Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Stop gouging motorists on gas prices

Gas prices here higher than N.J.

Why are gas prices in Florida at least 16 cents above the national average, and in the case of Hernando County, about 20 cents over the national average?

Prices in New Jersey are $3.09 per gallon. Our prices a couple of weeks ago were $3.05. Why are they gouging us?

Robert J. Kowal, Brooksville

$35 for library card isn't right

The public library helps many who ride our local bus system get THE Bus passes they need free of charge. The library also provides all the information people need to use the bus system.

The library helps low-income people, who do not have computers, to have access to the Internet and they also have information for getting people signed up to become part of the political process. Yet, there are some in this county who want us to pay $35 for a library card. That's not right.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

In pursuit of existentialism Dec. 1 guest column

Guest columnist really hit the spot

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

If it walks, quacks like a duck …

Two recent writers decried the use of labels such as "Communist" and "Socialist" in describing an individual's political leanings. I agree that such labels are overly simplistic. But, in our modern bumper-sticker approach to politics, labels can serve a purpose.

So, on the assumption that it isn't labeling but the specific labels used that concern the writers, I ask what labels would they prefer?

How would you describe a person who believes that our Constitution (as written) has to go; who believes in wealth redistribution; who believes that property should not be owned but rather its use determined by the state; who believes that the state (not the free market) should determine winners and losers in the corporate world; who believes in government bureaucracies as the prime controllers of much of our day to day lives?

Does such a political philosophy have an acceptable label to the writers?

Ray Kelly, Spring Hill

Greenhouse has new owner, policy

I received a gift certificate that I planned to use to get a plant for my entranceway as soon as my house was painted. I checked with the greenhouse in October and found out the business had been sold, but they said they would honor the gift certificate.

On Nov. 28, I went to get my plant and they would not honor my gift certificate even though it does not expire until May 2014. Customers should know the new owners are operating under the former name, a name that had been known and trusted for many years.

Ruth Henneman, Weeki Wachee


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18