Tuesday, January 16, 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

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

President Donald TrumpAchievements go unrecognizedAre Americans even aware that our economy is healthier and growing much faster, that ISIS has been defeated and lost their territory, that China and other countries are buying more American goods and ...
Published: 01/16/18

Monday’s letters: Don’t be fooled by drilling turnaround

Deal blocks drilling off Fla. | Jan. 10Don’t be fooled by turnaroundWhile I am very grateful that Florida has been taken off the table regarding offshore oil drilling, it is clear this is a political move to champion Gov. Rick Scott as he conside...
Published: 01/14/18

Sunday’s letters: Left wing late to the #MeToo cause

#MeTooDemocrats come late to the causeThe Times devoted an entire page to the #MeToo issues on Sunday. The ironies here for longtime observers are nearly boundless. Twenty years ago, folks like myself were called "prudes" and worse because we found P...
Published: 01/13/18

Saturday’s letters: A wall of towers isn’t progress

Skyline takes shape | Jan. 7A wall of towers isn’t progressFirst of all, once the 17 projects currently under way are completed, there will be no "skyline." There will be a wall of buildings blotting out the sun and sky. St. Petersburg has become...
Published: 01/12/18

Friday’s letters:

Gang raped at 17. Getting help at 65 | Jan. 7Help available for assault victimsEach sexual assault survivor has a unique story to tell, and Evelyn Robinson’s experience illustrates many of the emotions, and society stigmas, faced by survivors.Sex...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/11/18

Thursday’s letters: Opioid bill could do more harm than good

Opioid bill opponents line up | Jan. 6Bill’s potential to harm patientsLegislators are proposing putting more restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe pain medications. Yes, the addiction problem is a serious one, and the law seems well-i...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/10/18

Wednesday’s letters: Beware candidates backed by billionaires

DeSantis declares governor run | Jan. 6Beware the billionaire backingThis line says it all: "The congressman already has the support of the president and several billionaires." If you continue to vote for billionaire-backed candidates, you will g...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Tuesday’s letters: Drilling not worth the risk to Florida

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Drilling not worth risk to FloridaAs a Republican and a supporter of President Donald Trump supporter, I am appalled by the proposal to drill for oil off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, whose beaches and economi...
Published: 01/08/18

Sunday’s letters: Social media’s risk to children

Vlogger apologizes for sharing suicide video | Jan. 3Social media’s risk to childrenThe recent story about vlogger Logan Paul apologizing for his video on YouTube of a body hanging in a suicide forest in Japan has me deeply concerned. As a fifth-...
Published: 01/06/18

Monday’s letters: On energy, nation should look forward, not backward

Trump’s plan: to drill | Jan. 5Don’t go backward on U.S. energyThinking the threat of oil drilling off our beautiful coasts was off the table, again it raises its ugly head.Interestingly, from 2005-15 the U.S. reliance on petroleum imports fell f...
Published: 01/05/18