Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: On-duty deputies should be non-partisan

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


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18