Tobacco tax hike hits working poor | April 27 letter
Avoid the tax — quit smoking
I am appalled the author would actually admit to sacrificing the basic needs of children. The letter writer said due to the tax increase children would have to go without clothes, shoes, food etc. Is she willing to have these basic needs not met so she can indulge in the disgusting, harmful habit of cigarette smoking? How incredibly sad.
For the writer to imply that doughnuts are more of a health hazard than tobacco is equally absurd. I would take a doughnut any day over poison.
Deal with the tax increase. Or, here's an idea, quit smoking. Then she wouldn't have to be concerned with the increase, neglecting children or more importantly, her health.
Thousands of people every day make the choice to quit and lead healthier lives. With all the money she can save, she can donate it to the cancer society and really make a difference.
She should put her effort into this instead of blowing smoke over the suggested tax increase.
K. Brady, New Port Richey
Spending locally is the real stimulus | guest column May 1
Online shopping a better deal
Guest columnist Charley Reese can't be more wrong.
When I shop in west Pasco I'm guaranteed three things: The selection of goods is significantly less than I get online, the prices are significantly higher than online, and I have to deal with incompetent staff with bad attitudes.
Local business has no legal or moral entitlement to my money, and I'm not obligated to suffer abuse and neglect by them, and pay a premium for it.
James B. Johnson, Port Richey
Council's scare tactics unneeded
Honesty is the best policy. The city of New Port Richey sent out a lot of letters to residents stating they were going to charge each homeowner more than $2,500 to have streets repaved.
A meeting at the Recreation Center was held so citizens could register their complaints about the bad timing of the project and the cost, which in this time of economic stress, was a bad idea.
After the meeting, the Council made a decision without hesitation. Council member Bob Consalvo made a motion for the city to accept 65 percent of the bill and the residents would absorb 35 percent of the cost. It was passed.
Our city leaders knew in advance they were going to do what they did. The precedent was already established at this percentage rate. So, why did our leaders send out those letters and scare residents? Why did they not state in the letter that the city would pick up 65 percent and the individual portion would be 35 percent?
Scare tactics. What happened to all the CRA money? The C means community.
Justin Billings, New Port Richey
Smoking a shame at fundraiser
I was surprised and upset April 18 when I attended a fundraiser luncheon and fashion show to raise money to fight breast cancer.
I found it totally inappropriate that many of the attendees sat there smoking. I can't imagine how anyone today would think it was appropriate to sit and smoke through a cancer fundraiser.
I guess common sense is just not very common.
Marielle Livingston, New Port Richey
New construction doesn't save water
When I moved to Florida in 1985 I was told there was a severe water shortage in this state.
In the meantime, I have seen us building new apartment houses, shopping centers, malls, etc. Who is responsible for these permits?
This certainly is not helping the situation.
Liselott McCartney, Port Richey