Wednesday, March 21, 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: 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 ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18