Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Wrong time for tax increases

Stop property, gas tax hikes

The proposed gasoline tax and property tax increases are not good ideas at this time.

Both proposals are bad solutions at a time when seniors and the unemployed are just making ends meet not to mention the impact it would mean to the businesses selling gas in Pasco. Any extra money projected in the proposed increase in gas tax from tourists would probably be offset by Pasco residents going to Hillsborough County for gasoline.

Some ideas to consider: Increase impact fees; use municipal bonds for roads repair and maintenance or stop all new road construction not paid for by developers.

Remember property values will be increasing so will the property taxes. Don't put a tax increase on top of a tax increase.

Raymond Kobasko, Wesley Chapel

A substitute list for Lacoochee

Suggestions for replacements for the fired Lacoochee Elementary School staff: Michelle Rhee, Jeb!, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Benett, Davis Guggenheim (director, Waiting for Superman), state Rep. Will Weatherford and Bill Gates.

Gail A. Reynolds, Dade City

Church damage hard to fathom

While I realize the persons responsible for breaking into the Asbury United Methodist Church and its Fellowship Center, at 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey, most likely do not read the paper, maybe someone will come forward.

There were doors kicked in, glass smashed and every key to various area doors stolen.

I can't understand why. Ten dollars was stolen.

Asbury tries to reach out to its surrounding community. I lose faith daily with society failings. But, but, to get some kicks out of damaging our church ? All I can say is this is a dark road you are traveling.

May God forgive you because I have a hard time doing it.

Christina Ennist, New Port Richey

Politics quashing gun ban debate | April 28, letter

Freedom reigns in gun law vote

Now that the effort to unnecessarily expand background checks on firearms purchase was defeated in the U.S. Senate, let us get rid of the liberal slant that President Obama has been promoting just as he did in Chicago.

Most gun shows have a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives presence. This is true at the gun shows at the State Fairgrounds in Tampa as with most gun shows in the state. BATFE officers walk the show undercover and have a table at the show if anyone has questions on firearms transactions.

Here's the rub: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio had an amendment to the gun bill to support law-abiding gun-owning Americans.

People with a concealed carry permit issued in their state of residence would have reciprocity with all of the states. The holder of such a permit has the ultimate background check.

He or she has been fingerprinted, provided a recent passport photo, taken a gun-safety class, and paid for their license. Fifty-seven senators voted for this, three short of the 60 needed.

As to the other 43 senators who voted against it, this shows freedom-loving Americans that those senators have their own political agenda.

Bill Bunting, Hudson

Schenck is sure no reformer

I couldn't agree with columnist Dan DeWitt more that State Rep. Rob Schenck is not a reformer.

In my opinion he has done nothing for Hernando County. Schenck stated during the election he was going to create jobs. Well, where are the jobs? Except maybe for his cousin, who is on the payroll as Mr. DeWitt stated in his column.

I called Schenck's office several times a year or so ago about sinkhole claims with no response at all.

In Spring Hill, we have major problems with Citizens Insurance with sinkhole claims and coverage. He is nowhere to be found and his help is completely nonexistent.

So who comes to the rescue for homeowners? State Rep. Mike Fasano who now represents Pasco County, but he still is there to help us out in Hernando County.

He has been outstanding to us with our problems and claims with Citizens Insurance.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill

Shining knight Rubio's dark side

At the annual Reagan Day dinner in Pasco County the GOP stars walked the red carpet, but none shined so brightly as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the young knight in shinning armor who voted against the Violence Against Women act.

None in attendance dared to reach for Excalibur, for that would take conscience. But, then none could pry the rifle from the hands of the good senator as he signed it and presented it the highest bidder.

Several members of the Pasco Board of County Commissioners stood in homage as the rifle was awarded.

The voices of the public were as ignored as the number of dead by gun violence.

Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: Don’t step on local government

Constitution Revision Commission Proposal 95Proposal steps on local controlThe Constitution Revision Commission’s seriously wrongheaded Proposal 95 states that local governments "may only regulate commerce, trade or labor occurring specifically withi...
Published: 01/23/18

Do you have a gold star yet?

Do you have a gold star on your Florida driver’s license, and are you REAL ID compliant?Florida is a federal REAL ID compliant state, which means that driver’s license and identification cards here meet federal law as to security standards and confir...
Published: 01/22/18

Monday’s letters: Tampa Bay deserves rail as an option

New transit option: BRT | Jan. 12Tampa deserves rail as an optionI was disheartened by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement about his exhaustion with public transit discussions. It sounds like the government of Tampa has given up on ever realizin...
Published: 01/21/18

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

Tuesday’s letters: Diagnosis by journalist playing doctor

Trump’s sanity grades | Jan. 19, commentaryAn inept journalistic diagnosisI was worried the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t find someone qualified to rebuke the findings of noted physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. To the rescue came the brilliant Gail Collins...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/22/18

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