Sunday, April 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Planned Ridge Road Extension wastes taxpayers' money

Drop Ridge Road Extension plan

It is hard to believe that Pasco County commissioners are once again considering spending taxpayer money for further studies on a dead project that holds no benefit for the residents.

This Ridge Road Extension project is not about evacuation and safety. This project is about increasing the value of investment land (some of which is presently inaccessible) for development purposes. These wealthy land speculators and developers continue to influence our county government for their own selfish interests.

Compromising the Serenova Preserve should not even be an option and I applaud the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its diligence in recognizing the fallacy of this project. Pasco County commissioners should finally drop this project, quit wasting our tax money, and concentrate on widening State Roads 52 and 54 for the good of all.

Frank Schroeder, Land O'Lakes

Even now, he loves bugs Nov. 1 article

VW-loving vet deserves better

Here's a man who fought for his country and his country made him dead before his time! It hurt my heart to read what our beloved county did to Corky Yager.

Our county forced him to get rid of most of his business, Sunray Bugs, leaving him struggling to make a living.

This man fought for the right of our freedoms and this is how we treat him. Shame on Pasco County.

Crystal Mackey, Dade City

Shedding light on Alzheimer's

November is national Alzheimer's disease month. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will participate in national candle lighting day. It is a good time for us to stop for a minute and consider the impact of the disease on Alzheimer's patients and the implications for the future.

Currently, this terrible disease is affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. It affects 1 in 10 people at age 65 and half of the people at age 85. With the advancing baby boomers, experts predict that up to 16 million people will be affected by the year 2030. Those who are or have been caregivers of an Alzheimer's disease patient know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain that is involved.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local organization that offers a number of services and programs to help families dealing with the many responsibilities of caregiving for an Alzheimer's disease or dementia patient. Memory loss is the first indicator that a person may have a problem, possibly the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

It is very important to get a diagnosis early. This allows valuable time for the patient and family to make unhurried decisions on medical treatment and address important financial concerns.

On Nov. 13, we offer free memory screenings to anyone who feels he or she may be experiencing memory loss. For information, contact our main office at (727) 848-8888 or toll free at 1-888-496-8004.

Dominick DePetrillo, executive director, Alzheimer's Family Organization

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Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18