Thursday, February 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Mosquitoes are no treat on Halloween

Bloodsuckers out on Halloween

As I strolled through the neighborhood on Halloween with my wife and newborn son, we found ourselves swatting and smacking at various body parts. Mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds were out in force, assaulting the buffet of children and parents.

Why were there so many mosquitoes out that night? The answer might be found by asking a different question: Why did Pasco County Mosquito Control not spray in the week leading up to Halloween? Surely, someone at the Mosquito Control office thought, "Boy, we ought to think about spraying the neighborhoods before 250,000 kids go walk around outside at dusk."

I would like to continue this letter, but it's hard to write and scratch 63 welts at the same time.

Adam Hazell, Land O'Lakes

Public safety or political attack?

Kim Bogart's recent news conference had absolutely nothing to do with putting public safety first as he touts. His accusations amount to exactly the type of politics he rallies against: slinging mud.

It was interesting to note that Mr. Bogart waited until the 11th hour to bring to the public's attention an incident that occurred nine months earlier. As a former Sheriff's Office employee, he is well aware of how easy it is to Monday morning quarterback.

Bogart's political attack was below him, and below the office he seeks.

Craig A. Laporte, Port Richey

Shelter dog full of life and love

A year ago, my husband and I adopted a dog from the Pasco Animal Services shelter. She had been picked up running the streets of Dade City. The police took her to the shelter.

I am so glad they did. She is a high-energy dog and the love of our life. The shelter and the people working were very nice.

Judy Lozaw, Holiday


Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18