Sunday, May 27, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco candidate replies: Radford, Gunter, Gregg

Candidate replies

Editor's note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to respond.

Maurice Radford

Pasco sheriff, Republicans

I am a 25-year veteran officer with a leadership record of reducing crime to a 17-year low and saving taxpayers up to $750,000 a year as third-in-command of the Sheriff's Office. I am not a politician. As sheriff, I will ensure operational effectiveness and fiscal accountability by making top-down changes that commit 100 percent of the agency's resources to fighting crime and illegal drugs. I will stop the wasteful spending, reduce the size and cost of executive staff and eliminate existing political positions, contracts and consultants.

In contrast, the incumbent is seeking a $2.9 million increase in funding despite the fact that other county officials are significantly reducing their budgets. Given the facts, voters can be confident that I am the most qualified and best candidate in whom they can place their trust and confidence.

Bill Gunter

Pasco Commission, District 5, open primary

As a former defensive end for the Florida Gators I learned to face large opponents trying to keep me from reaching my objective. So I know how to fight through walls of opposition to reach my goals. I also know how to work together with other people to achieve consensus for the good of the whole. I know how to tackle problems and get things done.

I have over 20 years of leadership experience with people from all walks of life and from varying countries worldwide. My reputation for being tough, fair and honest, as well as humble, and a servant of others, is bolstered by 23 years of ministry experience. I do what I say I'll do, I keep my word and always with the good of others in mind.

This race is about consistent leadership, common sense, and teamwork that will fight to bring jobs and economic stability to the whole of our community and make Pasco County one of the safest and best places to live in all of Florida. That's what I will do if elected as county commissioner, because that's what I've done for over 20 years of my life.

Chris Gregg

Pasco Commission, District 3, Republicans

Thank you for acknowledging me as the most conservative candidate with the most conservative agenda. We must return to conservative values.

The federal government is $16 trillion in debt and the state found itself in a $2 billion shortfall this year, yet our county relies on grants from both that adds to our country's debt. Heading into a general election the Republican Party needs a conservative candidate that stands in stark contrast to a Democrat, not one who embraces the Democratic platform.

In regards to the use of Penny for Pasco, I meant Penny for Pasco is dictated by Florida statutes and it would have been nice to have had a general fund to allow for spending on first responders' salaries. We need to leave our kids and grandchildren with a better future instead of the burden of debt.


Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Saturday’s letters: Bayshore fatalities didn’t have to happen

After two fatalities, speed limits cut | May 25Cameras needed on BayshoreOnce again, two pedestrians have died as the result of careless drivers who were speeding. Once again, the Times and other media outlets are filled with opinions about the c...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Friday's letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation Month Thanks, jurors, for your service Trial by a jury of one’s peers is among the bedrock guarantees that make our representative democracy exceptional. Without it, the courtroom fates of defendants and civil litiga...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18