Thursday, November 23, 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: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17