Monday, February 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Retired educators must pay attention to Tallahassee

Group's mission is a vital one

Approximately one year ago, Hernando Educators Employees Retired was founded in affiliation with the Hernando Classroom Teachers' Association and the Florida Education Association — Retired to provide assistance and ongoing information for the retired school employees of our county. As the inaugural president of the organization, I have learned a great deal about the formation of this group.

As the debate continues in Washington regarding Social Security and raising the age to receive Medicare, proposed state legislation changing the Florida retirement system is a grave concern for all who are members of this retirement system. What happens in Tallahassee during the legislative session should be a concern for all members of the educational family. The mere fact that the House of Representatives rejected the expansion of Medicaid should prove worrisome for retirees.

It is our intent to assist active members preparing for retirement, to build camaraderie among retired education employees, and to form and support programs which will advance the best interest of retired members. Any employee of the Hernando County School District, from former superintendents and school board members, to secretaries, bus drivers and custodians, are welcome to become a member.

Walter T. Cermak, Spring Hill

PHCC police academy

Nothing wrong with training

It was once said that if you're in law enforcement for any length of time, you will be under investigation for something at some point or else you're not doing your job. It is the norm that if you are under investigation you're given the opportunity to resign or be fired. Which would you take: the chance of not being able to work in your chosen field again or find a new job?

There is nothing wrong with the training these future law enforcement/corrections officers are receiving at the academy at Pasco Hernando Community College. The training program is the same as the previous classes. They are considered students, not customers. How could Sheriff Chris Nocco think that these students, who pay their own way, are different from other students taking classes at PHCC?

Nowhere is it mentioned that James Nagy or the other instructor had been deficient in their duties as teachers. Sheriff Nocco doesn't want these two training, so either PHCC gets rid of them or the sheriff will take his business elsewhere.

Wesley Hawkins, Spring Hill

'Les Miserables' is excellent

I would like to say thank you to Stage West for the best evening of musical theater at the bargain price of $20. The performance of Les Miserables was amazing. I have seen the show in London, New York, Tampa and have to say this performance was as wonderful as the ones I paid hundreds of dollars to see.

I hope the people of Spring Hill run to see this wonderful cast for a community theater. The staging and singing is amazing. It was a shame so few people went to the performance I attended Nov. 9.

Lesley Davey, Spring Hill

Someone took veteran's cane

My husband is a disabled veteran. He was on his scooter at Goodwill and he had his cane that his Army buddy had sent to him.

Some lowdown person stole the cane right off the back of his scooter. We didn't see who took it, but God did. And the person will pay for it many times.

Mary Asbel, Brooksville


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

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18