Saturday, June 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Park fees are a burden to most Pasco residents

Enforcing parking fee ultimately helps parks Jan. 26 editorial

Park fees burden to most residents

Are you people on the Pasco County Parks Department payroll? Or are you so blinded by the powers that be you can not see what these fees are? They are an added tax arbitrarily placed on the people of the county by an administration that cares not one wit about the average-income folks of this county.

These fees are a burden on the majority of people who live in west Pasco whose incomes are a lot less than the commissioners and the park administrators.

They have taken no pay cut that I know of and can find $300,000 to give a Christmas bonus to county employees on a whim.

They can propose a Pinellas Trail extension at the that same cost yet cannot find funds to allow their citizens to use their tax-supported parks. Where does all this money come from?

Mr. Editor, are you so hooked into the establishment that you don't care about the average folks either?

Brigitte Rehlinger, Holiday

Republican office must stay fair

I am hoping in the spirit of a good, clean race between Republican State Committeeman Bill Bunting and former Commissioner Steve Simon that the Pasco Republican office will be available during regular hours to phone bank for the Simon team.

I understand that six to eight lines have been added for that purpose. A fair campaign between these two rivals is paramount to keeping the Pasco Republican Party relevant without bias.

It also is my request that Committeeman Bunting be relieved of his duties as office manager of the Hudson Republican office on State Road 52 and be replaced with a qualified and neutral person.

All local Republican candidates must have access to that office without prejudice.

I know Republican Executive Committee Chairman Randy Maggard is a fair and competent leader in our party and will do the right thing in this instance.

George Skinner, Hudson

Comments

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

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Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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 ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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