Friday, January 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: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18