Thursday, November 23, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Writer's perspective on taxes is refreshing


Re: Florida needs uniform tax on business | May 20 guest column

His perspective
is refreshing

Is there any way we can persuade C.D. Chamberlain to run for governor of Florida, or county administrator, or anything in between?

What a refreshing outlook on Florida taxes, business welfare and the insider deals made with taxpayer money! Kudos, Mr. C.

Lawrence Noyes, Spring Hill

Re: Deputies make tough chase calls | May 16 letter

Put the safety
of the public first

As a resident of Hernando County, I support the Sheriff's Office and its traffic enforcement duties. But I think that James Skinner missed the "big picture" when it comes to traffic enforcement vs. public safety.

Suppose the deputy did chase that motorcycle. Do you think that by initiating a pursuit and making the driver of the motorcycle drive beyond his abilities at high speeds is in the public interest? I disagree, as would most law enforcement agencies. You've now turned a traffic infraction into a high-speed chase that could kill your family, or mine.

Recent case law pertaining to vehicle pursuits restricts the agency to violent offenders or auto burglary offenses. If you were to ask me if our deputies would like to pursue those traffic offenders that fall outside their guidelines, I suspect it would be an overwhelming "yes.'' But the reality of current-day events and litigation prevents them.

Lori A. Lee, Brooksville

Re: Time for some tough love, America | May 13 guest column

Real leaders will emerge in a crisis

As a rule of thumb Americans never act until there is a crisis. The floor beneath their feet has to be on fire before they'll take a step.

The reason for this isn't lethargy or indolence or procrastination, or even indifference; the problem is a sense of futility and exasperation with their fellow citizens. The average American can't be less interested in a crusade while there is still time to make a dime or steal one from the public treasury.

In the American mind, a crusader is a skinny man with a pencil neck and no chin, and the shrill matron who made elementary school difficult. The American knows these summer soldiers and sunshine patriots will abandon them when the crisis comes. Crusaders inevitably become rear echelon coat-holders when the fighting starts.

The crisis must come, and the crisis brings with it a battalion of natural leaders. This is where we are.

James B. Johnson, Port Richey


Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

Hillsborough teachers are set to protest | Nov. 14Stop laying blame on teachersI am a veteran teacher, coming up on 30 years of service to public education. My mother was also an educator, clocking over 40 years of service in public education. Sh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

Questioning fees draws snarky responseYou are probably aware of the new Pasco utility fees that became effective last month.Under the dubious title of "convenience fee" for making utility payments by credit card or e-check, Pasco Utilities adds $2.75...
Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

As a member of the Moton High School Class of 1967, I grew up a poor but very happy child because of the love given to me by all. So all I had to do was be a child and not rush to be an adult.There were many black businesses along a four-block area o...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/22/17