Sunday, May 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Red light camera cash comes from right-hand turn violations

Right-hand turns raking in fines

I spent a number of years as a K-9 officer at the Orlando Police Department. I recently got a ticket for violation 316.075(1)(c)1. It appears while making a right-hand turn onto Wiscon Road at U.S. 41 (Broad Street) in Brooksville the light changed in 0.8 seconds and I got a ticket.

I asked Brooksville Police how many tickets had been issued for that violation at that intersection over the past year. The police told me 24,000 tickets had been issued in one year at that intersection. At $158 per ticket that is $3.792 million out of the pockets of citizens who could use the money for food, rent, etc.

Many of the tickets are for making a right-hand turn on red or amber (yellow) and not stopping first at the crosswalk. That will get you a ticket every time. Remember a red or amber light means stop at the crosswalk or white line, wait a couple of seconds to ensure you have a clear path to go and then go.

Keep your money in your pocket and the local economy, not in Tallahassee and the red-light camera companies.

Rick Grim, Brooksville

Merged precincts will suppress vote

I witnessed a travesty of justice, a blatant attempt at voter suppression. By a vote of 3-2, the Hernando County Commission approved the plan of Shirley Anderson, Hernando County's Republican supervisor of elections, to combine several voting precincts in the name of saving a few thousand dollars. This is particularly egregious in the case of two precincts. She has managed to allow only one polling location for the entire city of Brooksville by closing two precincts with long and storied histories.

One of those being closed is Precinct 11 and its polling location in South Brooksville, a low-income, mostly African-American area where the voters have been able to walk to their polling location on Election Day to cast their ballots. Precinct 26 is in Cloverleaf Farms. This is even farther away from the new polling location at Tom Varn Park. Here the residents are used to walking or riding their golf carts to their clubhouse to vote on Election Day.

Ms. Anderson is inflicting a serious hardship on the voters of Hernando County in an effort to save a few dollars. The right to vote is the pivotal right that is guaranteed to all Americans. To make it more difficult to exercise that right is nothing less than un-American. Commissioners Wayne Dukes, Nick Nicholson and Chairman Dave Russell shamefully voted to go ahead with this attempt at voter suppression.

Terry Ogden, Spring Hill

A lot of sidewalks to nowhere

I see sidewalks, or more importantly, sections of sidewalks all over the county. The article about sidewalks along Waterfall Drive states that "The county is limited in the number of sidewalks it can build each year."

I live in Woodland Waters, and we have had barricades at our entrance for many months because the sidewalks in front of our subdivision go a short distance, then stop. There are many sections of sidewalk along U.S. 19, but none of them are usable because they are not connected.

Why would the county start more sidewalks before completing the ones that have been started many months ago? Our homeowners association is tending to the sidewalks in front of our subdivision, but many of the completed sections along U.S. 19 are already covered with grass and weeds.

Who is going to use these sidewalks to nowhere? Who will maintain these walkways and at what cost? Why don't they finish one area before more sections are poured?

Wouldn't it make more sense to consider sidewalks within the various neighborhoods instead of on major highways? Granted, in Central Florida, there seems to kill an amazing number of pedestrians each year. But, I don't see how unconnected sections of sidewalks, many overgrown with grass and weeds, are the answer.

Barbara Miller, Weeki Wachee


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

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

Monday’s letters: Good ideas to fix schools still require enough money

Another plan for faltering schools | May 9The right ideas, cash still neededThe administration of the Hillsborough County School District should be applauded for persistent efforts to find the right formula to improve educational results of stude...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Saturday’s letters: Short-sighted prison cuts hurt society

Call to rethink prison cuts | May 10Short-sighted prison cuts hurt societyThe Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The short-sighted action wi...
Published: 05/09/18
Updated: 05/11/18