Sunday, February 25, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Trash collector should respect recycling

Collector should respect recycling

Our garbage hauler has the nerve to call itselfs Choice Environmental. On March 16, April 6, and April 20, we observed our efforts to recycle destroyed as our blue bags were thrown in with the regular garbage.

A call to Pasco County recycling was an eye opener. We were told that nothing could be done. Choice Environmental can and does ignore its obligation to pick up and deliver blue recycling bags to their proper destination.

Have we as citizens been led to believe that our contract with Choice Environmental included recycling in name only? It is hard to accept that we are powerless in our efforts to enforce recycling in Pasco County.

Christine J. Cole, Dade City

Jobs program remains a success

I returned to New Port Richey after two years to support the Connections Job Development Program annual fundraiser held April 21 at Quality Inn. I am grateful for the support of so many in the community that helped to make the event successful.

I founded Connections over 20 years ago to help unemployed citizens in their search for meaningful employment. The program offers one-on-one job counseling to clients plus other job related services, at no charge, and is a popular nonprofit organization in the community.

Sheila Krautner, the current director of Connections, has guided the job program through some turbulent economic times that resulted from losing a major source of state funding several months ago. Through Sheila's management, counseling skills and her deep faith and belief in the program, those who need and use Connections services will not be let down. My sincere thanks to Sheila, the board members and staff for their ongoing commitment to the mission of the Connections program.

Joan Foley, Philadelphia


Sunday’s letters: Slogans won’t ensure safety

LegislatureSafety requires more than slogansOn Wednesday, our Florida House passed House Bill 839 requiring all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place." The day before, the same Florida House declined to ev...
Published: 02/24/18

Saturday’s letters: Preserve home rule in Florida

LegislaturePreserve home rule in FloridaOn behalf of the members of Business Watch, a trade association for government contractors, I would like to voice our dismay over the Legislature’s wholesale attack on home rule. As local government contractors...
Published: 02/23/18

Thursday’s letters: Second Amendment is outdated

Second AmendmentCongress can act on firearmsThe Second Amendment is outdated, since it is predicated on the need for a "well regulated militia." Militias are defined as civilian soldiers trained under the command of competent military leadership. The...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/22/18

Wednesday’s letters:

House Bill 21Opioid proposal merits supportIn 2016, Florida recorded 952 heroin-related and 1,390 fentanyl-related deaths. Four in five new heroin users began by misusing prescription pain medications, also known as opioids. Despite the widespread op...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Letter to the Editor for Feb. 23

Re: Hernando business leaders push to loosen development rules | Feb. 9; Re: Deny Brooksville mine expansion, planning commissioners say | Feb. 16Wish to register my opposition to both the draft of the new Hernando County Comprehensive Plan that elim...
Published: 02/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Published: 02/19/18

Sunday’s letters: Congress must act on firearms

Deadly toll: 17 | Feb. 15Congress must act on firearmsIt’s time for Congress to be counted.The failure of Congress to act to: (1) limit access to assault rifles and (2) require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases is appalling.Surel...
Published: 02/17/18

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