Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Vote to honor Pasco County's military veterans

Honor veterans by casting vote

Pasco County has a great legacy of military service and is home to many veterans spanning from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. Our county's veteran community includes a Medal of Honor recipient, a Silver Star recipient, and multiple Bronze Star recipients who have distinguished themselves in combat operations. Americans are always looking for new ways to thank the brave men and women like our veterans, my answer:


There is no greater way to honor the sacrifices of our veteran community than by casting your ballot in each election; whether it is local races, primaries or national elections, your vote matters. In other countries, where today's newest generation of veterans is currently serving, we watch voters dodge attacks by gunmen, IEDs and mortars to cast their ballot.

I am teaming with the Supervisor of Elections Office in an important program to vote in honor of a veteran. You can find out more about volunteering or requesting a veteran to share their story with your class or civic organization by visiting the Supervisor of Elections website at www.PascoVotes.com

Capt. Erik J. Anthes, Spring Hill

Gunshots evoke sense of disquiet

I was amazed to learn that shooting a gun on your own property is allowed as long as the shots are fired within your property limits and not across roads. How many stories have we read in the paper about children and people being killed by "stray" shots?

So, I have no protection under the law. There is something wrong here. I was out in the yard with my pets and shots rang out at 30-second intervals and then repeated. I ran inside, but it's okay.

The sheriff's deputy did not knock on any doors, only did a visual inspection. I am curious. How do they know someone is not seriously injured in one of the homes?

I do not feel so secure anymore. Obviously, no one has my back and I could be shot in my own yard for no reason. I an very disappointed.

Donna Dansby, Wesley Chapel

School staged political event

Once again the GOP has gone over the top in violating rules to further their campaign. They complained about one volunteer from the Organizing for America campaign going into a high school by invitation. It was a mistake on the part of the teacher, the principal and the volunteer to mention any candidate.

Now, we have the Republican Party of Pasco at an actual campaign event for Mitt Romney at Land O'Lakes High School. A high school band performed and there was transportation for that band with school buses driven by school district employees. This was total involvement of the school and school district in a totally partisan event.

This is a flagrant and purposeful violation of the rules concerning political events and school board involvement. This was not a mistake or bad decision on the parts of one or more persons, this was a planned flagrant defiance of policy carried out by this Republican-led school board.

The Republican Party of today and especially the Republican Party of Pasco County have no respect for honesty. Please don't bother responding that the little event in Gulf High School with one volunteer justifies this total disregard for rules. It absolutely does not.

Patricia Houghtalen, New Port Richey

Pasco GOP put in a predicament

If this situation at Gulf High had been directed to school superintendent Heather Fiorentino and likely superintendent-elect Kurt Browning, we would have had a much better resolution.

The present predicament that state committeeman Bill Bunting and vice chairman James Mathieu led the Pasco GOP into never should have happened. It wasn't necessary to contact the media and Fox News. These were their first steps instead of relying on local officials and the attorney general if necessary. Their haste to get the news out seems to have backfired.

The Pasco GOP has one goal at this point and that is to get Republicans elected. They should concentrate on the candidates' campaigns. Our first priority is to get the Republicans on to victory in Pasco.

George Skinner, Hudson


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 ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18