Saturday, March 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Treat, don't scorn, those battling addiction

Don't scorn those battling addiction

I am writing this in defense of Operation PAR on Washington Street, Port Richey. Apparently neighbors around the clinic are concerned about the traffic in and out of the clinic and parking in right of way areas along Washington Street as well as U-turns being made in private driveways.

I totally agree there are parking issues with the sudden influx of clients seeking help with a disease called addiction. Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have made it a point to shut down pill mills. Unfortunately, they have not looked into what happens to the patients of these pill mills. People suffering from addictions need a place to go and most cannot afford fancy in-patient rehab clinics, so they turn to Operation PAR.

Port Richey City Council member Nancy Britton was quoted as saying "Operation Par seemed to have outgrown the space, which is both sad but true." She also stated that it is horrific that it is there and makes it even worse that we are dealing with these issues. She also said Port Richey Police have been asked to write citations to anyone violating any parking ordinances.

I understand there are a small percentage of people that stereotype those who using a methadone clinic, but an elected official is way out of line.

Clients at the Port Richey facility include citizens of Port Richey, yet their own city government along with the city police department are allowed to be prejudicial against them.

There is a empty parking lot, already paved, right next door to Operation PAR; I don't know who owns it. I have asked Council member Britton to brainstorm and maybe come up with a solution of perhaps using this lot for parking overflow during peak times.

I do hope one day people with addictions will be looked at as citizens and not as a plague.

Joseph Everhart, Port Richey

Kudos to election staff, volunteers

With the dust settled on the recent election, I wanted to thank my staff for again going above and beyond in raising the bar of election administration excellence just a little higher. After many months of very long work days and being away from family and friends, they never wavered in their commitment to serve the voters of Pasco County. They epitomize professionalism.

Also, a huge thanks to an amazing group of volunteers known as poll workers. These individuals are men, women, Democrats, Republicans and independents who come together for love of county and democracy to serve voters throughout early voting and on Election Day.

It is because of their training, hard work and dedication that Pasco County had a smooth election day. My staff and poll workers are the ones who make it all come together for elections, which are the underpinnings of our representative democracy.

Brian Corley, Pasco supervisor of elections, Dade City

Philanthropist award humbling

My heartfelt thanks to Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nature Coast Chapter and Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for honoring me with the 2012 philanthropist of the year award.

My wife of 37 years and I have called Pasco home for a little more than 31 years and we raised our son here. We have acquired an extensive extended family and friends. We are very grateful and gratified.

It has been our privilege to serve our community in every possible way.

Dr. Rao Musunuru, Bayonet Point


Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18
Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Tuesday’s letters: Billionaire’s personal agenda

Billionaire targeting young voters | March 7Using youths in personal agendaIs anyone surprised that Tom Steyer is using his extreme wealth to support his personal agenda and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party? His real motive, hidden in h...
Published: 03/12/18
Updated: 03/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 columnOur community, Briar Patch, in New Port Richey has really gotten on board with the recycling program. Many homeowners diligently separate garbage from recycling material and place it curbside f...
Published: 03/12/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun limits, maybe; confiscation, never

Gun controlLimits, possibly; seizures, neverThe antigun left-leaning media constantly refers to the "gun lobby" and the National Rifle Association when trying to ban and even take guns away from legitimate owners. They blame organizations for the act...
Published: 03/07/18

Wednesday’s letters:

February Letter of the MonthThe winning letter addressed the school shooting in Parkland.My generation is fearful, angryI’m a high school senior. I, and people like me, have grown up in a culture of fear — fear of getting shot in our schools, where w...
Published: 03/06/18