Saturday, November 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Post inspections to ensure clean restaurants

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Health violations found at 3 local restaurants Jan. 3 article

Make restaurant show inspections

Eating out can be a crapshoot when it comes to cleanliness. Low wages, constant turnover and understaffing all contribute to conditions cited in the article.

What is needed is a customer protection plan. Require all eating establishments to post, at their entranceway, their latest health inspection report. Failure to do so would result in an automatic one week closure.

John Ennis, Hudson

Newtown school killings

This slaughter demands action

The killing of 20 innocent children and six adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, deserves more than a debate. It demands action.

Let's not kid ourselves here: Is not the real reason why no action has been taken on this issue fear of political retribution by gun rights advocates?

As much as we may want to lay this problem exclusively at the feet of our elected officials, it is, by definition, not an easy one to solve. We will never be able to stop a human being from killing another. We can, however, and should, do all that we can to minimize this type of tragedy from happening again.

The solution is not to eliminate guns in our society. Nor is it as simple as enforcing gun laws already on the books. Gun control legislation, though not the answer by itself, can and should be part of an overall solution. Congress and the president should act by renewing the ban on the assault weapons that place our law enforcement in jeopardy and make the carnage worse. There is simply no need to have such powerful weaponry to defend one's self. The Sheriff's Office can, and should, weigh in.

We can have a vibrant Second Amendment, while at the same time do all that we can to protect our children, our teachers and our citizens from carnage. We can find a way to protect both, if we just have the courage to act.

Chuck Kalogianis, Trinity

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

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Published: 11/15/17

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Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

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Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

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Published: 11/10/17

Sunday’s letters: End greyhound racing in Florida

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Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17

Friday’s letters: Hillsborough school making strong progress

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