Monday, June 18, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Services vital to Hernando quality of life

County drive to grow skips the quality of life Jan. 16 C.T. Bowen column

Less government is not the answer

I think quality of life is important.

I am a disabled advocate for THE Bus and there are many like me who think less government is not the answer. It never is. I go to every County Commission meeting and I hear the same thing: We need less government.

We need to raise taxes; it's called the cost of living. The tea partiers need to get over it. Less government will not work it and it won't help quality of life.

Who's going to want to come and live in this county with no services? No parks, no libraries, no bus. That's just not right.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

Bad call on name of county airport

Even though our county fathers wanted to give our local airport a name that would "put it on the map" to draw business, I think that they made a poor choice by renaming it Brooksville Tampa Airport after being warned by the officials of Tampa International Airport that they would sue if they proceeded.

Now Tampa has given the law firm that copyrighted that name $400,000 to sue Hernando County.

What is this going to cost the taxpayers to defend? Money we don't have.

Steve Lee, Spring Hill

Grateful for Obama, Lincoln

Considering that both the re-enactment of the Brooksville Raid and the Guns Across America Rally both were to be held in Brooksville this weekend, I am very glad we have Obama for president and that Lincoln lived long enough to help pass the 13th amendment before he was murdered with a gun in a theater.

I hope everyone read Dan DeWitt's wonderful Jan. 11 column.

Doris Taylor, Brooksville

Nugent's 'no' vote a troubling sign

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill authorizing $50.1 billion for Hurricane Sandy relief to assist millions of Northeasterners in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey with the devastation they suffered.

Many of us who have family members in these states suffered with them while they were homeless. Only three Republicans from Florida voted for this bill. U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent voted "no" on extending aid to victims of this storm. Yet he also voted against raising taxes on the rich and continues to support the attack entitlements for the elderly and the sick and disabled.

Rep. Nugent has now demonstrated that he no longer possesses common sense or any sense of compassion for his fellow man in need. He no longer represents the hard-working common man in his district. His political ambitions outweigh his ability to be a leader of the constituents he is suppose to represent.

It doesn't matter where Hurricane Sandy hit. Voting no is an inhumane act against his fellow man. It is apparent that Rep. Nugent does not possess the independence to make his own judgments.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr.,

Spring Hill


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 ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18