Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Raise bar for teacher pay, student behavior

A raise for teachers! Raise the bar. Raise awareness. Raise Cain. The word "raise" has many meanings. In this case however, it means to increase.

Teachers haven't had raises in years. The bar in which students come to class is virtually on the floor. Sure, there are still some students who haven't succumbed to their sad surroundings. But they are without a doubt the minority.

Elementary grades K-5 have an apathetic and disrespectful attitude that is not to be believed and there is no discrimination. It is in the classroom, art, music, P.E., and even in the cafeteria. It is a disgrace how children today eat and take no responsibility for their area. Over the past four years this has gotten worse.

This scenario is totally unacceptable and Cain should be raised. Awareness needs to be raised. The bar needs to be raised. Teachers desperately need a raise just for showing up, no less having to tolerate behaviors all the while attempting to teach. Teachers are the foundation for all of us to eventually have a career or profession. Ironically enough, they are the very people for whom we are not raising the bar.

Leigh Campbell, New Port Richey

County should pay fair price for land

On April 12, a federal judge referred to a Pasco County land-seizing ordinance as "out-and-out plan of extortion" and opined that "it cannot stand." Commissioner Ted Schrader, in its defense, referred to the $50 million to purchase right of way for the State Road 54 widening project as "unsustainable" and defended the county's seizing of land without just compensation.

What Schrader is saying in essence is if the county cannot afford to buy right of way, the alternative is to contrive some legal scheme to simply take it.

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states land taken for public use requires just compensation. Article X Section 6 of the state Constitution also forbids takings without "full compensation therefore paid to each owner."

Now it is much more clear why Commissioners Schrader, Pat Mulieri and Kathryn Starkey refused to vote "yes'' to a resolution affirming the Bill of Rights. They would rather violate the Fifth Amendment in that Bill of Rights than affirm their allegiance to it. For all their self righteous and indignant excuses for not passing that resolution; the real reason is now crystal clear. The commissioners have no respect or use for legal due process that is the birthright of every Pasco citizen.

Andrew Nappi, Hudson

The wrong kind of flea market ban

Pasco County commissioners made a decision not to allow pets (cats and dogs) to be sold at area flea markets. I would like to know why vendors at area flea markets are still allowed to sell guns and bong pipes at flea markets.

I think it is safe to assume that cats and dogs are not as harmful to the public as a gun, in the hands of a person who should not have one, or a bong pipe in the hands of a teenager or anyone else for that matter.

Ed Goldstein, Zephyrhills

Politics quashing gun ban debate

The Pasco County Commission is deserving of the same shame as the 45 U.S. senators who blocked background checks for the purchase of firearms. At least the Senate held a public hearing on the bill. The commission has refused even this basic step.

Commissioners have made the decision to put politics before public safety, no matter the evidence or desire of Pasco residents. The commissioners made the same political determination as the 45 senators: the financial and political support of the gun lobby and NRA is more powerful than the opinions of their citizens.

They have turned a common sense public safety issue into a political issue.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Woman who couldn't afford vet is convicted of animal cruelty | April 24, article

Punishment fits woman's crime

Tammy Brown is exactly where she should be. I am a dog owner and I would never let my animal or any other suffer the way she let her poor dog.

I understand that she lives off of Social Security and has a painful condition of degenerative bone disease; I am a nurse. However, if she cannot afford to have the extra money it requires to properly take care of an animal then she should not have one. Having animals is a responsibility and a privilege. They require the monthly medical expenses for fleas/ticks/heart worm and yearly shots. Medical expenses for other minor conditions can be expected as well and there also will be emergency medical expenses that will also come up within the animal's lifetime. If you do not have this extra money, be responsible enough to not own an animal.

Tammy Brown is not being punished for being poor, she is being punished for being an irresponsible, neglectful, and selfish person.

Amy Cobb, Largo


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 ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Focus on offender, not weapon

Use data to curb gun deaths | April 8, commentaryFocus on offenders, not weaponsThis article tiptoes around the issue: human violence. The authors point out that automobile manufactures were pressured by regulation and law to make automobile coll...
Published: 04/11/18