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Charitable giving is not government's role

Charity through utility needs a quick answer | Nov. 22 editorial

Charity is not role of government

This well thought out article crystallizes the issue of whether charitable giving by government is proper. The editor is correct in the supposition that if it is proper to spend federal tax dollars at the local level to support charities, then why not use property tax receipts for the same purpose? Why the intellectual hypocrisy?

The editor is quick to point out that supporting charitable groups that "help relieve the stress on the county's own limited human services department" is wise. Such a conclusion begets the ultimate question of what is the proper function and purpose of government.

Even the president of the United States, much to his credit, has stated on several occasions that the reason for much political consternation between our political parties is a fundamental disagreement on the function, purpose and proper role of government. It is this writer's opinion that charitable giving, which is reflective of human compassion, is a proper role of our religious institutions, local charitable organizations and the family unit, not government.

No government, federal or local, has the right to mandate the spending of tax dollars for charitable purposes. Such decisions are properly within the rights of the individual and the aforesaid institutions. It is a political reality that only in hard times is the issue of proper government purpose debated.

The general public is now faced with the issue of government run health care and whether this is a proper function and purpose of government. The Republican Party is being accused of not having a unified and clear message. However, the issue of the proper purpose and function of government is being heard loud and clear. Commissioner Pat Mulieri's statement that using taxpayer money to fund private social service agencies is wrong has not fallen on deaf ears.

At least two commissioners have had the courage to address the issue of spending tax dollars for charitable purposes. However their decision to suggest a utility charge, regardless of its miniscule nature as a solution, ignores the bigger question. The editor taking them to task is justified, as not being intellectually sincere. Hopefully they will both have the courage, after taking this baby step in the right direction, to just say "no." The public is ready for a debate on proper governmental purpose. Saying no to charitable requests is always difficult but great leaders are not always popular leaders.

James Mathieu, Port Richey

Trumpeting truth | Nov. 22 article

Schools push kids into AP courses

The students and faculty of Hudson High are to be honored for their dedication to their school. Their hard work and success should be celebrated.

However, "truth" is an interesting term in Pasco high schools. It would seem that in order to score more points under the state's rating of schools, students are being directed, regardless of actual potential for success, into advanced placement courses. In at least some schools apparently, honors courses are being canceled in favor of requiring students to enroll in AP courses (actually more rigorous than college courses) even if they are not expected to be successful. Just their enrollment (not success) pumps up the school grade.

Fred Rydzik, New Port Richey

Utility needs new owner, manager

I have been a user of Joe Borda's utility, Lindrick Service Corp., and I use that word loosely, as the utility is nowhere within the standards of today's world. I feel like I live in a Third World country with our water, not only the quality, but the frequency of the water being shut off without notice to the residents of the community.

I would like to specifically address Monday, Nov. 23. The week of a holiday with some of the most cooking in the year. The company elected to shut off the water in Gulf Harbors from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. without prior notice.

I would like to know which of the managers was the rocket scientist that decided that the Monday of a holiday week was the perfect time to shut down this community's water supply for more than eight hours.

We now must boil our water for weeks, and Thursday is Thanksgiving. How does Borda think my meal will turn out? Not only was I inconvenienced but think of the families who are visiting their relatives in this community who were not able to bath, wash dishes or even cook. Plus Monday is a day a lot of families do preparation work for meals for Thursday. Borda has put me so far behind on my schedule.

I am now forced to purchase ice from the supermarket because the icemakers in my house use Borda's water and there is no way to boil it before it becomes ice. I hope Borda is able to sell this dysfunctional utility to someone who has a brain to run it efficiently, as the current management obviously does not have that intelligence level to make common sense decisions. Sell out, Joe Borda, and let this county be without your presence.

Denise Renneker, New Port Richey

Keep fighting SunWest project

Just because it hasn't been in the news lately doesn't mean that the projected SunWest Harbourtowne development is dead. This is the huge development on the Old Belcher Mine property between Hudson and Aripeka.

It has to be the second worst idea we have heard in the 35 years we've lived in Hudson. The first being drilling for oil and gas so close to our shores.

We suggest that those interested in stopping SunWest Harbourtowne and drilling read Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss by Craig Pittman and Matt Waite. Then write to the Florida elected representatives to stop these projects.

Steve and Loraine Cors, Hudson

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