Sunday, December 17, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Victim's decision is tribute to his values

Young gun owner acted intelligently

With recent tragic events in Connecticut, there are long discussions and much debate focused on gun purchases, gun permits and the qualifications of gun owners in Florida.

The young man at Walmart in Lutz was attacked by a man who is obviously a few bricks short of a load and wasn't allowed to have a real gun. The victim handled the situation intelligently and thought before he pulled his gun. He was able to recognize that the kid had a pellet gun, not a real gun.

The remarks he made afterward belie his age and are a tribute to his upbringing and his core values. He did it the right way.

Sammie Taylor, New Port Richey

Gunshow loophole

State, not county, regulates guns

In 2011, the state of Florida passed a law reserving all firearms legislation to itself.

"Except as expressly provided by the state Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void."

This includes county options on waiting times. Commissioners Ted Schraeder and Pat Muleiri may want to act in this area, and may even be encouraged by the county attorney. The law however, provides no relief to those who act on the advice of counsel. A $5,000 fine is imposed on violators.

I would also remind county commissioners that they are elected officials. The county attorney does not have to face the people. Any commissioner who supports firearms legislation in violation of state law could find themselves unemployed come next election.

Andrew Nappi, Hudson

3 schools draw scrutiny Jan. 6, article

Public wants school solution

So many people were happy and relieved to hear that superintendent Kurt Browning will be looking into the problems at three Pasco County schools, Connerton Elementary being one of them.

The people of this community have signed petitions, attended and spoken at School Board meetings, held a show of support and continue to be involved in the most positive way possible. It is our community, and we are respectfully taking every avenue available to right what we feel is wrong.

I wonder how this community feels about the writer of this article calling our hard work "griping." I'll guess that's not what the staff writer would call it if he were in our shoes?

Peggy Lopez, Land O'Lakes

Health violations found at 3 local restaurants | Jan. 3, article

Towne House is a fine restaurant

Your readers may have gotten the wrong impression of Towne House Restaurant after the article about its issues with the health inspections.

My family and I have been customers of Towne House ever since we first came to Pasco County in 1992. The Trapeo family has always been committed to providing quality food and a clean environment for their customers.

Laurel A. Palumbo, Hudson

Ban fireworks in residential areas

I think it is time to stop allowing fireworks in residential areas. What is the fun of lighting a little wrapped package of gun powder and having it go "boom'' and then doing it over and over again?

On New Year's Eve, my neighborhood was loaded with loud bangs and booms! It keeps the elderly awake, and scares the pets. Our cat was terrified all evening. I went out and the air was heavy with the smell of gun powder. It was disgusting.

Why can't a isolated park or area away from homes be provided for these adults (still acting like children) to go and shoot off their fireworks until they are satisfied, and not be a bother to others? It seems they only think of themselves, because the next day I found debris in my yard and on my pool screen. Really, we should put a stop to this in residential areas.

George Grodesky, Port Richey

Comments

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Sunday’s letters: Rule of law at stake in Mueller inquiry

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Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Saturday’s letters: Project silent on rising sea levels

Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/15/17

Friday’s letters: Put yourself in a business owner’s shoes

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Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Thursday’s letters: Trump’s values hardly admirable

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Published: 12/13/17

Wednesday’s letters: Proposal would restore Florida Forever funding

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Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Tuesday’s letters: Writer should look to his own mistakes

Is anyone ever wrong anymore? | Dec. 8Writer should look to own errorsIn Mitch Daniels’ article about people who have been wrong, he finishes with the statement that our lives would be greatly improved with more people saying, "I was wrong."He mi...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t drill in Arctic refuge

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Published: 12/08/17

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill puts U.S. on right course

The GOP’s regressive tax plans | Dec. 5, editorialTax bill puts U.S. on right courseThe Times is already crying wolf over the new tax cuts, claiming that the new laws "could" result an increase in the national debt of $1.5 trillion over the next ...
Published: 12/07/17

Pasco letters to the editor for Dec. 15

Re: Helping Others Fulfills our purpose here on Earth | Nov. 17 guest columnThe good doctor acknowledges a CreatorThank you for publishing Dr. Rao Musunuru’s guest column. As Congressman Gus Bilirakis said in the Congressional Record, this good d...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17