Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Thursday's letters: Pulling together at the shelters


Hurricane Irma

School employees pulled together

We have lived in New Port Richey for 29 years and have never had to evacuate. This time, not knowing how bad the hurricane would be, we chose to evacuate to Longleaf Elementary. While staying at a shelter is not a fun experience, the people there were amazing. A super job was done by all the school employees (Longleaf's and district personnel), the Sheriff's Department and the National Guard. Everyone was so professional and friendly and tried to make it as comfortable as possible. I am very proud to be a school employee and it was great to see people pull together in a difficult situation.

Thanks to all who took care of the hundreds of people at Longleaf; you did a great job!

Paula Cohen, New Port Richey

Hurricane Irma

Good work in shelters

Congratulations on the efforts of our school administrators, teachers, support personnel and volunteers who put aside their personal concerns while manning the hurricane shelters in our schools. Perhaps one of the outcomes of Irma will be for our legislators to realize the value of our public schools and to distribute funding between public and charter schools with this in mind.

Jim Podd, Valrico

Utility did the job

I wanted to let Tampa Electric know how appreciative I am of their service Monday morning. My power was out for only about three hours, and then an automated call came in to make sure my power was back on. Amazing work on restoring the power under very trying conditions.

Ralph McGee, Tampa

Negative into a positive

My husband and I made the decision on Saturday to evacuate our home because of possible flooding. Since we needed to take our cat, we went to the shelter at Fivay High School in Hudson.

This emergency was turned into a positive experience for us. Since this was our first evacuation, we did not know what to expect. We took what we thought was needed, per the Pasco website, along with some food. Accommodations were in the gym. Our cat was in the girls' locker room, which was comfortable, and we could visit all day until 10 p.m.

From the time we checked in to the time we checked out on Tuesday morning, all personnel — from the Sheriff's Department, the National Guard and the volunteers — were at their best. We did not know that meals would be provided by Publix (a big thank-you to them). Every person I came into contact with was pleasant and patient. If anything was needed, you just needed to ask a volunteer, deputy or guardsman and it was handled.

If another emergency situation arises in the future, we would not hesitate to leave our home for this shelter. Job well done!

Diane and Blase Manzo, Port Richey

Focus on the real problem

Gov. Rick Scott handled Hurricane Irma like a true leader. He calmly yet firmly urged residents to evacuate, and warmly reminded them that he would help replace their belongings but couldn't replace their lives.

Unfortunately, Scott, along with President Donald Trump and a other climate change deniers, avoid any acknowledgement or mention of the real problem — climate change. Specifically, the increasing ocean temperature is providing the fuel for unprecedented storms and other volatile weather events.

Believe what you want, but know that Mother Nature will have the last word.

Kimberly Gibbs, Dade City

Hurricane preparation

For next time, tips on pets

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are devastating reminders that disaster preparedness saves lives. American Humane is urging pet owners to take two simple yet essential steps to ensure you and your animal companions are ready before the next catastrophe strikes.

First, don't forget the basics: Pets should always wear collars and ID tags with their name, a cellphone number and any urgent medical needs. For added assurance, American Humane also recommends microchipping your pet. Remember, microchips aren't GPS devices or location trackers; the devices simply store emergency contact information, which animal owners are responsible for providing and keeping up to date.

Second, American Humane recommends developing a pet-specific disaster plan and evacuation kit, including: an extensive list of safe places that could house your pets during an emergency; a comfortable pet carrier or crate; a favorite toy or comfort item; one-week supplies of water, nonperishable pet food and medications; copies of veterinary records and vaccination history; and recent photos of you holding your pet, which can be used to help verify ownership in case of separation.

To protect your pets, be prepared.

Dr. Robin Ganzert, Washington, D.C.

The writer is president and CEO of American Humane.

No human being is illegal | Sept. 10, letter

Bright line: legal or not

I'll try and simplify it once and for all for all those bleeding heart liberals out there. If you're not in this country legally, then you must be in this country illegally. It's either; it can't be both. If you don't like using that term then change it to something else or better yet change the law. In the meantime, it is what it is.

John Waitman, Palm Harbor


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: 11/21/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

National Adoption MonthThe difference generosity makesAs a football coach, I always had to be ready to overcome unexpected challenges. With injuries, crowd noise and especially weather, the game plan is always adjusting to overcome adversity.Our stat...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

Woman: Candidate pursued her as a teen | Nov. 10Moore is not fit for public officeIt is sad that Roy Moore, a self-professed religious man, is running for a Senate seat when he is clearly unfit for any job involving the public for so many reasons...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17