Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: West Pasco attributes worth savoring

Remaking west Pasco requires conviction | Feb. 14 editorial

West Pasco still has plenty to offer

The Times editorial on remaking west Pasco, which described the deterioration of many of the commercial and residential areas of that section of our county over the past 30 to 40 years, was right on. The future designation of this section as the Harbors is a good idea as well.

This is a reminder that there are many oases of quality already here. Attractive restaurants provide superb dining experiences. Some excellent stores make shopping a pleasure.

Other oases are communities in west Pasco with deed restrictions that require that owners keep their homes, condos, lawns, and landscaping well maintained. Beacon Woods, where I live, has 2,744 residences and an estimated population of 6,000. It is one of these communities. Vigilance, usually in the form of reminder letters, is sometimes needed, but homeowners and condo associations in Beacon Woods, along with the staff at our civic center, do their very best to keep everything attractive and enable us to maintain our designation as a bird sanctuary. Having an 18-hole golf course here is another plus.

Having lived in Pinellas County for 20 years before moving to west Pasco nine years ago, my wife and I also appreciate the relatively easy traffic flow here compared to highly congestive traffic in Pinellas. The population down there in a much smaller county geographically is about twice that of expansive Pasco County.

So Pasco residents count your blessings, as county commissioners hopefully move forward with a strategic plan to improve living, job opportunities, travel, shopping, and the environment in a dozen identifiable districts in west Pasco. Your commissioners need your support.

Michael Miller, Bayonet Point

One fatal night roars back | Feb. 10 article

Crash lawsuit not ridiculous enough

I just read the article about the lawsuit brought against the Sheffey Lane homeowners. I think the attorney has left money on the table and the suit should be expanded.

Here's a list of the additional defendants that should be included:

Pontiac — for not having a warning label that driving while under the influence could cause an accident.

Gas station — for no warning that if you plow a car into a tree at a high rate of speed the gas in the tank may catch fire.

The drug dealer — for no warning that taking the drugs and driving could result in serious injury.

God — for no warning that if you hit a tree that your body may be seriously injured.

It's no wonder attorneys are the brunt of so many jokes. I feel sorry for all of the good attorneys out there who work hard to protect peoples' rights and their innocence.

Bruce Edgar, New Port Richey


Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18