Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Republicans feeling isolated should switch parties

History lessons can't predict GOP future | Dec. 13 guest column

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The James Pettican guest column wondered if the "political Grim Reaper" is destined to claim the Republican Party and suggests the party "recast itself as the party that will appeal to the younger and more ethnically diverse voters."

There is already a party that does that. It is called the Democratic Party. If you are a Republican who finds the party has left you without representation or if you are a former Democrat who became a Republican because you felt you had to in order to win political office, it is time to reconsider.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

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I worked in the private sector and my retirement benefits are paid from Social Security, Medicare & private pension plans which I paid for during my working years. Politicians like U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent get elected to jobs that pay very good public salaries with outstanding benefit packages. The majority of private sector workers would jump for joy at such benefits.

I can say that simply because I've experienced this from my dad who worked over 35 years for New York State. His salary, benefit package and retirement benefits where outstanding and he didn't pay out of pocket for any of it. He lived for almost 30 years in retirement collecting in excess of $1 million from taxpayers who paid these benefits via tax dollars. Plus, he received Social Security and Medicare with complete supplemental retirement medical coverage from New York.

Nugent is in the same golden fleeced Mecca of government benefits befitting a king. He was a police officer, deputy, sheriff of Hernando County and now a member of Congress. He will receive a pension as well as excellent medical benefits now and in retirement. Additionally, he gets an excellent Congressional salary with benefits and qualifies for a federal pension that is separate from Social Security.

If we look at politicians who preach a hard line on not raising taxes, they are the ones who have their hand in the public till fleecing all they can from the taxpayers. Now he walks the GOP hard line of asking for cuts in Medicare, reforms in Social Security and is against raising taxes on the upper 2 percent of our society.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill


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

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18