Monday, April 23, 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


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