Wednesday, May 23, 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


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...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

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