Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco letters: Sheriff Chris Nocco's support mostly from outside county

Nocco receiving outside support

Record levels of money are being spent on political campaigns this year even at the local level.

Pasco residents recently got an example in our mail box. Sheriff Chris Nocco, appointed by Gov. Scott to replace Sheriff Bob White, sent out what had to be the most expensive campaign mailer in the history of Pasco County. Mr. Nocco has the money to spend, according to the filings with the Supervisor of Elections, because he has received nearly a quarter of a million dollars of donations. Most donations came from Tallahassee addresses and not Pasco. This is not surprising since Mr. Nocco is new to Pasco County and his wife is a Tallahassee lobbyist who has raised money for Scott.

The citizens of Pasco County are well on their way to losing control of their Sheriff's Office.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

Council wasting taxpayer money

It is a shame in this day and age that a handful of elected officials with the good-old-boy syndrome can waste local taxpayers' money and time on something as trivial as 13 parking spots.

That's what we have in the Port Richey City Council right now. It is more worried about a struggling business, Whiskey River, that employs 31 people (almost as many people as the city itself) than the bigger issues facing the city.

The cliental for this business is made up of 40 percent local people right out of the same subdivision as this handful and another 50 percent come from the immediate area. We have worked diligently with the city manager and police chief, both upstanding individuals. We have done everything we have been asked to do, but some people are just miserable and want everyone around to be the same way.

It is very clear to regular patrons that a few of the local residents with the help of friends on the council are more interested in personal vendettas than the important business of the city at hand. The city spent taxpayers' money to fight and at the end of the day it accomplished nothing, because, like all of us, people are going to park where they want.

If you do not quit harassing local business, and start supporting them, sooner or later you will not need a City Council.

Ed Burbach, Port Richey

A gem of nature, Chinsegut Hill at risk | Sept. 23 Dan DeWitt column

Will someone come to rescue?

Columnist Dan DeWitt continues in his efforts to save Chinsegut with that beautiful antebellum mansion in Brooksville.

As a student at the University of South Florida, a friend of mine and I attended a weekend retreat there. They told us the legend of the ancient oak nearby and we walked the entire grounds. It is such a wonderful bit of old Florida.

We once had a visitor from Syracuse who was thrilled to read the moss-covered gravestones in the cemetery, something that many locals don't even know about. That old manse seemed to exude history. How sad to lose it. The university has attempted, over the years, to raise awareness and money for this landmark.

Is there a group, particularly in Hernando or Pasco, who can take up this cause? I'll bet it's still possible to do it.

Lilyan V. Dayton, New Port Richey

Demolition to start | Sept. 20 article

Ideas sought for utilizing property

Very nice article on the former park. Many of us have been trying to remove that eyesore and others in the area for some time and Port Richey City Manager Tom O'Neill's leadership has gone a long way to complete that effort.

We at F.I. Grey & Son, Inc. in New Port Richey have been engaged by the current owner to market the property as soon as the cleanup is complete. We would love to have suggestions from the public as to ideas they might have for uses of the site.

We would be happy to pursue any practical suggestions to try to bring something there of which the city can be proud and excited to see.

Thank you for the positive article on something changing for the better.

Chuck Grey, New Port Richey

Things have changed, but not the name | Sept. 14 article

Mural's artists didn't get credit

Two pictures were taken for the article — one of the current owner and manager and one of the new 480-square-foot mural of Bourbon Street that replaced the old football field mural.

Neither myself nor the other artist, Dawn Smith, were credited for our creation and our work on the new Bourbon Street mural in the article or the caption of the photograph.

Adam Steele, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: Thanks to jurors for fulfilling civic duty

May is Juror Appreciation MonthThanks, jurors, for your serviceTrial 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 litigants would ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

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