Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Where is concern for abuse victims?

We must confront domestic abuse

I am so disgusted and frustrated after reading the article about Commissioner Ted Schrader.

I have worked for nearly 30 years to bring a stop to domestic violence in our community and am appalled at the attitude of people who say this is a "private matter." Keeping it in the dark is what perpetuates domestic violence. That is why we at Sunrise have spent all these years talking about domestic violence, the red flags, and safety planning for victims. — to bring it into the light.

I read about how "shocked" people are about Mr. Schrader's arrest, but not a word of concern do I hear for the victim who showed signs of abuse. How many times have we seen articles in the news about the victims who didn't or couldn't reach out for help and were killed? Oh, yes, then there is outrage and concern for the victim. Thankfully, that did not happen, this time.

Frankly, I don't care about an abuser's pedigree. I care about the victims and so should all of us.

Penny Morrill, CEO Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, Dade City

Here's proof of human kindness

How many times have you placed an item on the roof of your car only to drive off with said item still on roof? That's exactly what happened to me recently and, of all things, it was my wallet. I wondered what that faint thud was as I turned past Wells Fargo bank.

The same morning I received a call from Edward L. of Veteran's Village saying he'd found my wallet lying on the ground on Little Road. Not only did Ed drive some distance to return my wallet (credit cards, license, etc., still inside) but he refused any reward; pointing upwards to where our true reward comes from.

Too many times we're left desperately disappointed by the world around us. In this small corner of the world, Edward L. proved that human kindness is alive and well. Thanks.

Chris Kirk, New Port Richey


Tuesday’s letters: Making politics personal is one way toward reasonable gun control

The Parkland shootingMake gun politics personalAs an educator of 32 years, it encourages me to see our young people engaged after the horror at Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy at Parkland has awakened the sleeping giant that is the millenni...
Updated: 12 hours ago

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