Role model would make good sheriff
On July 22, 1996, a newspaper headline in the Hernando Times read, Big Brother fills void in boy's life. It was about Mike Maurer and his relationship with his 8-year-old "little brother." His "little brother" had no contact with his biological father and he was in need of a male role model. Mike not only filled that void but became a friend to the entire family. The match lasted for many years.
Mike was also a "big brother" in Key West during the early 1980s, when he was in the Coast Guard stationed in Key West. He has also served on the Leadership Council of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hernando County.
Mike has been volunteering his time and giving back to his community for more than 30 years. He is a wonderful role model and, as Sheriff Richard Nugent has stated, should be the person appointed to fill the remainder of his term.
I speak for myself and for everyone who knows Mike when we say that we hope the governor makes the right decision. We hope he will make the needs of the people of Hernando County his top priority. If he does so, Michael Maurer will be our next sheriff.
Patricia Cameron, Weeki Wachee
Former District Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hernando County
Drivers, please brake for turtles
I believe that all creation, be it human or animal, is God's creation. In this time, animals that need water seek water. As I came up on Waterfall Drive, going west on Spring Hill Drive, I saw a soft-shelled turtle trying to get over the curb.
By the time I was able to turn around, someone had already hit him with their car. He was badly injured but I thought it could survive. I found water and took him to it. As I was coming home the same route on another day, I saw in almost the same spot the body of another soft shell turtle. A lot of these animals have one mate.
Is it too much to ask to slow down (yes, even stop!) for these animals?
We are the ones who have strewn asphalt barriers across their natural paths. Would it really be that much of a delay in our lives? Just asking.
The Rev. Jim Marsh, Spring Hill
Airport needs control tower
We Hernando County residents are hoping the control tower at the airport does get off the ground and doesn't remain dead in the water like the channel project.
Robert Van Istendal, Spring Hill