Friday, February 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Rejecting expanded mine benefits Nature Coast

Cemex proposal will hurt nature

On July 14, nature will be taking another back seat in what is called the Nature Coast if the Hernando Planning and Zoning Commission okays the rezoning of more than 700 acres in the heart of Hernando County on Cortez Boulevard, across from Bayfront Health Brooksville hospital. The land extends from Fort Dade Avenue to almost Cobb Road.

Just say "no" to this Cemex application for land use and zoning by signing the petition, e-mailing or writing Hernando County Planning and Zoning and appearing at the meeting July 14 and at the County Commission meeting Aug. 12. Visit the web site View the video and other information there.

Residents could have wells collapse and there will be pollution into Peck Sink and the Florida Aquifer. There would be air pollution and land disturbances from vibrations that could affect nearby businesses. The animals will disperse with the blasting, possibly running into traffic on major roads.

Several years ago I suggested this acreage would make a wonderful park for a bit of respite for workers, residents and tourists to stop to enjoy their lunch and walk trails in various natural surroundings. That use would be more in line balancing green space and growth which is what I believe the comprehensive plan for Hernando County is all about.

The land owners could erect educational signs explaining the history of Hernando County from its beginnings, the Civil War days through cattle ranching, mining, agriculture, the airport, natural areas, water activities and tourism highlighting the various people who have made Hernando County what it is today. This would be far better than leaving their heirs a giant hole in the ground from mining.

Mary Ellen Urban, Brooksville

Voter apathy blocking change

Politics begins at the local level. One of the things I have seen is a feeling of apathy, and a lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern within minority communities, such as handicapped bus riders.

Every time I try to motivate them, the response I get is, "I am not signed up to vote,'' or "Go find someone else to help you.''

The only way to bring about change in this county is to get out and vote.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee


Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18