Schools can't take any more hits | Jan. 20 letter
Increasing taxes might be needed
When I opened the paper and saw the letters to the editor I had to double check that I had the Pasco Times not the New York Times
Imagine someone suggesting a state tax. Wow.
Maybe this letter writer has taken the challenge of our new president seriously and thinks we should all sacrifice a bit. How wonderful it was to think that education is still important to people and that they are thinking of ways to solve our problems and provide the best eduction for our future leaders.
I understand that tax increases are not popular but sometimes they are necessary and our legislators might have to bite the bullet to save our schools.
Kudos to the letter writer for the guts to suggest this unpopular solution. I for one think it's a idea whose time might have come.
Joan Shapiro, Hudson
Leaders' actions harmful to GOP
The recent seating of newly elected Precinct 118 winners for the executive committee of the Pasco GOP was deftly torpedoed by the new chairman Randy (I am my own man) Maggard. Actions speak louder than words.
It appears that winning in the election means nothing when Bill Bunting runs the show and his hand-picked candidates do not win. Don't let anyone kid you as to who runs the party especially when Bunting's pal Jim Greer is in control at the state level.
Maggard used a technicality to disqualify properly elected winners and to deny membership on the executive committee to Bob Ryan, a Republican stalwart for over 40 years. Also denied was Leonie Wycoff a resident of Beacon Woods for over 25 years, and herself a staunch Republican since 1955 when she became an American citizen, who had emigrated from France.
A similar situation has occurred in St. Lucie County where Bryan Longworth and Marilyn Stout were also disqualified on the disputed issue of the hastily enacted loyalty oath issue. A Miami-Dade judge has ruled in favor of denied candidates there and there are others similarly denied throughout the state.
These recent actions by the new leadership of the Pasco GOP and at the state level only prove that unless this tarnished image of the GOP is not corrected with new voices within the party, then Democrats will run rough shod over Republicans in the upcoming elections.
One can raise all kinds of money, smile nice to the ladies, shake hands with their buddies but it all comes down to what is inside the person and what their real motives are, which is power and control at any and all cost.
The GOP needs to wake up before it is too late.
Daniel M. Meahl, Hudson
Tipping pays part of servers' wages | Jan. 21 letter
Servers don't see customers' side
To the wait person who wants us to know what grinds her gears. How can the patron know if a server is educated if they don't even respond with a smile or a question to the patron other than to ask "what are you drinking?"
As far as supporting a server, why should we take on that task when there are other jobs available that might be more lucrative? Why should I pay a server's rent? Nobody pays my mortgage or rent for me. I am retired and nobody tipped me for doing my job.
As far as resenting the fact that seniors only ask for water to drink, many of us are on restricted diets, and/or a fixed income. Also, I have noticed that in some local restaurants servers resent the fact that I don't order an alcoholic beverage. What about people who are on medication or, the most important of all, in 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous.
We tip over the 20 percent, sometimes when the service or food isn't great.
Jackie Bogash, Port Richey
Letter on gun law rife with errors | Jan. 21 letter
Gun law cuts out judge and jury
The letter writer misses the key issue regarding the shoot-first law. This allows the gun owner to act as the jury, judge and law enforcement official in the act of taking another person's life.
What happened to our system of trial by jury when it comes to self-defense? It has worked for a few hundred years. The gun lobby said forget it and decided to empower the gun owner to act as a one-person show which brings up a frightening thought that the person taking a bullet might be innocent.
The letter writer cites incorrect and misleading statistics when he praises Florida's 10-20-life law as a leading cause of a reduction in gun crime. The greatest drop in gun crime in Florida, according to the FDLE, was a few years preceding the 10-20-life law. Gun crime dropped by 5,874 cases between 1996-98. The law became effective July 1, 1999. From 2000 to 2001, gun crime increased by 1,387 cases including homicide with a firearm, armed robbery and forcible sex offenses with a firearm.
I'd rather believe in the tooth fairy that a John Wayne-styled letter writer. One thing seems perfectly clear. The gun lobby has been successful in indoctrinating some of its members while the plight of gun violence victims often takes second place.
Thomas Burke, Clearwater.
Florida residents must fight back
When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough. This increase by Progress Energy is just the latest of a long list of things we've just sat back and taken.
We talk among ourselves, but do nothing. The only way to make change is to stand up in great numbers and say "enough.'' If we all stopped using electricity for a few hours each day, it would make a statement. Change almost always takes place when money is the issue. We don't need electricity when we're not home. If we pulled the main switch for a few hours it would make a statement. Our food would not spoil. Our pipes won't freeze. We can do without for a little each day.
I am tired of being pushed around by big business. I live on a fixed income and cannot afford all these increases. There is power in numbers. Let's do something about it now.
Gordon Voelbel, New Port Richey