Change the days to close libraries
I love the library and all it provides for all people. Everyone who works there is absolutely the most helpful and friendly. I would like to suggest that the library be closed on Monday and Tuesday (sadly) rather than Sunday and Monday.
With children in school and both parents working and attending after-school activities, I would like to see the library open all weekend and those evenings, rather than another school day. I feel this would benefit the majority of people.
We are so very lucky to have such a lovely library.
Shirley Thorogood, Hudson
Re: Lock Street
Dade City needs leaders with class
The historical people were against renaming Main Street in Dade City after Dr. Martin Luther King. Too much history behind it being named Main Street. People didn't want to have to "change their stationary."
So I wrote an article published at the time by the Pasco News, saying it's not their stationery they are worried about, it's mainly that they want to remain stationary. Change is hard. Change comes so slowly.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for his "I have a dream" speech. But he was just as eloquent when he responded to the Kennedys' pleading with him to wait a little longer. He said to them, "We've waited long enough!"
The Hispanic population has waited a long time here as well. They're not all illegals as some readers suggest. Many Hispanics have given their lives in the service of their country.
Then to come home to a county where the chair of the Pasco County Commission gets away with saying that this is a matter of English-only street names, it's just a travesty, a sham as usual. Depend on them for all your fancy development landscaping, laying the sod without benefit of gloves, spraying the pesticides without benefit of masks. Then when they ask for a little empowerment, cut them off with an insult.
A classy suit like Commissioner Jack Mariano wears to the meetings should symbol a touch of class in the way he treats people. He treated Margarita Romo like so much chaff. He must not have been around long enough to know any better.
Dade City and the county need someone who can do our bidding. Someone with some class.
Kathy Lambert, Dade City
Dade City approves new noise ordinance March 11 article
Ordinance needs to work for all
The article states that city attorney Karla Owens said that "the way the new ordinance is written, the city could cite violators outside the city limits." In fact, she said exactly the opposite: we cannot cite violators outside of the city. The article further states that I expressed "reservations about prosecuting county residents." I expressed no such reservations and, in fact, argued to change the ordinance to permit prosecuting county residents for violating the Dade City ordinance.
One of the objectives of our new ordinance is consistency with the county's ordinance. The county's ordinance has a provision that allows the enforcement of their code even if the source of the noise is outside of the county.
Although I argued for the inclusion of a similar provision, the ordinance that we discussed and adopted is enforceable only if the noise originates in Dade City. As I said from the dais, it doesn't make sense that people who live near the city's limits should have fewer protections than folks who live in the center of town.
City staff, and my colleagues on the commission, are concerned specifically about enforcement issues relating to the motocross track. The county has apparently decided that its noise ordinance does not apply to the track. Understandably, staff doesn't want to become embroiled in a dispute regarding the enforcement of county ordinances.
My position, which I expressed less than eloquently with a reference to "not getting into the county's Wheaties," is that we shouldn't write ordinances that are tailored around specific enforcement issues. Let's write and implement good, clear, consistent ordinances then work out enforcement issues as necessary.
Curtis Beebe, city commissioner
Re: Zoo tiger cub
Caring for big cats a big responsibility
The recent writer from Norfolk, Va. has her heart in the right place. Zoo shouldn't use baby tiger as prop, March 4 letter. Animals matter and we need to look after their best interests. We agree in principle but differ on fact.
The writer voices her concerns that tigers "shun human contact." Observations in the wild contradict that view and our experience with adopted big cats in our care make it clear that tigers accept constructive human contact under certain conditions.
The writer says "this baby should be sharing quiet time bonding with her mother." When a mother rejects her baby, the baby, if it survives at all, must learn social skills through proper handling, play, and interaction. We provide the bonding the young animal needs. It would be cruel not to provide the nurturing that the mother does not.
Under Florida law, big cats in private ownership must be on public display. It is better for the cats and the safety of their caretakers and veterinary professionals if they are conditioned to accept the presence of humans.
We absolutely agree that tigers are wild animals. Our handling procedures are based on that fact. State and federal inspectors visit regularly to ensure that the animals are properly cared for.
Every day we educate visitors to understand and respect the true nature of these magnificent animals. Far from being encouraged to buy a tiger cub, they come away with a clearer understanding of the challenges of keeping the animals healthy.
In a perfect world, these animals would live in their natural habitat without interference. Habitat destruction and population pressure has made that impossible for many big cats.
Readers can learn about our program for caring for abused, unwanted, and non-releasable wild and exotic animals at www.stearnszoological.org.
Kathy Stearns, Stearns Zoological Rescue & Rehabilitation Center