Monday, December 11, 2017
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


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

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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