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Developer's "vision" dominates Pasco Sportsplex plan

Sportsplex is all about developer

I just read the interesting article in the April 18 Pasco Times about the Sportsplex. Let me summarize:

The developer, Adam Smith Enterprises Inc/ James Gills has a "Trinity Vision."

The developer expects to be the controlling decisionmaker on all development in Trinity.

The county commissioners, with the exception of Jack Mariano, believe their role is to facilitate the developer's vision, however that may evolve.

The developer may tweak its vision from time to time in an attempt to pacify Trinity residents outraged by the negative externalities (neighborhood effects) produced by its vision.

Did I miss anything?

Robert F. Allen, Trinity

Busy Moog Road needs sidewalks

I listen to the sirens racing down Moog Road once again during the school bus hours and I sit and wonder, is it another child on the way to school? What I don't quite get is they want our children to catch the bus on Moog Road, a very busy road, but they won't put in sidewalks.

Why aren't there sidewalks for safety? I drive my child and others to the bus stop two streets over to try to keep them safe. People who live at these bus stops complain also when the kids stand in their yards. If there was a sidewalk they could stand there instead.

We are talking about all ages of schoolchildren and mothers with strollers or whole families trying to get where they are going as safely as they can. I personally have walked down this road with my children and it's a very hard road to walk. We need sidewalks to continue out to U.S. 19.

Jamie Alexander Van Beek, Holiday

Postal Service dismal April 15

Never have I been so mad. The U.S. Postal Service hours, for the first time, had normal hours on Thursday, April 15, even though they know that income tax returns must be postmarked by midnight. This was done without any prior warning.

My wife went to the post office after she got off work and, amazingly, it was closed, as were all the other branch offices I called. At 7 p.m., she had to drive to West Spruce Street in Tampa to mail our tax returns.

I have always held the U.S. Postal Service in high regard until this. All of the residents were irate, right along with my wife, when they went to drop off their tax returns. With what they charge for stamps, keeping one post office open late one day a year in each county is not a lot to ask. They disgust me in how they care for their customers. They should be ashamed.

Joseph Kuhn, New Port Richey

Animal story warms the heart

After all of the horrible stories in the news lately regarding dog attacks, it was very nice to read about the story of the little girl and her renewed animal loving spirit.

After traumatic events, it is great to read about the good things that come from them. I admire her spirit.

Marisa Kaplan, New Port Richey

Hospice grateful for its volunteers

Times have changed and sometimes change is good. But there's also something to be said for the way things used to be.

I'm talking about face-to-face conversations where you can hear the person's voice vs. reading an e-mail, a Facebook post, or a text message. Feeling connected and part of a community are key components of HPH Hospice's mission. As national volunteer appreciation week is upon us (April 18 -24), HPH would like to recognize its more than 1,000 volunteers in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties who selflessly support our patients, their families, staff, and not-for-profit organization.

Some of our volunteers sit by the bedsides of patients and share a good cry or the kind of laughter that's cleansing for the soul. Words don't always have to be spoken — just being present in that moment means more than words can say, especially for patients who have no family. Other volunteers lift hearts by bringing the universal language of music into our Hospice Care Centers or Hospice Houses. Some have their compassionate paws canine companions by their side to help soothe a patient's anxiety. These four-legged friends always seem to know who may need an extra dose of unconditional love.

There are volunteers who prepare meals daily for patients in our facilities and never hesitate to grill a steak or whip up something sweet to satisfy a craving. Others faithfully sort donations at our thrift stores, call the bereaved to see how they are getting along, deliver mail five days a week in their own vehicles from one hospice office to the other, make keepsakes for family members or take time during the busy holiday season to help with our annual Tree of Life fundraiser.

The power of two words, thank you, is increasingly overlooked in today's world. But at HPH, we want to stop and say thank you to all of our compassionate, dedicated volunteers who are the real hospice angels.

Katy Geschke, Hudson

Developer's "vision" dominates Pasco Sportsplex plan 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:28pm]

    

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