Impact of trash is unacceptable
On a weekly basis, trash ends up at the incinerator facility off Hays Road and is burned to a residue. Already there are several large mounds of residue beneath white plastic held down by tires. Many more acres of land this year have been developed to add more residue along with millions of dollars being spent on this project. Each passing day we leave it up to someone else.
The environmental impact is unacceptable; stagnant water in tires causing many viruses. Where does all this lead us in the future? Lead, change or get out of the way. I agree with franchise contracts along with free recyclable pickup. And ban metal trash bins used by residents.
Until then we need to install a conveyor system and add additional employees to sort out recyclable from nonrecyclable trash being delivered to the incinerator. The savings will cover the cost, increase growth and marketing of material being salvaged along with reducing environmental impact.
All this being said, I'm sure the concerned citizens would like any positive answers from the commissioners on the cost of the project and allowed amount of money.
Richard Crowningshield, New Port Richey
Crime is largely ignored for traffic
I think Sheriff Bob White's plan to hire more deputies is a great idea if they are to be used to patrol neighborhoods and to keep an eye on drug activity, etc., but not if they are going to be used to run up and down U.S. 19 doing traffic stops.
I certainly understand that through the traffic courts the county makes a lot of money. But when you can drive down U.S. 19 and see several police cars parked watching traffic while neighborhoods are ignored, I think that's ridiculous. I live in the Embassy Hills area and work in the Holiday area and I am well aware of the break-ins, homeless population, prostitution and drug problems. These crimes are being largely ignored in deference to traffic situations and DUIs. Really? It's all about the money.
Where's the payday for the local police and Sheriff's Office if your house is broken into? Or if someone sells your kid a dime bag? Or if you are harassed by some homeless drunk when you try to buy gas? If you say you need more cops for the public then use them for issues the public cares about.
Laura Williams, Port Richey
Voters need a seat at land-use table
In his May 23 column, Dan DeWitt addressed Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4, an important citizens' reform that will be on the statewide ballot in November.
I support Amendment 4. We're simply saying: Voters need a seat at the table when politicians want to change a community's land-use plan. We're the ones who pay tax dollars to extend the schools, police, fire, water, sewer and roads to new development. Is a new development affordable to our community? We should get a vote before we're forced to pay.
We need some growth, but not the kind of out-of-control land speculation and corruption that crashed our economy and left us with empty strip malls and foreclosed developments.
Taxpayers keep getting let down by politicians who make decisions based on campaign contributions from politically powerful speculators, when they should, instead, protect the quality of life of the citizens who elected them. Big business has raised $6 million so far to try to defeat Amendment 4 and deny you your right to vote. Ask yourself: Why are they so scared of taxpayer oversight?
Don't believe the lies about this amendment. It's simply an add-on to the existing process. Here is exactly how it will work: Local city or county commissions will study, hold public hearings and vote on proposed changes to the overall land-use plan (local comprehensive land-use plan) just like they do now. The new step is that once a commission approves a plan change, voters will get to approve or veto it at the next regularly scheduled Election Day. That's it.
Amendment 4 doesn't require votes on rezonings, variances or individual development approvals. Voters won't vote on every new grocery store or hotel, but will get to vote when politicians want to change, for example, farmland to apartments or turn a residential area into a commercial zone.
Nancy Hazelwood, Dade City
Endorsement and elected officials
At first, the letters to the editor section of the paper had become my comics section. But the more I read, the more I became appalled at the ignorance of you letter writers in Pasco County. You've started comparing Florida and the GOP to Russia and communism.
Before you start slinging around such serious accusations, you might want to learn a little bit about what you're so enraged over. No one is telling you how to vote or who to vote for. This issue is about an elected official of the GOP endorsing a candidate who is not a Republican. This is common sense. It's not just against the principles of the GOP, it's against the principles of any party. You don't endorse someone who isn't a part of the ideals you're supposed to be representing.
Does the coach of the Gators endorse the Seminoles? Do anti-abortion advocates endorse doctors of abortion clinics? If Sen. Mike Fasano was not an elected official of the Republican Party, he could endorse Democrat Alex Sink if he wanted to. However, because he's an elected official of the GOP and represents the values and ideals of the GOP, it matters who he stands behind and represents.
Cheers to chairman Randy Maggard for holding true to Republican ideals. That's not called being married to a party, it's called standing up for what you believe in.
Samantha Frances, Zephyrhills