Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco doesn't need irrelevant gun law

Hearing on gun shows is prudent first step | Jan. 24 editorial

1994 gun survey not relevant today

There cannot be a fair and prudent hearing before the Pasco County commissioners regarding background checks at gun shows unless the anti-gun rhetoric and misrepresentations expressed in this editorial are corrected.

The assertion that 40 percent of national gun sales are absent background checks is dubious at best. That figure is based on a survey of only 251 people done in 1994, the same year the Brady Law, which required background checks by federally licensed firearms dealers, went into effect. The questions and answers were ambiguous, and inconclusive. The results were 35.7 of respondents who did not acquire their firearms from a licensed dealer, while the margin of error would allow for a range of 30 to 40 percent.

A small and questionable survey done almost 20 years ago is hardly one applicable to today. Even Vice President Biden acknowledged that the 40 percent figure is one "we can't say with absolute certainty" that it is correct.

The editorial leads one to believe that the questionable 40 percent is entirely made up of gun shows or across the Internet. That is pure speculation, as there are many legitimate private sales between individuals, all legal, and between law abiding parties. Many legal sales are made over the Internet between licensed dealers and individuals who must pass a background check, and interstate sales are referred to licensed dealers in the buyer's state who complete the transaction.

The tragic shootings at Newtown are being irrationally exploited by anti-gun advocates in order to stir up anti-gun emotions and encourage more irrelevant gun control laws, continuing to incrementally infringe on our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Lee Hanson, Hudson

Patrol dog's death leaves deputy with empty feeling Jan. 24 letter

Condolences on loss of special dog

I saw first the great photo of a deputy with his two patrol dogs and read on to find out just how special Lee was. He reminded me of a dog I had when I was young. She was part German shepherd and once took on two bigger dogs trying to attack me.

I am glad I read the article even though I knew that it would make me cry.

Lee seemed to be one of those very special dogs and I hope Deputy Robert Wilkins and his family will soon get over the loss of Lee.

Holly Haley, New Port Richey


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

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18