Monday, February 19, 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

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18