Sunday, March 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Remembering Jan Glidewell, an iconic journalist

Remembering iconic journalist

The field of journalism has truly lost an exceptional man. Jan Glidewell's column was the first thing I read when he was a regular contributor. He was sure to arouse feelings of joy and laughter and, at times, tears and frustration — but still, always the first go-to column.

Upon meeting him at a social gathering, I commented on how much younger he looked in person. He looked at me, smiled and said "My dear, but I am so much younger in person."

So funny, so passionate and loved and respected by so many. He will be missed.

Janet Sunderland, Spring Hill

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I lost a friend I never met.

Leon G. Atkinson, Istachatta

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I am saddened to learn of the passing of Jan Glidewell and appreciated Bill Stevens' commentary on this unique journalist. I particularly appreciated a piece Jan wrote defending state HRS child protective staff many years ago. It was a time that they were the punching bag of politicians and the public at large.

I remember writing a letter on one occasion of his suggested retirement, that he retired more times than George Foreman, the late boxer. I was fortunate to get to know him personally. I will miss his columns and I will miss him.

Marc Yacht, Hudson

DeWitt wrong on Common Core

Like the Hernando School Board members he criticizes, Dan DeWitt inadvertently makes an argument against himself on Common Core. He says their arguments are so bad they make local governance over public schools look bad, and national education policies like Common Core look good. Has he ever paid attention to state and national politics? Does it appear so calm, so orderly, so sensible that it would be a vast improvement over local politics?

Most people would laugh at the suggestion.

Further, if, as DeWitt says, "most people would want these particular locals as far away from deciding the course of our kids' education as possible," the beauty of local control is that the people can actually make that decision at the ballot box next year. Yes, you can do that in state and national elections, too, but each vote has a bigger voice in local elections because there are far fewer votes. And, in comparison with Common Core, where the public had no say over who wrote the thing, local control looks, well, democratic, while Common Core looks mightily autocratic.

Of course, DeWitt may prefer an autocracy, or a monarchy, but that's not the government we have, and for many good reasons.

Joy Pullmann, Chicago

County does poor job on park fees

On Thursday, Sept. 26, I telephoned the county parks and recreation department to inquire about fees for a renewal of my dog park pass. I was told the fees went up which, is no problem, but when I asked if I could purchase my renewal immediately, the person on the phone said I had to wait until Oct. 1.

How ridiculous is that? They do not trust a person for a few days, and everyone must renew on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The last time I was there I couldn't renew because the person who does the renewal was out to lunch. Did anyone ever hear of cross training individuals for better service to the public?

Time to do something about our county government. What a waste of my time and our county's assets.

Susan Myers, Spring Hill


Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18