Re: Want to wield budget ax?, April 10 story
Official's idea a publicity stunt
So, Hernando County Administrator David Hamilton is asking taxpayers for suggestions on what services to cut. Marvelous! There will be a flow of ideas for wielding the ax. Proposals will typically involve services their originators don't use. No kids? Slash the parks and recreation budget. Two cars in the driveway? Get rid of THE Bus! Still not enough? Just cut more staff or pay of county workers. That won't affect me!
The administrator and his five bosses on the County Commission are well-compensated for managing the budget and developing proposals for the most productive use of funds. Rather than indulge in a publicity stunt, they need to make thoughtful and sometimes difficult choices. Then they need to sell those choices to the taxpayers, reminding them there will be trade-offs for the lower tax bills demanded by voters. This is called leadership.
Francis V. Dougherty,
Re: Planners back approval of an upscale RV resort,
April 15 story
RV park, preserve just isn't a good fit
There is a proposal to build an RV park in Hernando Beach. The plans call for it to be built on Shoal Line adjacent to the Weeki Wachee Preserve.
I find it amazing that anyone would grant permission to build an RV park across from the preserve. The wildlife will certainly be negatively impacted. This should be an issue of concern to all residents of Hernando County.
For the property owners of Hernando Beach this will lower our property values. Anyone who comes to visit would be greeted with a view and first impression of a trailer park of short-time users who will generate trash and congestion on our roads.
I hope all who are concerned about this in Hernando County will bombard the county commissioners with e-mail and phone calls.
For me, this will be the single issue that will determine my support of sitting commissioners or their opponents. Please vote "no'' to allowing this to happen.
Where are you, Southwest Florida Water Management District, when we need you to save our wildlife area?
Captain Larry Simpson, Hernando Beach
Re: A couple of things to get off my chest | April 15 letter by M.E. James
Drivers are issue, not speed limit
The speed limit on State Road 50 is not what needs to be changed. The fact is State Road 50 is a "state road" and it seems most drivers, as well as the law enforcement, agencies do not treat it as such. Drivers just go along their merry way as if it is just any other street or road. It shouldn't be and it isn't.
It is recognized as such after you cross U.S. 41 going east, but from U.S. 41 going west, folks drive like they are in la-la land, moseying on, straddling lanes so you can't pass. The left lane is blocked by drivers out for a Sunday outing.
Just what is wrong here? Why does that happen?
Martha Wakaruk, Brooksville