• Elected office makes you wealthy

    The Sept. 29 Chronicle article by The News Service of Florida, “Lawmakers continue to get wealthier” was quite enlightening on how state lawmakers who are “paid roughly $30,000 a year plus expenses, the net worth averages, according to self-reported numbers, grew by $212,650 in the Senate from 2013 to 2014 and by $56,260 in the House during the same period” and that “over the past four years, the averages are up nearly $750,000 in the Senate and just over $366,000 in the House.”

  • Humans, not manatees, pollute

    In a recent letter on Sept. 26, “Manatees main cause of pollution,” the author described Homosassa waters in 1967 as pure with natural grasses existing everywhere. For years, people living on that same river set up their homes on septic tanks. Somehow the river became compromised. The writer of the letter blames the manatees.

  • Suncoast USN Armed Guard sailors disband

    On Sept. 12, the regular monthly meeting of the Suncoast U.S. Navy Armed Guard was held at Kally K’s restaurant in Spring Hill. The luncheon was held to say goodbye to our friend and leader for many years, Bob Bouschor, who passed away suddenly on Sept. 10. Also to decide what to do about keeping our small group of Armed Guard sailors together.

  • Duty to public trumps beliefs

    It seems commonplace to read and hear about the legality of gay marriage. At Ashland, Ky., a woman, Kim Davis, chose to sit in jail when ordered to fulfill her county clerk duties and follow federal court rulings which includes issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

  • An open letter to Jimmie T. Smith

    Dear Sir: I enjoyed your commentary on why guns are needed in schools. I wondered if you ever thought of the anger issues people seem to have these days. The mental illness that might be brewing inside someone. 

  • In proper hands, guns protect us

    Re: Letter to the Editor “Misinterpreting our second Amendment,” A8, Sept. 26.

    This letter represents an attack on the right of all Americans to protect and defend themselves, and remain safe and free.

  • The enemy from within

    If your eyes are on Isis, China, Russia, Iran or North Korea, you had better change your gaze to within the United States. The Washington politicians are refusing to protect us while they try to disarm us. Let’s look at stats and some facts.

    Court ordered releases to reduce prison overcrowding have resulted in hundreds of thousands of prisoners being released in California alone, some of which were serving life terms.

  • Send Mr. Smith back to Washington

    America, from Citrus County to Washington, D.C., is crying for change. It seems as though all systems have failed for the same reason: lack of education on the fundamentals of government and leadership. Once, we rose up to challenges and solved issues for the good of the nation and the people, not the whims of those holding puppet strings of our leaders. 

  • School taxes should stay available for public schools

    Citrus County Chronicle Page A2 Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, needs to be read by every taxpayer in the state of Florida. One of our fine representatives in Tallahassee who may become house speaker in 2016 has proposed that any child who wants to go to a religious or private school should have their tuition paid for by Florida taxpayers.

  • Water rate proposal hardly fair for Sugarmill Woods

    While I was trying to get informed on the proposed water rates increase, today I received notice that a 3-year phase in has been approved.

    I am a recent transplant to Florida and Sugarmill Woods and have been very pleased with my relocation. I appreciate the pace, the scenery and the difference in my cost of living. My husband and I spent some time looking at our balance sheet prior to retiring and relocating and we have endeavored to be frugal while waiting to see the bottom line of the budget we envisioned.