Wednesday, May 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


Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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
Updated: 05/21/18

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