Veterans in no mood to see cut in services | May 23 C.T. Bowen column
Female veterans opposing cuts
I compliment you on your very precise, clear and unvarnished truth column on Sunday, May 23, 2010, concerning cuts in services to veterans. I was present, wearing my yellow blouse with ribbons I was awarded as a member of the Air Force during Korea and Vietnam wars. Our WAC Chapter 97 consists of women who served in Europe during World War II and women who served and evacuated with Gen. MacArthur from the Philippines when Japan invaded that island. We also have Desert Storm veterans.
Veterans service officers positions now consist of only two people. Our female veterans are now at the age where many need the services of the VA, just like male veterans need assistance. County Administrator David Hamilton was made aware of consequences should veteran's services be cut since it is already bare bone. We will band together and try our very best to un-elect those responsible for budget cuts for veterans.
My red-shirted new best friend, Jim Heltsley, offered a sensible solution when he said he would pay more taxes than he now pays because "these add-ons are some of the best things in life."
How can Hernando County not have libraries? How can Hernando County cut benefits for veterans who would have given their lives to keep America free?
Grace E. McMillan, Spring Hill
Faith, hope are better than hate | May 23 letter
When inequity changes, I will
This is why the Muslim faith concerns me a lot. I know American have extremists who do crazy things to get their points across, but there are a lot of extremists who are a part of the Muslim world.
The letter writer preaches peace and even fairness between all people. Why? In parts of the Middle East woman cannot drive a car, cannot receive education, have to walk behind their husbands in public and must step out of the way if another man is in their path.
When the letter writer's religion treats women with equal respect, then I will stop asking the why questions when I discuss the Muslim world.
Jeffrey Huber, Brooksville
Storytelling session a treat
Long before television and radio, people entertained each other with stories and tall tales. Mark Twain was a famous storyteller who entertained around the world, and wrote books that still entertain us today. Jerry Cowling is carrying on the fine tradition of storytelling, and is wonderfully entertaining. His stories are family friendly. With so many foul-mouth comedians today, it is refreshing to be entertained by funny stories that are clean.
The East Hernando Library sponsored an event May 21, featuring Jerry Cowling telling stories for about an hour. The stories were filled with history lessons. Stories about pioneer families were amusing, and the audience related to the struggles of personalities within the family. Jerry told stories about his own childhood in the 1950s, the courtship of his wife, and about family. Often the audience laughed aloud, his experiences were similar to ours, but his life seemed to be much funnier.
Thank you to the East Hernando Library for providing an afternoon of entertainment with refreshments. Our tax dollars are well spent by the Hernando County Library System. The program was amusing, entertaining, and appropriate for the audience ranging in age from 5 to 85.
Kathryn Buckingham, Ridge Manor
Child is in danger, no one is acting
We have a young girl, approximately 9 years old, in our area being left alone several days a week for a few hours, either before or after school. There is a sexual predator living less than 100 yards from her home.
When I talked to protective services they told me a 9-year-old was capable of taking care of herself. I strongly disagree with this. So, I guess I will keep turning on Nancy Grace each night to see if another child in Florida is abducted.
If these supervisors of these agencies don't care how their employees handle their jobs, then either or both ought to be replaced. I couldn't sleep at night knowing that my poor judgment might put a child in danger.
We as taxpaying citizens need to make changes in who we elect that are over the people in charge of these agencies. Remember when you go to vote this year, you may save a child's life.
Dan Duibley, Spring Hill
Big government, but necessary | May 21 guest column
Big government is a looming threat
It is axiomatic that big government, by its very nature, eclipses and abrogates the constitutionally vested rights of its citizens. It is well documented, in the annals of history, that big government is characterized by central planning, draconian legislation, and tyrannical enforcement. It is equally correct that the average American is not interested in surrendering or selling his or her rights to the Washington politicians whose primary interest is the enhancement of their own selfish power and control.
If one wishes to place his or her trust in big government, there are several choices available, the most notable of which are exemplified by: (1) the corporate state of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy in the 1930s-1940s; (2) the socialist regimes of the European continent in such countries as modern day Greece; and (3) the Marxist culture of Stalinist Russia and Maoist China. There are other examples throughout history but anyone determined to confront reality, rather than indulging in utopian fancy, will readily observe that the legislative measures being foisted upon us by the Washington politicians are designed to aim us on a trajectory where the tyranny of big government will be the order of the day.
Although I am not a member of the tea party movement, I did observe the April 15, 2009, meeting at Orange Lake. The people I observed there were the salt of the Earth who are the productive members of our society. I didn't see anyone there who was demanding a government handout or who was threatening violence, civil disruption, or economic boycotts against a sovereign state, such as Arizona, which has been compelled to take steps to enforce the immigration laws because the federal government in dereliction of its duty has refused to do so in order to score political points.
The citizens at the tea party meeting were profoundly concerned about profligate spending practices by big government, the unsustainable public indebtedness, the abridgment of their rights by the Washington politicians, and the confiscatory taxation that will be forthcoming to service that debt all of which, if left unchecked, is destined to destroy this country as we have known it.
Jack B. McPherson, New Port Richey
Editor's note: The following letter is from two Spring Hill Elementary students address to President Barack Obama.
Future is at risk from oil spill
We found out about the oil leak and wanted to know how we could help. We want to save our beloved beaches and the animals living there.
There is no way we can go on strike because it won't help any bit. We want to be happy with our environment, but right now we can't be with the oil leak killing our animals and other nature.
Do you know how valuable our precious Earth is? Well, if we waste all the oil now, our Earth will be polluted and destroyed. We don't want that to happen.
Your daughters' generations will be miserable if we don't do something about this disaster now. All your ideas are brilliant, but some of them are most likely not going to work and if they don't, we still have a problem.
We are only 10 years old and want to make a huge difference in the world. If we don't act up now, then things could get worse.
The beaches will be destroyed and we don't need that because many people like them and you don't want unhappy citizens.
If you have this job you need to take a stand and right now is a good time to do that. We just want to make a difference in the world. So listen to two 10-year-olds like us and you will be very successful.
Briana Rose Rifino, Skylar Ruth Shreiber, Spring Hill