Saturday, June 23, 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: College instructors need classes in active shooter training

Active shooter perceptions disproven | June 21We need active shooter trainingThe only guns that I had seen before coming to the United States of America were in glass cases in museums. When I came to America to get a Ph.D. in English at the Unive...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Friday’s letters: What a new Rays ballpark would mean

Rays exec hints at stadium timeline | June 15What a new ballpark would doThe Tampa Bay Rays 2020 organization is working diligently with local business leaders and civic organizations to rally support for the Rays’ new ballpark in Ybor City. The ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Thursday’s letters: On immigration there has to be a better way

‘Zero tolerance’ ignites outrage | June 20Find better way on immigrationOver the years I’ve voted for candidates from both parties. My observation of the Trump administration’s policy on immigration is not about politics. It has to do with having...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18