Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Refund red-light ticket, please

Driver wants red-light fine refund

A while back I was unfortunate enough to be awarded a red-light camera ticket in New Port Richey traveling from Main Street and turning onto U.S. 19.

It was impossible to stop in time without locking my brakes because the yellow light lasted less than three seconds. Since then, I skid to a stop at the first sign of a yellow light because who knows how long it is timed. This has resulted in numerous, near rear-end hits, but it's the law.

Since that time the powers that be must have realized the yellow light needed to be extended and lengthened it. Had it been like it is now, I would not have received a violation for running the red light.

So, now I wonder, will I automatically get a refund since they corrected the light or do I need to call someone? If so, whom? Since they fixed the error in the timing I should receive a refund.

David Vitori, New Port Richey

Music teacher deserves support

It is high time for the Pasco School Board to step up publicly and support music teacher Cynthia Ruth Haring. Ms. Haring is owed a huge apology and should be publicly exonerated to stop the defamation that has occurred.

If Ms. Haring's physical health is in jeopardy because of this incident it will be a burden the School Board members will carry the rest of their lives. Why is there such a complete lack of leadership within the administration? Does the school district want to alienate every single teacher in the district?

It's quite clear that principal Kara Merlin cannot differentiate important priorities from what is a mole hill on an incident. Teachers today have almost no rights at all, as children can destroy the classroom, disrupt the learning of others, attack the teacher and the only recourse the teacher has is to put their hands up to protect their physical safety. Teachers aren't allowed to touch a child and it's high time this pattern is reversed unless the liberals want all teachers to quit.

Why does the disruptive child have more rights than all the other obedient students that are there to learn? Why is the teacher not shown respect, consideration, or appreciation?

The principal is supposed to safeguard not only the student, but every teacher on campus. Ms. Merlin's job is not to undermine the teacher.

Jim Fike, Spring Hill

A shameful decade of decline

Over the last 10 years, the Regency Park and Jasmine Lakes subdivisions have been destroyed.

They are a big eyesore for our winter visiting friends and a nice visual memory for them to take home with them.

Pasco County Code Enforcement should be ashamed of these conditions.

Robert Barnett, Port Richey


Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18