Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 20 minutes ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18