Sunday, February 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Sinkholes ruin tax base, people's dreams

When a dream sinks

Boohoo, Hernando County is losing out on tax revenues from sinkhole homes.

What about the people who bought their life's dream just to find out their homes were on unstable ground? These people should be suing counties for allowing building without underpinning to prevent sinkhole damage. What a novel idea — preventative measures.

How can people pay for repairs when the cost is so high and insurance coverage is minimal (and expensive), at best? Florida leaves much to be desired.

B.J. Johnson, Spring Hill

Beneficiaries should make repairs

Homeowners who collect money from an insurance company for a sinkhole but do not repair it should be charged with fraud. The rest of the policy holders in Florida pay the price with higher premiums.

Recently I became aware of a homeowner receiving a payment from Citizens Insurance for a sinkhole. No repair was done, but now they have new air conditioning, kitchen roof and pavers around the home and driveway. So, if they sell the home, and there is a sinkhole problem that owner will get a payout for the sinkhole. Or, was it fraud to begin with and there was no sinkhole?

If counties want an accurate tax base, then inspect to be sure the repair work is done. Those administering Citizens need to stop this practice. Or, is it easier to bow to the sinkhole lawyers than to do what is right for all Florida insurance customers?

Christina Ennist, New Port Richey

Find better way to deal with cats

I commend Lisa Centonze on being a caring and compassionate vet. However, she needs to address the problem of feral cats and how to deal with them with her head and not her heart.

If the Hernando County Animal Services were to stop loaning traps to the public to catch nuisance feral cats, how would we deal with that stray cat using our child's sand box as a toilet? Not to mention the nightly forays into our yard to spray our favorite chair, engage in yowling cat fights in the dead of night, and have that litter of kittens in our tool shed. There is also the threat of spreading illness and disease to our own pets and children through bites or scratches.

Trapping and euthanasia inhumane? How humane is animal cruelty, being run over, shot, attacked by dogs, poisoned, or becoming ill with rabies or disease? How humane is turning loose a neutered or spayed cat in a neighborhood of unaltered cats?

Loan those traps to the public, but charge a refundable deposit to insure getting the trap back, or better yet have the county pick up the trapped animal and it will have the trap.

Dr. Centonze should keep on caring, but find a more logical way to deal with the ever growing population of feral cats.

Margaret Hall, Brooksville

Lending traps just a Band-Aid fix

Hernando County has been lending out traps for 23 years. So why stop now? Because it is not working.

I can personally show you many cat colonies in the old section of Brooksville. These are feed-and-breed situations encouraged by well-meaning, though ignorant, homeowners. People like myself do the best we can trapping, vetting, adopting out, but are barely making a dent.

We need some intelligent support from the community, and euthanizing the occasional cat trapped by an irritated resident is not helping the situation at all.

Peggy Bates, Brooksville

Orchestra brings music to many

I commend the Hernando Youth Orchestra for six years of introducing music to children who might not otherwise have that opportunity. Part of the orchestra's program is to help provide instruments for those who can't afford them.

The orchestra recently held its annual concert to a full house at Saxon House. John St. John is the founder and conductor. He is ably assisted by Rosemary Geon.

Jerry Cowling, Brooksville


Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
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