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Berry festival was out of season

No blue in blueberry festival. Again, another event coordinated by the New Port Richey Main Street.

Upon strolling in the shop-n-stroll, I heard many people asking vendors, where are the blueberries? The answer: at the other end of town. So, we walked and found a booth, "Brenda Short's Berry Barn'' from Hudson. It had blueberry jam and blueberry juice and a few other canned items. No samples.

Again, no sight of blueberries. Asked the vendors at this booth, who own the blueberry farm, where are the blueberries? Answer: Blueberries are out of season now. Blueberry season is March through May. What month is this? June.

Imagine holding a blueberry festival with no blueberries. Expecting to be at a blueberry festival that had no blueberry pancakes, pies, cakes decorated with blueberries, blueberry muffins etc.

We finally found 6 pints of blueberries at the Market of Main Street. Pint of blueberries at the market, $3.49. Same pint at Wal-Mart, $2.99. Again, not in season.

Maybe New Port Richey Main Street organizers need to travel to some festivals and take notes so they can reach out correctly to the visitors and hometown people with events so the people will come back to New Port Richey.

Deborah Shaw, Hudson

Costs go up and services decline

I am a Pasco resident, and our house insurance went up. Walking along the side of the road made me think, why couldn't the county put sidewalks in the area of Grove Park?

It's very hard to walk along the side of Wiggins Road without going on someone's lawn. If you don't, then you are walking in the street where cars or bicyclists can hit you.

I just feel it isn't fair that our house insurance, gasoline and some rents are so high. What do we get? No sidewalks, potholes in the street and trash on the road.

Cecilia La Grutta, New Port Richey

Respect for flag comes with legacy

The Sons of the Confederacy seems to be making quite the scene of annoyance to a lot of people. Let's look at this in all fairness. It is their rights and property. They seem to be trying to keep the legacy their family has left for them to be proud of and pass on to many.

We are supposed to be a melting pot in America, but that seems to only pertain to a few.

There is the flag for which all have so much respect, including those from the South. But, we also have a flag that our loved ones died for and we respect it for that reason. Both flags are red, white and blue and they stand for freedom of all kinds.

Respect others feelings and maybe respect will be reciprocated.

Jamie Van Beek, Holiday

Slim summer school still helps | June 18, article

PACE Center has a place for girls

Jeffrey S. Solochek's excellent article profiling Pasco County Schools' summer school program omitted to mention another option available for Pasco County girls that many students and parents may not be aware of.

PACE Center for Girls of Pasco County provides middle and high-school education, individual and group counseling, life management instruction, community service opportunities, and comprehensive follow up services to Pasco County girls ages 12 to 18. PACE runs year-round, and has places open for summer.

Girls attending PACE during the summer can gain high school credit or work toward grade forgiveness to improve their grade-point average. There is no charge to attend the program, located in New Port Richey.

Our second summer session begins July 10. For more information or to refer a girl to the program, girls and parents can visit, e-mail [email protected], or call (727) 849-1901.

Danielle Taylor-Fagan, executive director, PACE Center for Girls of Pasco County

Many flags flew over slave nations

Enough! If I see another anti-South rant disguised as a self-righteous statement about the Confederate flag, I will scream. Born in the North, raised in the South, spent most of my adult years in the North and have retired to the South. I have no particular dog in this fight.

This issue and many of the letters to the editor just reek of a bias against Southerners and the South in general. Many of the letters don't even seem to address why the writer feels it necessary to call people names and disparage their history. What's up?

Is it slavery? Want to demonstrate and tear down the flags of countries that enabled slavery? Fine, check some Internet historical sites, then march on the Portuguese, Dutch and British embassies to protest their flags and their involvement in the slave trade in the Western Hemisphere.

And while we are at it, for those fans of Old Glory, remember that early editions of our flag flew over a country where slavery was legal for almost 100 years.

But we won't do that will we? Instead we conveniently ignore those involvements spanning 200 years or so and concentrate on chastising Southerners for the four years that the Confederacy supported slavery 150 years ago.

Even the most superficial Internet research (which this certainly qualifies as), should suggest to reasonable people that slavery was not strictly a problem from 1860 to 1865 nor should it be dumped on the doorstep of one particular region.

Check out Northern Profits from Slavery and digest this: "The effects of the New England slave trade were momentous. It was one of the foundations of New England's economic structure''; or "Boston and Newport were the chief slave ports, but nearly all the New England towns had a hand in it."

Many parts of what is now the U.S. participated and benefited from slavery at some time, in some way. I don't know what is driving the letter writers' hate, but I doubt seriously that it's about a flag from 150 years ago.

Tom Waldbart, Wesley Chapel

Record food drive addresses a need

The letter carriers would like to thank the residents of Pasco County for helping us break a record with the amount of food collected: 289,000 pounds. The drive always is important, but this year was especially so with the tough economic times we are experiencing. It only proves that when families are in need, we can come together to help each other.

The Letter Carriers Drive has become the largest one-day collection in the world, and this year's total was 73-million pounds. The west coast of Florida collected 6-million pounds.

This can be accomplished only with the help from many people. Public Super Markets stepped up as a community leader with the donation of 8-million bags, one for every home in Florida. The bags helped to double the amount of food collected and made Florida the No. 1 state in food collection with 12-million pounds.

We owe thanks to the city letter carriers, rural letter carriers and postal employees who work behind the scenes. It is a great sight to see the food banks packed with food for the summer when the kids are out of school and no school lunches to help.

Unfortunately, this food will last only about four months based on current demand. We can only hope other organizations will help contribute to the well-being of their neighbors.

Albert Friedman, executive vice president, Letter Carriers Branch 208, New Port Richey

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