Contributions are show of support
Who knows better than the very employees of our constitutional offices the importance and complexity of the offices? It is a tribute to Paula O'Neil that small contributions from those employees reflect the trust and respect that she has earned as chief deputy clerk.
A cursory look at the two candidates' campaign finance reports reflects one campaign with a broad range of contributors large and small and the other financed primarily by a small number of large contributors. The cheap shot by Paula's opponent regarding her campaign finance report only leads one to wonder what else he may have up his sleeve to diminish the office and those who work hard to serve the public every day.
Electing a "good Republican" (whatever that means) is far less important than electing an official who is competent and committed to good government. I am confident that the voters of Pasco County believe that to be true as well.
Robert F. Hatfield, Dade City
For kids, spring cleaning is in summer | June 13, guest column
A few notes on that school junk
As a former teacher, I found Shelley Kappeler's column regarding her son's excess junk from his school desk interesting.
I found the idea that he had never used his crayons or colored pencils amusing, as he seemed to rely on Mom's ability to replace his favorite smelly markers. As an educator, I shopped back-to-school sales for notebooks, crayons, pencils and markers for each of my students, as I knew most of them would not have them. How wonderful to find a parent who will replace on demand.
Amazing also were his unused folders, "which were oh so important on that supply list." I wondered if he was ever given the chance to clean out his desk and practice organizational skills throughout the year. These skills are so important for children to learn.
I was beyond amazed to see he had three rulers and in his 10 years knew how to cross out the Republican presidents (Did he include Lincoln?) on one of them. My goodness, a third-grade liberal! No wonder your mom gets her column in the St. Petersburg Times.
Cindy D. Schartner, St. Petersburg
Banner for kids starts a squabble
I can't believe parents. My son plays for the West Florida Young Guns 8 and under team, and they recently won the state championship. In honor of their accomplishment, the parents had a banner made that listed their names and titles. Arthur Engle Memorial Park is the team's home field, and that is where the sign was located. The sign is professional and does not state anything negative.
We recently received a phone call that several Hudson Little League parents were upset that the banner was there. What did a group of 8-year-old boys do to receive so much hatred? Little League states that these boys are not from this area, which is incorrect. In fact, four of our boys played on their Little League teams. Also several of their siblings played. Out of the other ten, only two are from out of the district.
These boys have worked hard and deserve respect. If Little League's mission statement is "all about the kids," then this league is full of hypocrites. Oh wait, it's only for kids they think deserve it, because some of these kids were part of the league.
Shame on the league and the board for using a personal vendetta and agenda when it comes to making decisions for youth sports. It's a banner, for goodness sake!
Tami Paxton, Hudson
No wonder this library is a winner
The June 16 library notes certainly showed why New Port Richey Library has been library of the year.
Hudson Regional, Regency Park, Centennial and South Holiday branches are babysitting services. The only events they seem to have for adults are embroidery, knitting and e-government personal computer skills, a special training class to help people access government subsidies.
When the voters understand they are supporting day-care schools and child-care services, I'll bet you will see an even greater taxpayer revolt than we saw this year.
The four Pasco County regional libraries offered 29 programs, with seven for adults.
The New Port Richey city library by itself had 11 programs, 10 of which are for adults.
R. H. Proctor, Port Richey