Thursday, February 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Road improvements should include consistent speed limit

Speed limit system makes no sense

I read with interest the recent article on $2.2 million in improvements to Moon Lake Road to make it safer. At no place could I locate anything about reducing the speed limit.

As a 26-year resident of Pasco County, I have long wondered how speed limits are established. For Moon Lake Road, a two-lane curvy road, with many businesses and side roads, the speed limit is 55 mph. Moon Lake Road dead ends at SR 52, a six-lane road with few businesses or side roads, which has a 50 mph speed limit. Another example would be Trouble Creek Road which is four lanes with a 35 mph speed limit which runs parallel to two-lane Plathe Road where the speed limit is 45 mph.

There doesn't appear to be any pattern or consistency in establishing speed limits.

Richard McAtee, New Port Richey

Keep greed out of Thanksgiving

Where was I when America decided that greed would replace giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day? What we hear is that the so-called Black Friday is not enough of a day for the greedy merchants and the greedy public. Therefore, we have had to use Thanksgiving Day as a shopping/sales day.

It does not matter that some stores decided to open later in the day; people who are that greedy had to line up hours ahead of time to grab, grab, grab. It is disgusting. The merchants should be ashamed and the public who support this travesty should be ashamed.

Every day my wife and I thank God for our blessings. On Thanksgiving Day, we take time to thank God and thank our families, friends, our troops and our nation for all of our blessings and happiness. We do not shop. We do not stand in line to grab. We do not become involved in parking-space disputes. Thanksgiving Day is a day for reflection and appreciation and that does not mean a 30 percent discount at a big box store.

Wake up America and thank God for our blessings or they just might disappear some day.

Lewis D. Corvene, Hudson

In pursuit of existentialism Dec. 1 guest column

Column revived happy memories

Jerry Cowling's guest column reminded me of the fun I had when reading Jan Glidewell's articles. Their combination of truth and humor would make you think and laugh.

The way Mr. Cowling wove his uncertainty of the definition of existentialism into the story was delightful. I look forward to more stories.

Reese Hodges, Weeki Wachee

Veterans urging students to vote

As the supervisor of elections for Pasco County, I express my sincere appreciation to the veterans who helped us with our "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" educational program as part of the recent Great American Teach-In at various high schools. Heartfelt thanks to Nick Klein, Lonnie Dixon, Nick Lanier, Frank Falgout, William Parsons, Gene Galbraith, Dayton Williams and John Mitchell.

This voter education program was launched in 2007 and affords our veterans the opportunity to speak directly to students. The experience is personalized by each student receiving biographical information about the veteran. Students are asked in essence to "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" when they turn 18. To signify their commitment, students received commemorative dog tags to wear as a daily reminder of their veteran's personal sacrifice toward the preservation of freedom in our country. The dog tag reads, "In Tribute to my Vet's sacrifice, I will keep my promise and vote!" Because of their efforts, we were able to pre-register and register many new voters!

Too often we hear about the lack of respect among our youth. However, the response from the students during and after these presentations has been and continue to be overwhelmingly respectful and appreciative of our veterans.

Brian Corley, Dade City

Commission must shift its priorities

Reading about the efforts to promote tourism in Pasco County and all the money that will be spent trying to do it, I have to ask if any member of the Pasco Commission has taken the time to ride around old west Pasco and see the deplorable conditions on once pristine Embassy Hills and Regency Park. I have lived here 28 years and have watched this area, once the pillar of tax revenue, be completely ignored by these and earlier politicians.

The areas is the most densely populated in the county. Yet, Graphic Lane, a road that connects to U.S. 19, is a pot-holed dirt road used as a dump by people discarding furniture and other items. One would think a road connecting to a major highway from a major populated area would be paved. Trash on the highways, not only U.S. 19, but through out the county, is disgusting. Sterling Road off Ride Road has more trash than grass.

The commission can spend time and money on new developments but can't find money to hire at least two more code enforcement officers, which are sorely needed. Junk cars and discarded furniture dot the Embassy Hills and Regency Park area. Lawns look like sand pits. Houses have blue tarps covering roofs and gutters falling down. I could go on and on.

The commission wants to attract tourists, but why would they want to come and stay here after they have driven down U.S. 19, the most dangerous and ugliest road in Pasco. Ask the businesses along this road to clean up their store fronts, take care of the landscaping. These are easy things that should be common sense. A few flowering bushes also would help.

I urge my fellow citizens to call the commissioners and demand they pay attention to old west Pasco.

Ernie Stetz, Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters:

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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

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