and gave me the thumbs down sign twice. I was shocked. I volunteered for the U.S. Navy as a younger man and I, along with millions of others, pledged an oath to defend this country and our hard-won freedoms against tyranny and all enemies whomsoever.
I immediately went to the Sheriff's West Pasco Operations office on Little Road and reported the incident to a Mr. Whitehead at the front desk. I told him that is how history reports the Nazi party in Germany started with brown-shirted legions enlisted to intimidate the Jews and that I would never see a Pasco County Sheriff's green and white patrol car again without feeling intimidated.
It seems that as long as Chris Nocco is sheriff and I live in Pasco County, I will be on the wrong side of his politicized sheriff's operation.
Joe King, New Port Richey
PHCC police academy
Sheriff just wants instructors gone
It was once said that if you're in law enforcement for any length of time, you will be under investigation for something at some point or else you're not doing your job. It is the norm that if you are under investigation your given the opportunity to resign or be fired. Which would you take, the chance of not being able to work in your chosen field again or find a new job?
There is nothing wrong with the training these future law enforcement/correction officers are receiving at the academy at Pasco Hernando Community College. The training program is the same as the previous classes. They are considered students, not customers. How could Sheriff Chris Nocco think that these students, who pay their own way, are different from other students taking classes at PHCC?
Nowhere is it mentioned that James Nagy or the other instructor had been deficient in their duties as teachers. Sheriff Nocco doesn't want these two training, so either PHCC gets rid of them or the sheriff will take his business elsewhere.
Wesley Hawkins, Spring Hill