Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18