Sunday, January 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Who's in charge of defining Pasco's identity?

Defining 'premier' and making it happen Oct. 20 editorial

Willing to help, nowhere to turn

Perhaps one of the main reasons why nothing of significance has been accomplished is because those in charge of making the decisions are politicians and, as such, have to answer to those with an agenda. However, I may be wrong. Politicians may not be involved, but who would know as it's never been made clear who's in charge of defining the county's identity.

I had assumed that the Pasco Economic Development Council was in charge, but when my numerous attempts to help fell on deaf ears, I began to think that this was not the case. I'm sure I'm not alone in being curious to know who are the decisionmakers?

I am still very motivated to help in some way and would like to know who to contact.

Larry Richards, Trinity

Expanding park makes more sense

The decision of Commissioner Pat Mulieri and the rest of the board to earmark park impact fees for a frontage road that has zero economic value where the proposed Fields at Wiregrass are to be constructed should be a troubling sign to business owners of the area.

Mulieri and the county commissioners are clearly sending a message that a road to nowhere has greater economic importance then expanding Wesley Chapel District Park to ensure the national lacrosse tournament, which generates revenue and tax dollars, does not leave Pasco County.

With $3.75 million of park impact facility fees and $3.5 million of tourist tax dollars, we could turn the district park into a premiere facility that can compete with regional facilities in hosting the lacrosse tournament beyond 2016.

This will guarantee dollars spent by visitors will be at local restaurants and hotels in the area.

The actions of the county commissioners tell business owners they see no economic value in a major expansion of the district park. This inaction will give promoters the option to move their lacrosse tournament and the accompanying revenue to another county when the agreement with Pasco County expires in 2016.

Anthony Perugini, Wesley Chapel


Sunday’s letters: Bay area shortchanged on foster care funds

Opioid crisis herds kids to foster care | Jan. 9Bay area foster care shortchangedAs mentioned in this article, the growing opioid epidemic is unfortunately bringing more children into the Florida foster care system. While substance abuse has hist...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s letters: It’s not the word, it’s the racism

Presidential precedent | Jan. 14It’s not the word; it’s the racismThe Times went in the wrong direction and printed information that is rather useless. And that is strange. You usually get it right.I am talking about President Donald Trump’s prof...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s letters: Help for boaters against modern-day ‘pirates’

Marine towing and salvageHelp against modern-day piracyAs an avid recreational boat owner and sixth-generation Floridian, I know there’s no better way to enjoy our state’s spectacular waters than taking your boat out. Unfortunately, the fun of boatin...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18

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