Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Voting changes are good public policy

The Legislature passed a very pro-voter election bill, which improves the process for the most important stakeholder, the voter. The bill (HB 7013) is headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

It limits the length of amendments put on the ballot by the Legislature, greatly expands early voting locations and provides flexibility in the duration of days and hours.

I'm most proud of the historic provision that for the first time will allow voters who forget to sign their absentee ballot certificate the opportunity to complete an affidavit and have the ballot tabulated. Under current law, the ballot is never tabulated and we had nearly 110 voters who this affected in the last election.

Also, we will now (at the voter's request) be able to email their sample ballot in lieu of sending via regular mail. Voters who move into Pasco and have not updated their address will no longer be required to complete a provisional ballot.

A hearty thanks to the Pasco County legislative delegation for its support of this good public policy.

Brian Corley, supervisor of elections, Dade City

Consolidated 911 good for city

Kudos to the New Port Richey City Council for its decision to join the county consolidated emergency communications project.

This consolidated call taking and dispatch center will prevent the loss of emergency calls to 911, improve response times of emergency agencies to calls for assistance and improve the safety of the responding emergency personnel. Additionally, signing on to this logical and efficient improvement to the provision of emergency services to the citizens and taxpayers will save the city money now and in the future.

It is hoped that this is the first step of a revitalized City Council to begin a serious discussion into the efficacy of maintaining its other municipal emergency services programs. As a longtime resident of New Port Richey, I have the highest regard for the men and women of the city's police and fire departments and praise their dedication and professionalism. However, the time has come and the opportunity is ripe for city leaders to begin an in-depth study of consolidating law enforcement and fire service operations with those of the county.

Only through the discovery provided by undertaking a serious and detailed study will the council be provided the information necessary to make an informed decision as to what is best for the citizens of New Port Richey.

C. Duncan Hitchcock, New Port Richey

Rejecting dredge may doom plans

The Army Corps of Engineers rejection of the Fillman Bayou channel dredging project comes as a big surprise in that the SunWest Harbourtowne development had hired a former high-ranking member of the corps to ride herd on the proposal.

Since the bigger channel was a major selling point for the development, it may also be dead. Pasco County still has land for a park minus boat ramps but since it has cut funding and staff for the parks it now has it may be hard pressed to do anything but keep the gate locked.

John Ennis, Hudson

U-turn signs make no sense

Facing north on U.S. 19 at the intersection of Camry Drive, cars making a left-hand turn onto Camry Drive are okay, but cars making U-turns into McDonald's are a no-no.

Coming out of Camry Drive, motorists can only turn right. Therefore when a car makes a U-turn, it could cause a serious collision. There are no-U-turn signs that are either not seen or ignored. I have reported this to police and the Department of Transportation and nothing has been done.

There also is a no-U-turn sign at that same intersection facing southbound traffic. This makes no sense because a driver cannot turn any other way besides right onto Camry Drive. This sign should be reversed for traffic going north, which would make three no-U-turn signs.

Rosalie Massimo, Holiday


Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18