Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco letters: The School Board is on the right track

School Board is on the right track

Congratulations to the School Board of Pasco County.

It appears as though this board has lost the rubber stamps handed down from previous boards. What a refreshing concept of doing the job to which they were elected.

David Deck, New Port Richey

Homeowners associations

As a resident of Bridgewater, I am interested in a case in which our homeowners association may or may not have circumvented the law.

The association posted notices on a house that at the time was vacant. A second notice went on the house demanding rent five days before the tenant moved in. When the tenant found the notice, she contacted the owners. The owners' lawyer learned that a lien had been placed on the house for a missed payment to the association back in 2009.

The owners attempted over a period of two weeks to pay the lien but the association did not return their calls, emails and provided no address other than a post office box to send payment. The owners worked diligently and followed the law to prevent their tenant from being evicted.

The association never has given the owners an actual number as to what they owe the association due to interest, lawyer fees and other fines levied for missing a $135 payment in 2009. The lien placed on the house in 2009 calls for payment of $2,651 but the association will not accept that amount.

As a homeowner trying to sell my home in the same neighborhood, I have had Realtor after Realtor tell me that nobody is buying in Bridgewater due to the overzealous actions of the home­owners association and mostly, that of the president.

I hope that this particular family, and others who have been victimized by their associations, come forward. We as a people need to have better protection from overbearing and over-reaching associations.

Mark Truatmann, Wesley Chapel

A big thanks from HPH Hospice

National Nursing Home Week begins today and presents HPH Hospice with the opportunity to thank facility staff and volunteers with whom we have formed invaluable partnerships. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Journey," resonates with our nursing home philosophy.

In May 1991, our not-for-profit hospice pioneered its first nursing home team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, bereavement counselors and volunteers.

More than 20 years later, we are honored to serve residents in nursing homes throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

We are grateful to facilities that have given us the privilege of caring for residents who are facing a life-limiting illness, just as we are to these special residents and their families.

Karen Bowman, Long term care program manager, HPH Hospice


Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

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Updated: 12 hours ago

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 ...
Published: 03/20/18

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