Don't privatize our libraries!
As a taxpayer I am against the privatizing of the library system. It is important the library be available without fees. Deregulation in other government services has not been beneficial to the citizens of this county.
Keep our library system open! Without Fees!
Ruth L. Haines, Brooksville
Who represents the neediest?
The March 28 edition of the Hernando Times headline read "Hernando remains second in Florida with a rate of 12.7 percent. Pasco and Citrus also make the top 10." The bad part of this report is the fact that the people who have run out of unemployment benefits and have quit looking of employment are not counted in these figures. Therefore, the situation is worse than the numbers indicate.
This situation gets worse while the Republican led Legislature in this great state of Florida play games with the lives of these people. On the March 27 opinion page, the headline read, "Jobless need the help." The article goes on to say "Florida's economy is in dire straits, and the state's unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent and climbing. Yet the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature may leave behind more than $1 billion in federal help to extend unemployment benefits because the state would have to contribute some modest money. This is incredibly shortsighted, and it needlessly makes life more difficult for jobless Floridians who could use a little more help."
One of the reasons the Republican legislators are going for this move is because it could cost the companies' unemployment rates to go up in the future. Our Rep. Robert Schenck and state Sen. Mike Fasano are part of the problem. The working people of Hernando County have no representation when it comes to voting on people problems. How could they think about leaving $1 billion of financial help to the unemployed on the table while these people suffer?
The unemployment problem is not the only problem the Republican legislators are voting on that will hurt the working people. A March 26 opinion stated "When Florida workers are injured on the job but denied compensation, they have the right to pursue a challenge. But a bill scheduled to be heard by the Florida House today would make it more difficult for injured workers to hire a lawyer."
The Florida Chamber of Commerce says it is vital that lawmakers pass legislation, HB 903 and SB 2072 to set aside a 2008 Florida Supreme Court ruling that released attorney fees from statutory caps. The chamber claims workers compensation insurance rates could rise sharply, repeating the era when Florida had some of the highest rates in the nation.
Here again the Legislators have no concern for the people who are getting hurt because of unsafe working conditions. Their only concern is the possibility that employers workmen's compensation rates may go up.
Again where is the representation for working people?
Harvey Martin, Spring Hill
End committees; listen to residents!
I am so sick and tired. Every day it's cut, cut, cut. When are we going to cut all the brain drain. There are many ways to cut, less harmful ways.
Now, booze in parks. Don't you read the paper? Booze is keeping families away. Loud boisterous voices needing attention, vomit, fights, litter, etc. People stopped coming because of this. Parks and Recreation Director Pat Fagan is bringing up stupid ideas constantly. It's either fill the parks with advertising or nothing intelligent.
But why do people need booze in parks to have a good time?
Let's end all these county government committees and give the voices to the people that live here on small wages, those who have a lot of good ideas.
Linda Kirkwood, Brooksville
Hoover Dam is a reminder of overcoming struggles March 26 guest column
Survival of nation reflects our grit
Thank you, Mary Partington, for your reminiscent and provocative guest column.
We learned about the history of the Hoover Dam and we were reminded of the many struggles our nation went through over the last 80 or so years. At the end, we were left with a challenge to fix what went wrong here in our great land.
I believe this nation, with God's help, eager hands and true hearts, will survive.
We did it before and we can do it again.
Barbara J. Panici, Port Richey