Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco letters: Toll road has more questions than answers

Re: Elevated toll road

Expressway looks more like monster

I have read the studies by the Florida Department of Transportation, TBARTA, the Pasco County MPO and planning/growth management staff along with the proposal of the consortium that makes up the 54 Express LLC.

A disturbing point within the proposal is the statement that if the project is abandoned the proposer will remove the infrastructure or expect a fair settlement payment from the DOT reflective of fair market value. I guess this is also a first, a prenuptial between the DOT and a road building company. Also at question are the proposer's comments regarding reimbursement from the DOT if the department exercises its rights in the corridor that would have a negative impact on the revenue or operating costs of the new toll facility.

Does this mean that if the corridor needs additional lanes or to connect roads in the corridor over the toll facility that it could be perceived as impacting the toll facility negatively so that the DOT would be required to reimburse it for the perceived negative impact? Striking also is the proposer's comment that "the project may reduce or postpone the need for improvements on other facilities" and thus there needs to be "a full understanding of other road expansions in the area since that may affect the revenue potential of the project."

Are we to glean from this statement that the Ridge Road Extension, Tower Road Extension, improvements to State Road 52 or any other road expansion in Pasco could be postponed or reduced until the 54 Express facility feels secure in its revenue potential? Most businesses I know don't set a limit on their revenue potential so we could be in for a long wait for transportation needs in this county if so.

Why is the project called an elevated highway? The proposer specifically states that "the project will have elevated and at-grade level sections which will include overpasses that cross existing roads owned by federal, state and county authorities." The word elevated is only used once for the U.S. 41/SR 54 intersection and for purposes of crossing the CSX rail line adequately. The only access points mentioned are at the start of the project in New Port Richey, Starkey Boulevard, the Suncoast Parkway, I-75 and access to Meadow Pointe Boulevard. An access at U.S. 41 is being considered.

I visualize a 33-mile stretch of overpasses and crossovers down the corridor right of way. I think a better name for the project would be the "Loch Ness Express" and maybe we should cut off the head of the serpent sooner rather than later.

Sandy Graves, Land O'Lakes

Less frequent, less news?

The newspaper I've read and quoted for the last 18 years has cut the Pasco Times section to twice a week and now has decided that it's down to one day a week. I'm darn mad.

Do we have less news than we did before? We still have public officials acting badly and prostitutes walking along U.S. 19. I want to be kept up to date on what's being done to us on a daily basis. I've noticed no change in my bill for less service.

Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey


Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Published: 05/21/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18

Thursday’s letters: Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America

Autonomous vehicles in FloridaThe state for self-driving carsAlmost overnight, Florida has arguably become the autonomous vehicle capital of North America. In the last three months, Voyage, a self-driving taxi service, has begun service in the Villag...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/17/18

Wednesday’s letters: Florida’s Community Health Centers save $1.78 for every dollar spent

Florida’s Community Health CentersHealth centers are a great dealIf you gave someone a dollar and they gave you back $1.78, wouldn’t you consider that a fantastic deal? That’s the deal Florida’s Community Health Centers provide for the state’s citize...
Published: 05/12/18
Updated: 05/16/18