Saturday, March 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters: Educators should control education

Textbook saga a lesson on leaders | May 13 C.T. Bowen column

Educators should control education

The column was spot on. Perfectly describes the political game playing. The column spoofs reality but gets to the point of needing a career educator in the superintendent's office, not career politicians. What is less useless than a career politician?

Next on our collective agenda should be switching Pasco to an appointed superintendent. Keep up the good work in telling it like it is.

Roger Smith, Port Richey

Malnourished horses seized | May 11 article

Have compassion for these animals

What kind of Sheriff's Office do we have? They knew about this for two and a half years, and a horse has to die before they step in? That's outrageous. And now the horses have been "rescued," only to be fattened up and sent to auction to pay for the cost of the investigation?

What do we pay taxes for? Since when does the victim of a crime have to pay for the investigation? And these victims (horses) will probably pay with their lives. All because an uncaring human couldn't or wouldn't feed her horses, and now the Sheriff's Office needs to be reimbursed for doing its job.

Where is the mercy? Where are the horse rescue groups?

Kathleen Knestrick, Holiday

Bilirakis opposes our civil liberties

Gus Bilirakis remains in Congress solely due to his name recognition and the continued pandering to seniors and veterans begun by his father three decades ago.

Yet when it come to government's No. 1 responsibility, protecting our unalienable rights enshrined in the Constitution, Bilirakis has consistently voted against the Bill of Rights.

He has voted for extensions to the Patriot Act, which allows, among other things, agents to write their own search warrants. The founders' disgust with Britain included this very thing, then called Writs of Assistance.

Since December, Gus has voted for the military arrest and indefinite detention of American citizens in the U.S. under sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act. These sections violate our legal protections under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments.

He has voted to infringe upon the right to assemble and protest under HB 347/SB 1794, and two weeks ago he voted "yes'' to government control of the Internet with CISPA.

Mr. Bilirakis, in rejecting the legacy of our founders, framers and ratifiers deserves to be voted out in the upcoming election. While the current chances of this are very small, it is never too late to start looking for someone with a greater respect for the Bill of Rights to replace him.

I am the state director for Florida Tenth Amendment Center. For information, or AmendmentCenter or FL10th Amendment on

Andrew Nappi, Hudson


Monday’s letters: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/23/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18