Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Schools' priority shouldn't be pay raises

Schools should invest in children

Many of us sit idle as we listen to our Pasco School Board members report to us year after year that we are facing a deficit. Now, they want the taxpayers to fund $3.5 million for noninstructional personnel raises not covered by Tallahassee. This raise is a permanent budget increase when our district does not have the money.

I feel Tallahassee was in the wrong in not giving all employees a raise. But taxpayers' backs should not be used to balance the raise.

The school superintendent thought changing class times would be a great idea to save money, but in the end, it directly impacted the citizens. It should never have reached the point of parents crying foul for the district to return Deer Park Elementary to its normal schedule. We're also so broke we are not going to follow the class size amendment and risk fines. But we want to find $3.5 million for raises.

I ask for $60,000 for Wiregrass Ranch and Wesley Chapel high schools so that lacrosse can be recognized as an FHSAA sport for both boys and girls. I am met with rejection every step of the way.

School Board members have stated sports are an important part of a child's success in education and development. Sports also are a deterrent from illicit activities and help with time-management and increased grade performance. Parents, you see where we are headed. Our children are not the priority.

If we got to choose how that money is spent, I would hire more teachers so that we were class-size compliant. I would lobby for lacrosse to be a FHSAA-recognized sport. Would you not invest that money in your children? I would. Let's work on making the schools about the children.

Anthony Perugini, Wesley Chapel

Crime story was a bit too detailed

A recent article explained how a person or persons broke into a fenced enclosure at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville and made off with a utility vehicle.

The article stated the crook or crooks simply removed the electric meter from an adjacent building to disable the alarm. What are you going to do next? Print a list of proper burglar tools and where to purchase them?

Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey


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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Published: 05/21/18

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

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18