Saturday, February 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Rowden is only business-friendly commissioner

Rowden was sole pro-growth voice

The Hernando Commission failed to support our airport authority's efforts to at least have the opportunity of being considered for a major FAA contract that would have brought hundreds of high-tech, high-paying jobs into our area. This contract would have placed us in a key position to be a leader in the development of the necessary safeguards and systems needed to control the upcoming era of unmanned vehicle systems. It would have been a magnet to induce other businesses in this high-tech industry to locate in our county.

Apparently our County Commission has no interest in working to reduce the county's high unemployment rate. Our Republican-controlled commission mirrors the policies of the Republicans in our state and national government and is proving to be anti-business, anti-growth and anti-improving our economy.

Commissioner Diane Rowden's pro-growth voice needs to be recognized as being the only real friend the business community has.

Steve Zeledon, Spring Hill

Drone site turned down too quickly

I have heard good decisions and bad decisions from the Board of County Commissioners, but Tuesday's handling of the application for drone testing was sad, disrespectful, and uncaring about the county.

Apparently Diane Rowden is the only commissioner with business vision. The chairman did not respect either her comments nor the business community lined up to speak for the application.

To offer no comment or speak about a lack of information is to admit that homework was not done by several commissioners, nor was there an attempt to hear objective and public arguments.

I sincerely hope that four commissioners will research this topic and come to a more rational decision. The interesting point is that Hernando may not be a finalist in any case, but it was good thinking by Aviation Authority chairman Gary Schraut and county Business Development manager Mike McHugh.

Robert Widmar, Weeki Wachee

Programs don't justify library tax

I have been reading the newspaper articles concerning the proposed library tax.

Before making a definite decision, I contacted the Hernando County library to learn about the different services offered by the Hernando County library system. These are a few of their services: free tax preparation, meeting rooms that are free of charge to nonprofit organizations, free Internet, electronic material that can be downloaded free of charge, community education presentations, children's programs, teen and tween programs, and art programs, just to mention a few.

While all these programs are very nice, I do not feel they warrant an additional tax to be levied on the already over burdened taxpayers. I am writing to voice my opposition to the tax.

Sonia Sanchez, Brooksville


Monday’s letters: Call it by its name: terrorism

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Call it whatit is: terrorismLet’s just call it what it is. It’s terrorism. No school in the country is immune. They all have procedures for sheltering in place or emergency evacuation from a shooter. It’s prudent to be pr...
Published: 02/16/18

Saturday’s letters: Payoff to porn star not front-page news?

Lawyer: I personally paid porn star | Feb. 14Where we’re at: This is 4A newsOnly under the Trump presidency does a story about the president’s lawyer paying off a porn star to cover up an affair with the president show up on page 4A. Never mind t...
Published: 02/16/18

Friday’s letters: Water quality too important to gamble on

State to update water rules | Feb. 10Don’t gamble with water safetyI wondered whether this front-page article was an early April Fool’s joke. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection "updated" its pollution regulations in 2016, with str...
Published: 02/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Monday’s letters: Gun safety is a proper public health issue

The question Trump failedto answer | Feb. 8, Leonard Pitts columnGun safety isa public health issuePublic health agencies address events that might harm people. Public health doctors, like myself, develop rules to protect individuals for the comm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18