Thursday, February 22, 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


Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

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Updated: 8 hours ago

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