Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Share road safely with motorcyclists

Share road safely with motorcycles

I ride a motorcycle and am very careful when riding, but I can tell you that it infuriates me to see so many people (not just teenagers) texting instead of paying attention. Or, they weave in and out of traffic or speed just to cut in front of you.

I have lost five friends over the past six months to motorcycle accidents because someone wasn't looking and paying attention. If you are going to drive a car, leave your cellphone alone, pay attention to the traffic and stop speeding. Don't drive or ride while impaired and pay attention to the road. No texting, putting on make-up, reading for work, etc. And, stop speeding. The store will not run out of the item, and if they do, get a rain check.

Watch where you are going. We can all share the road safely.

Terri Kirchner, Hudson

Donate money instead of goods

Tons of relief items donated by well-meaning citizens are headed for the hurricane-stricken region in the Northeast. But, if past storm efforts hold true, much of the donated goods will end up rotting.

Warehouse space is at a premium because many buildings sustained heavy damage. Power remains out in numerous communities. Transportation is poor at best making distribution of goods very difficult. When things return to normal, tons of donated goods will end up in landfills.

This is why relief agencies prefer you donate money and let them distribute it to the storm victims to buy what they need. It may make you feel good to send clothing and other items to the stricken but it does them no good if they can't be distributed and end up being hauled to the dump.

John Ennis, Hudson


Wednesday’s letters: How we plan to improve foster care in Hillsborough

Improving foster care inHillsborough | April 19, editorialOur plans for helping kidsThis editorial poses many good questions. The Department of Children and Families’ peer review report is expected to be released soon. And while we welcome the an...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18