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Pasco County letters to the editor for Sept. 13

Published Sep. 9

Solar co-op heading to Pasco

The League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County is encouraging residents of Pasco County to Go Solar in 2019. Our League’s Pasco Unit is co-sponsoring the 50th Solar Co-op in Florida, which recently formed in Pasco County. This project aligns with our League’s continued support for increased use of clean, renewable energy sources, such as solar.

We support solar because it makes a great deal of sense, both environmentally and economically. It is a renewable energy source and harnessing it does not damage the environment. Going solar benefits the planet, lessening our carbon footprint and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Economically, a solar system is a positive investment, offering an excellent return on investment, a boost in property values and a reduction in our dependence on the power company and its price increases. New technologies are making solar more affordable and easier to use than ever, and this year, Florida residents are eligible for up to a 30-percent Federal Investment Tax Credit on their solar purchase. This credit begins shrinking next year, so it’s a great time to make the switch to solar in 2019.

Go to for more details on the Pasco Co-Op.

Dr. Idelia Phillips, president, League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County


  1. Cotee River Elementary student Darrell Jones waves his American flag during the school's Veterans Day program.
    The School Board is scheduled to vote on the calendar next week.
  2. The Pasco County school district is considering an increase in substitute teacher pay to combat its low fill rate for the jobs.
    District officials say more competitive wages could help fill vacancies, which have been rising.
  3. JoAnne Glenn is cheered by her staff as deputy superintendent Ray Gadd and other district officials surprise her with the announcement that she is Pasco County's 2020 Principal of the Year. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    JoAnne Glenn next will be entered for the statewide honor.
  4. Port Richey City Hall [Times (2018)]
    The city will again submit a plan to the Pasco County Commission for federal funding to pay for its plan.
  5. Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning briefly blocked a critic from his social media accounts. He has since restored access to the person but says he would rather they have a conversation, “like two grown adults.” [Times (2016)]
    Kurt Browning restored his online nemesis as a Twitter follower and Facebook friend after staffers told him that blocking people was a no-no.
  6. Pasco Commissioner Mike Moore is questioning why the county helps fund the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
    County Commissioner Mike Moore wonders what Pasco gets for its regional planning council dues. | C.T. Bowen
  7. Spectators peruse Beetles and buses at the 31st-annual Florida Bug Jam, held Nov. 9-10 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. Michele Miller
  8. Lithia Motors Inc. has acquired three dealerships from the Williams Automotive Group including Wesley Chapel Toyota near the Interstate 75 and State Road 54 interchange in Wesley Chapel. [Times (2007]
    Wesley Chapel Toyota, Wesley Chapel Honda and Tampa Honda dealerships change hands
  9. Left: A burned Ford Taurus, found near Key Vista Nature Park, pictured in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's forensics building. Right: 21-year-old Michael Psilakis, of Hudson, is accused of killing the unidentified man whose body was found in the car. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    Michael Psilakis, of Hudson, faces first-degree murder and other charges. The victim has not been identified.
  10. Odessa Elementary School in Pasco County has grown to 1,126 students in fall 2020. Pasco County school district
    At 1,126 students, Odessa is larger than 10 of the district’s 16 middle schools, too.