Thursday, January 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Vote candidate, not blind ideology

Put ideology aside when voting

Already the partisan politics have started over Blaise Ingoglia's announcement that he will seek a seat in the state House of Representatives. This country has become paralyzed in Washington and Tallahassee resulting in an inability to solve problems and eroding our leadership roles in the country and the world.

I suggest that before you commit to one candidate for any office, a citizen should take time to put aside the ideology of any political party and look at the facts, the truths, the candidate's stated positions, and the candidate's history. That is what this country was founded on, not the blind adherence to an ideology.

A letter writer asked why can't we find an honest, intelligent, independent thinker from any political party in Hernando County? The answer is simple. It now requires a huge sum of money to run for any office. In the 2010, House Speaker Will Weatherford raised $930,604 in campaign contributions in an unopposed election. How does an honest, intelligent, independent thinker compete with such sums?

Ron Springer, Spring Hill

Democrats need to be progressive

The local Democratic Party needs to find Democrats with progressive ideas to run for the state House of Representatives and for county commission.

As a young Democrat, I want more progressive candidates and more progressive people to join the party. It's not right to have the same blue dog Democrats go for office over and over again. We need to change that.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

Re: Feral cats

Fix, release cats to solve problem

We believe you should fix the cats and let them go. At least they have a chance to live.

We have two. They are always clean and they cause no problems.

We have lived here in Spring Hill since 1989. Thank God, finally, we are trying to fix the animal problems. It's about time.

Bradford and Marie Lord, Spring Hill


Thursday’s letters: All Americans need health care

Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test | Jan. 17All Americans need health carePresident Donald Trump’s extensive health exam has apparently declared him physically fit for office. As I was reading about the battery of tests he received...
Published: 01/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: St. Petersburg’s culture, vibrancy impresses

St. PetersburgImpressive culture and vibrancyI recently visited Tampa Bay and celebrated New Year’s weekend in downtown St. Petersburg. I was awestruck by what I encountered and experienced. It has been several years since I last visited, and the tra...
Published: 01/16/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
Published: 01/16/18
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