Friday, December 15, 2017
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


Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

GOP plan favors owners | Dec. 11Perils of small business ownersI wonder if the author of this article has even a clue about owning a business. Businessmen — especially small business owners — risk it all. They risk their savings, their car, their...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

Finally, a president who cares | Dec. 13, letterTrump’s values hardly admirableThe letter writer is happy to have someone in the White House who "truly cares about our country’s business" and is "unafraid … of mentioning God and religious values....
Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

Florida ForeverPlan boosts land protectionMost of us thought funding for land conservation in Florida would be restored when we voted the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) into law in 2014. It passed easily, with 75 percent of voter...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

Arctic National Wildlife RefugeStop plan to drill for oil in refugeOur nation faces yet another effort to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic simply doesn’t make sound financial sense. W...
Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Saturday’s letters: Don’t inject political money into churches

Tax billKeep political cash out of pulpitA provision buried in the 429-page House tax bill, Section 5201, nullifies the Johnson Amendment, which protects houses of worship from partisan politics by prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing politica...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Friday’s letters: Most unpopular tax bill ever

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3The most unpopular tax bill ever"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post. At 2 a.m. on the dark morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, 51 Republicans approved the most wildly unpopular tax bill in U.S. h...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Thursday’s letters: Give your child the gift of reading

Fatherhood Involvement in Literacy CampaignGive your child the gift of readingPart of a successful game plan in sports is identifying plays that can put points on the scoreboard. Whether I was playing quarterback at Florida State or running the point...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/06/17