Sunday, February 18, 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

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


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

Thursday’s letters: Bill protects pharmacy customers

House Bill 351Bill protects pharmacy customersWe all need the protections provided in Florida House Bill 351 to ensure pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are transparently operating with patients. Currently, PBMs are not regulated by the state and o...
Published: 02/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: The ocean is no place for amateurs

Youthful dream sinks in two days | Feb. 12Ocean is no place for amateursFirst of all, let me say I am sorry this couple lost their boat and I do applaud their adventurous spirit. However, I have spent over 20 years at sea and would like to commen...
Published: 02/13/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Feb. 16

A vote against Pasco’s jail bond issueThere are two stories on the front page of the Feb. 9 Pasco Times that drew my attention.The top headline reports that the Pasco County commissioners are discussing submitting a $185 million bond issue to the vot...
Published: 02/13/18

Tuesday’s letters: Challenges in Hillsborough foster care

Foster failures under scrutiny | Feb. 10Challenges in foster care systemNo young person deserves to be treated as shown in the Ch. 8 segment on Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., an Eckerd Connects subcontractor. It is difficult to fathom how th...
Published: 02/12/18

Saturday’s letters: We’re all just trying to get home, one zip tie at a time

I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties | Feb. 3, Ruth Mayer columnWe’re all just trying to get homeLike columnist Ruth Mayer, I too am trying to find my level ground, my level-set. I too have held a tremendously deep resentm...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Sunday’s letters: Let’s make America good again

Everyone loves a parade | Feb. 9, editorialI’ll sit on the sidelinesAs a 30-year veteran I was appalled at the president’s plan for a military parade. Having marched in numerous parades in my career I can say without hesitation that members of th...
Published: 02/07/18
Updated: 02/09/18