Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Problem recognized; no fix offered

First realize we have a problem | March 27, letter

Nugent is offering no solutions

U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent is mistaken. The problem has been recognized. Medicare (1970s) and Social Security (1940s) have been recognized as safety nets for the less fortunate since their inception. The increase in dependency is a direct result of policies, or lack there of, in Washington.

In the 1980s under the Reagan administration, Congress temporarily fixed the problem for Social Security and passed the ball to future members of Congress. In the 2000s, Mr. Bush added to the problem with Medicare Part D. So the mess that is currently being discussed is a bipartisan mess.

Mr. Nugent fails to suggest a solution or the methods to correct Medicare. He supports the House proposal, which is the Ryan budget proposal, without detailing its negative components that will affect a majority of Hernando County residents. A single component of the Ryan budget is a government premium supported health care system for future retirees.

Current retirees would not be affected. But, for those still employed, at their retirement, they would receive a fixed premium credit to pay for their health care.

The problem with this is that the current estimated proposal mentions a $6,000 a year credit, which is not enough. Individuals would have to go out into the open market and purchase health insurance, which for an individual could run anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 based on deductible and co-payments.

The problem is Mr. Nugent has made no suggestions on how to fix the Medicare system, he just wants to dismantle it along with Rep. Ryan and the new tea party controlling the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are a few thought-provoking words Mr. Nugent should look up: "Income means testing'' and "increased caps on payroll deductions.''

Finally, ask Mr. Nugent what he has done for you for more than two years in Washington besides obstructing government from legislating. And ask him how much does it cost him for his health care?

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill

State shouldn't deny marriage | March 31, guest column

Take government out of marriage

The guest column said the state shouldn't deny marriage. (Actually, it doesn't. Tradition aside, even Webster's defines marriage as between persons of the opposite sex,)

That aside, the solution to the divisive gay marriage issue is simple: the government should get out of the marriage business altogether.

What we call marriage would be a two-step process: First, a civil union. The important thing is that this would be what counts — essentially, filling out the paperwork. All the rights and privileges of marriage follow. Secondly, some would marry in a church or elsewhere; but that would be purely symbolic. The state would have nothing to do with it; in particular, who could be married would be entirely up to the church.

I would think that those that believe in traditional marriage would do the second. But government couldn't require a church to marry a gay couple any more than they can require the Catholic Church to marry people who have been divorced. In fact, if gay marriage is forced upon us, those churches that don't support same-sex marriage should stop doing the marriage (civil union) for the state and stop doing the paperwork as they do now.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

State shouldn't deny marriage | March 31, guest column

Put God back in our country

The guest columnist mentions the Book of Common Payers of 1571. What about the Bible, which states marriage is between a man and a woman?

Let's put God back in our country.

R.W. Schaller, New Port Richey

Elected officials have own agendas

When will the people we send to represent us in our county, state and federal government represent us? They just do as they well please.

Look at our County Commission on the drone issue. Chairman David Russell handled that meeting to suit himself and his own personal opinion. He didn't allow for speakers on both sides of the issues. He should have tabled the issue for another meeting with the board and asked about the advantages and disadvantages of this program for the people of Hernando. Then post what they came up with for the residents. Then and only then they would be prepared to make an informed decision with input from the residents.

These elected officials are doing the same as our other officials in the state and federal government. They are acting as if they know what's best for us without reaching out to us.

We need to remove these self-centered phonies and elect people who represent us and not themselves.

Vic Gonzalez, Spring Hill

Editor's note: On Tuesday, April 8, the Hernando Commission is scheduled to have a hearing on the issue of applying to have the county-owned airport used as a testing site for drone aircraft.

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Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

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Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

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Published: 04/21/18

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

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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

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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

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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