County gun range could misfire
Just what Pasco needs — more guns. I can hear the County Commissioners now: "Let's get people from all over the country to come to a county owned and operated gun range. We can make Pasco the gun vacation mecca of the world."
Developing a reputation for gun tourism will have a negative impact on other forms of tourism. Family tourism produces the most tax revenue in Pasco. Would most families be attracted to a tourism destination emphasizing guns? Pasco has collect $40 million in tourism tax revenue to promote tourism. It should not be used to pay for a county gun range.
If a gun range to attract tourists is a good idea, why hasn't a private entrepreneur stepped forward to fund it? Asking the taxpayers to do this makes no sense. There are ample number of ranges in the greater Tampa area. Privately owned and operated ranges do not need the competition from a publicly owned and operated range.
Why is government going to compete with private businesses? I thought our county commissioners were promoting the development of private enterprise, not expanding government operations. A county owned and operated gun range is not a good use of taxpayers' money,
Sandi Harrison, Hudson
Sinkhole law will hurt residents | Aug. 21 letter
Blame voters for sinkhole law plan
What were the people of Pasco County and the state of Florida thinking would happen, when they voted for the same crowd during the mid-term elections? Now the writer is whining about the sinkhole insurance law. You are blaming the wrong people for this. The legislators can't help themselves but to pass laws that will help their campaign donations. These greedy, self-serving elected officials care nothing for their constituents.
All you people did was to return and add more of the same caliber of elected officials that got us into this mess in the first place. But like lemmings, you all run to the polls and vote Republican/tea party like good little drones.
For the people that voted for this bunch and the people who didn't bother to vote, you created this monster and now you can feed it, so stop your whining.
I bet at the next election time, people will take the time to find out what a person stands for before voting for them. Edmund Burke said it best, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing." You have no one to blame but yourselves for your woes.
Dave Trump, Holiday
Limit increase in summer camp fee
Somebody should speak up against the new fees being proposed for the summer camp program at the New Port Richey Recreation Center. It has been determined by the City Council that fees will be doubled for city families and tripled for out-of-city families beginning in 2012. This is far beyond reasonable and will result in less money coming to the rec center as families will be forced to look elsewhere for summer activities for their children.
I understand the recreation complex is operating at a loss and changes will have to be made to address this, but please do not burden working parents who make use of this wonderful facility and staff. The parks director recommended an increase that would make the parents' expense commensurate with the cost of maintaining the summer camp. Once council member suggested rounding up those number would be reasonable. But, doubling or tripling the fees is unconscionable.
Remember that many of the participants in the summer camp at the rec center are from Title 1 schools, coming from low- to moderate-income families where both parents have to work. These folks would be hardest hit by the increase and likely would have to remove their children from the program.
I ask the City Council to revisit the fee adjustment and make it fair for working parents.
Robin Michels, New Port Richey