Saturday, December 16, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Upholding Constitution should be top task

Lack of respect for the law, people

A few years ago, some 35 members of We the People heard Pasco County Commission members brag about how wonderful they were by passing the first-in-the-nation mobility fee. When We the People decried their use of U.N. Agenda 21 for local enforcement, the whole commission said they had never, until that day, had heard of Agenda 21.

On Aug. 6, many members of We the People gathered in the West Pasco Government Center and heard one Pasco planning commission member say that she had no idea what the people spoke of when they invoked the U.S. Constitution or referenced "illegal alien" children coming into the county.

From whence does such ignorance on the part of our elected and appointed board members come? Are they truly not aware of what's happening in their midst?

When other planning commission members implied that their job of approving or declining a continuance for a project had no connection to their oath or to the Constitution, their lack of respect for the law and citizens, and the disdain for their fiduciary duty to uphold the law, was well understood.

Hamilton Hanson, Weeki Wachee

Put kids on bus from the get-go

Kudos to the Pasco School Board and staff for their efforts to ensure the safety of our students. Transporting kids on school buses is not as easy as it may seem. However, with this new coordinated effort, it will hopefully run more smoothly the first couple of weeks of school.

Now it is time for the parents to do their part. Parents, please do your school and your children a favor. If they normally ride the bus to school, put them on the bus the very first morning. It will create much less traffic at school and allow the professionals in charge to transport them to and from school both safely and in a timely manner.

Good luck to all in starting the new school year.

Chip Wichmanowski, Port Richey

Small-property owners lose out

How would you feel if your own Board of County Commissioners chose the side of a major property owner (12,400 acres) over a small number of lesser property owners?

Last month, the Pasco commission chose to slam small-property owners with a $486,000 paving assessment of Bowman Road east of U.S. 41 in north-central Pasco.

Pinellas County has over a mile of road frontage on this road but will wind up paying little to nothing.

This larger owner will also be the biggest benefactor of the road being paved, leaving small-property owners the burden of paying for Pinellas' commercial enterprises: logging, hay sales, cattle, pine straw, etc.

Pasco commissioners protected the self-serving interest of Pinellas County's Cross Bar/Al Bar ranches.

They should take it off the backs of Pasco County voters and constituents.

Ronald L. Nickerson, Brooksville


Monday’s letters: Tax plan bad for the country

Trump, GOP make good on tax cuts Dec. 14Tax plan is bad for the countryUnless senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and our own Marco Rubio develop some backbone, the Republican tax bill could well pass.The bill would inflict harm on the people wh...
Published: 12/15/17
Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

Justice official parries attacks | Dec. 14Rule of law at stake in inquiryConservative media outlets and a number of Republicans in both chambers of Congress have launched an all-out assault on special counsel Robert Mueller and his team in an eff...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17