Sunday, July 15, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor: Still a supporter of Quail Hollow

Manager out after clubhouse gunfire | May 19 story

Still a supporter of Quail Hollow

Misquotes happen all the time, but how we react and address them is what is of importance here. I was quoted as agreeing with questions that were posed to me and was then said to have used those words as my own. I did not.

On Sunday, May 14, there was an event occurring at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club that turned violent. I was asked about this event and the previous events and their effect on me. Events had occurred throughout our history here living at Quail Hollow. We attended several of the dinner and music events, as well as participated in their golf course tournaments and after parties. The recent "pool parties" occurred from mid-afternoon to mid-evening (from approximately 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.) for the last couple months and until the 14th of May were more nuisance, with regard to the very loud bass music and increased traffic. Fortunately for us, we could go inside our home, and the sound of the music abated.

The questions were asked about the expectation of violence and, honestly, I never thought about violence occurring. My main concern was noise and traffic accidents. I also assumed the establishment would have provided adequate security, not for just the attendees' safety, but for their own protection of property and to control the parking and traffic. That night, we did lock up and put the alarm on when we heard the helicopter buzzing around. Again, we assumed the police were looking for someone.

We had been members at Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club for 20 years until memberships were no longer accepted. We still continue to support and play at the golf course.

Anna Spenceley, Wesley Chapel

Road to nowhere wastes time, cash

Regarding the Ridge Road Extension, Pasco County's expensive mistake since 1998 that still remains a bad idea in 2017, even after you've thrown $15 million away, and as you throw an additional $404,000 at turncoat Army Corps of Engineers personnel to make this road to nowhere finally happen ...

I appreciate that county commissioners have a difficult job doing what is best for the county, and especially for its people over moneyed interests in that ghost town called Connerton, which has promised to erect county governmental buildings at their expense in exchange for new roads to bring that place to life.

If I were a commissioner, and I had just read the long article in the Tampa Bay Times regarding hurricane evacuation along our coast, here are some of the questions I'd be seeking answers to before giving up on the Ridge Road Extension and instead devoting its tens of millions of dollars to drainage projects to correct all the natural wetlands and creeks already disturbed and destroyed, leading to widespread flooding in many communities:

How many highway lanes are truly necessary to evacuate west Pasco citizens who choose not to evacuate even when they are advised to do so? According to Hillsborough County emergency management director Preston Cook and other emergency officials, "Don't evacuate if you don't have to. That just adds more cars to already overburdened roads." Our own Pasco County assistant director of emergency management Laura Black: "Sometimes it could be better that people do shelter in place. If they're not in an evacuation zone, it might be safer for them to stay there and not clog up the roads."

Instead of cutting a roadway through one of the county's most pristine natural places, ask yourself: What more can we do to make State Roads 52 and 54 and Moon Lake Road evacuation routes? Doesn't it make more sense to use tens of millions of dollars to make homes and emergency housing more likely to withstand the winds and rain? Can the school buses and other buses we already have be used to evacuate people, with cars diverted into parking areas? And how long must we expend time and money pushing this project, which still has many hurdles to overcome, before we concede that to do so is a 20-year mental illness in need of treatment?

Daniel Callaghan, New Port Richey


Sunday’s letters: Stop burning of sugar cane near the Everglades

Florida’s land of black snow | Bill Maxwell column, July 1Don’t burn sugar cane, periodIn this column, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King got a lot of things right about how sugarcane burning negatively impacts the Glades communities w...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Saturday’s letters: The dangerous days before Roe vs. Wade

The reality of back-alley abortions | Column, July 11The dangerous days before RoeI am a 71-year-old retired nurse. I still remember when abortion was illegal and birth control was restricted to married women in the United States. In 1983, I set ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Thursday’s letters: The Rays’ Ybor City stadium will be magnificent

Rays’ big dream is small ballpark | July 11The new stadium will be gorgeousI had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the Tampa Bay Rays "next-generation, neighborhood ballpark." I was blown away. As an 18-year resident of Tampa Bay, and ma...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let’s prepare Florida’s next generation for the jobs that have been created yet

Make Florida’s workforce globally competitivePrepare for jobs not yet createdIf you aren’t amazed by the speed at which technology is changing our world, just think back 20 years. Would you have imagined cellphones with the capabilities of a laptop c...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/11/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for July 13

Re: School meals for all students | July 6 storyParents should pay for their ownThat article really got me to thinking ... why can’t parents feed and care for their own children? When did it become others’ responsibility to do this? No one fed our th...
Published: 07/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: It’s great that Tampa’s Democratic mayor works with a Republican governor

Dems wary of Scott, Buckhorn bromance | July 8It’s not partisan to look out for TampaThe focus of a mayor should be on success in his jurisdiction, no matter the partner, for the citizens who live in his area of responsibility. Mayor Bob Buckhorn...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/10/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for July 13

Scaring birds with fireworks is a problemThe justification of buying fireworks to scare birds is the biggest problem with fireworks. My wife and I retired to a small pond across from a nature preserve. On a recent holiday, we were enjoying watching b...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Monday’s letters: Let’s keep plastics out of the ocean now

Is a ban on plastic straws a step too far? | July 4 Plastic in oceanis not fantastic As a Tampa Bay native, I am thrilled to see a concerted effort to eliminate plastics pollution in the area, and encouraged to see small business and restaurant ow...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay

Ballpark site catches break | July 5Keep the Rays in Tampa BayLast month, the Tampa Bay Partnership led a delegation of nearly 20 Tampa Bay business leaders on a benchmarking trip to Houston, to explore the nationally recognized workforce develop...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/06/18

Saturday’s letters: Letter of the month concerns civility in public discourse

June letter of the month The winning letter addressed incivility in public discourseMud sticks to those who sling itI am an 83-year-old black, straight male. I lived with Jim Crow laws that deprived me of education, jobs, housing and service in publi...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/06/18