Monday, December 11, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters: Stop repaving roads and give us sidewalks

Stop repaving; give us sidewalks

Pasco County repaved most of Hicks Road from New York Avenue to State Road 52 last year. This month, the county repaved New York Avenue from Hicks Road to U.S. 19. Thank you, but we didn't need repaving; we need sidewalks and bicycle paths. Both Hicks Road and New York Avenue are without shoulders, and the grass on the sides is too rough to ride on and dangerous for walking.

There is a beautiful park with a great walking-jogging-cycling trail, on Hicks Road between New York Avenue and Hudson Road, but it is suicide to walk to it.

The next time the county has money to burn, we hope they will provide something useful like sidewalks instead of repaving perfectly good roads.

A.J. D'Amario, Hudson

Utility monopoly is not capitalism

Never have I been so happy to be a customer of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative. I don't know how their rates compare to other electric companies across the nation, but I do know this: They are not charging me for anything I am not getting and may never get.

With gasoline prices flying high and the ramifications that will follow, I don't see how anyone (Progress Energy customers) will deal with such a travesty of ethics. I don't know why, but I always thought that monopolies were a no-no in America. Apparently I'm wrong. Capitalism is supposed to be about competition — I guess I'm wrong there, too. If a customer has no choice but to deal with a provider or have no electricity, that seems go against everything I can remember learning about monopolies and price-fixing.

Michael T. Lemen, New Port Richey

Praise for Reps. Legg, Corcoran

Now that the regular legislative session has ended, I want to recognize the efforts of two members of the Pasco County legislative delegation for their outstanding efforts to help defeat one of the most consumer-burdensome bills filed this year. House Bill 245, known as the "Citizens Depopulation" bill, would have pushed Citizens policyholders into unregulated insurance companies.

Reps. John Legg and Richard Corcoran stood up on the House floor and passionately worked against this bill, which was poised to have its most important consumer protection stripped away. Instead, due to their efforts and the votes of other consumer-minded legislators, the bill never again saw the light of day.

The bill's House sponsor wanted to remove a provision that was added by the Florida Senate. The provision would have required insurance companies to sit down with policyholders and explain to them that if they switched to an unregulated surplus lines company their rates could be raised at any time (without the state's approval) as well as other risks they would be taking.

It takes courage to go against leadership, but Reps. Legg and Corcoran did just that. All legislators who voted against this bill in both the House and the Senate deserve praise for putting consumers first.

Sen. Mike Fasano, New Port Richey

Politics aside, the shouting is toxic | March 14, letter

Quiet helps fears in doctor's office

The letter supporting Barbara Fredricksen's column couldn't have been better.

I am sure the vast majority of people appreciate a quiet and calming atmosphere while waiting, often anxiously, for an appointment. I hope doctors and testing centers are reading and will learn.

Christine Taylor, Port Richey


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

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

Wednesday’s letters: Bill gives small businesses tax relief

Tax bill clears Senate | Dec. 3Small businesses get tax reliefThe Senate and House have now passed their respective tax bills. Once Congress sends a final package to the White House, President Donald Trump will deliver us the most powerful tax re...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Tuesday’s letters: Transplant bill will help Medicare patients

November Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the unresponsiveness of elected officials.Representatives aren’t listeningFor whom do our legislators work? I ask because my Florida senator doesn’t appear to work for me. I drove 27 miles on N...
Published: 12/04/17

Monday’s letters: A citizen’s heroic act

Suspect arrested | Nov. 29A courageous citizen’s actOn Nov. 28, a courageous act occurred in the Tampa Bay area. It was one that law enforcement professionals applaud and hope becomes more frequent. An ordinary citizen did the right thing and spo...
Published: 12/01/17

Saturday’s letters: Historic preservation process needs fixing

A preservation problem | Nov. 25, editorialApplication process needs fixingThere is a reason why smaller rather than larger groups of property owners are getting together to seek historic district designation: It is St. Petersburg’s application p...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/01/17

Friday’s letters: Allegations from distant past have political tinge

Published: 11/30/17