Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: School district dooming media centers

Decision dooms media centers

According to school superintendent Kurt Browning media centers no longer need media specialists. Apparently, the media center in every school can be run by a media-tech assistant.

I'm a 13-year-old student at Seven Springs Middle School, and I say he is wrong. If the media center is to be run by one media-tech specialist, what will happen if a teacher has a technology problem in their class? Can the specialist leave a media center full of students? Can they just refuse to help a teacher? What choice has he left them? You might as well just shut the media center down.

Mr. Browning said to "do it for the children." I'm one of the students, and I can tell you that this decision is not for the children. Mr. Browning has doomed media centers across the district.

Gavin Shauan, New Port Richey

Commissioners fail residents

I am disappointed in the Pasco County commissioners and their refusal to even hold a hearing on the gun-show loophole, let alone moving ahead to pursue writing an ordinance to close that loophole. At issue is background checks for purchasing firearms, a reasonable regulation and precaution aimed at making the public safer from gun violence by those whose possession of such weapons poses a serious threat to the public safety.

As of 1998, the Florida Constitution provides that each county shall have the authority to require a criminal history records check and a waiting period in connection with the sale of any firearm. The excuse for not holding a hearing for public input was a current lawsuit involving Pinellas County, but this does not affect the constitutional provision or the ability of Pasco County to require background checks.

Perhaps our commissioners want to sit by and wait for federal legislation. Or maybe they either agree with, or are too timid to confront, the NRA's absurd and phony argument that such background checks are a step toward overthrowing the Second Amendment and taking away everyone's guns. In either case, their inaction is a disservice to the people of Pasco County and an abdication of their duty to take this reasonable and logical step to address gun violence.

Nola Branche, Hudson

Let Constitution, residents speak

The one thing that Pasco commissioners can claim is that they care about themselves. To cancel a public hearing on the closing of gun-show loopholes simply because another county is being sued proves that the commissioners do not care about the concerns of the people of Pasco.

An open hearing should have been held. The public should have been allowed to speak. The county attorney should have expressed her concerns to the public. The Florida Constitution should have been able to speak for itself. That would have been the right thing to do.

Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
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Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18