Monday, June 18, 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: 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 ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18