Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters: Sheriff voters care about more than looks

Lots to remember as race for sheriff nears | March 4, C.T. Bowen column

Voters care about more than looks

After reading your column, I believe you have a serious prejudice against older women whose votes you say can be had for a smile and a polite nod from a handsome face like Chris Nocco's.

I really take offense because it is obvious more than just older women vote in Pasco, and no one seemed to hold Will Weatherford's good looks and Tallahassee political connections against him, except of course, we Democrats. To make like Nocco can get the female vote so cheaply by just a nod and a smile really says a lot about your feelings towards us older women.

I am going to base my vote for sheriff not only on how good-looking a candidate is and what lurks in the mind of a candidate, but most importantly of all, what is in his heart for the county and the nation he serves. It isn't just looks, brains, and being community-minded that attract women voters. We also know that a sheriff has to be a good marksman, good police officer, and have good judgment.

It will be to our benefit if you investigate each candidate on that basis, not just on being appreciated by the lady customers at Starbucks.

Kathy Lambert, Dade City

Waiting room politics should be kept neutral | March 3 column

Politics aside, the shouting is toxic

I couldn't agree more with Barbara Fredricksen's column on offensive TV in doctors' offices. And how about the knee-jerk vituperation that instantly rained on her head ?

Medical studies have shown the ill effects of noise on human beings. It is mental assault, distracting and stressful. It raises blood pressure and worsens anxiety. Angry voices especially are an act of bullying and aggression, like window-rattling rap: "I can make you listen to my insulting racket, and you can't do anything about it."

I don't care if it's Fox News, Jerry Springer or a screaming soap opera. It's toxic. Often, the volume alone is sickening, whatever the content.

I would love to see a crusade to acquaint the doctors with this concern. We have no-indoor-smoking laws because of the dangers of secondhand smoke. Why couldn't patients have a right to a waiting room that isn't a hostile environment ?

There are closed-caption options. There is non-contentious programming, or music. Exactly who is insisting on the obnoxious background noise? Is it the physicians, trying to inject their politics into the doctor-patient relationship? Like the doctor who notified his patients that anyone who voted for Obama should take their business elsewhere ?

Is it the staff ? I've found some who would very graciously turn the TV down or off — as well as those who acted like it was an indecent suggestion. I think it says a lot about the doctor if the staff is arrogant and unaccommodating, so, yeah, I don't go back there.

Or, is it the inconsiderate patients who are so addicted to outrage and controversy that they have to be immersed in it everywhere they go, other people be damned?

I think the folks who wrote to express their contempt for anyone's views but their own made Barbara's point. I can't imagine them tolerating being made to listen to what they don't believe and don't want to hear, repeated ad nauseam.

I've never encountered the liberal media morass, but I would dislike it being dinned into my ears in the doctor's office, too.

Nancy Boudreau, Brooksville

Comments

Friday’s letters: Why just single-member districts are a bad idea for Hillsborough

Murman’s bad idea on districts | April 20, editorialSingle-member districts’ flawYour editorial opposing single-member districts in Hillsborough County is totally correct. I have served as Miami-Dade county manager twice. The first time (1976-198...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Thursday’s letters: A surgeon responds to story about a needle being left in a baby’s heart

All Children’s surgeon left a needle in a baby’s heart | April 22My view as one of the surgeonsI am one of the physicians discussed (but not interviewed) in this article. Whatever the motive for such an article, I disagree with many of the claims...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/26/18

Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Published: 04/23/18
Updated: 04/25/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18