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Fertilizers, mine suspected in algae bloom in Hernando bay

Fertilizers, mine may cause algae

In his recent column, Dan DeWitt mentioned the proposed comprehensive plan change for the Quarry Preserve, Florida Rock's 4,200 acres, which is apparently mined-out.

I believe the mines in Hernando County are directly linked to our aquifer. Local fishermen have long suspected that this link between the mine and the aquifer, in particular the spring in Pine Island Bay, has been a direct influence on algae blooms in our coastal area. I believe that building houses in and around these old mines would create a continuous flow of pollutants into our aquifer. And those pollutants, such as lawn fertilizers, would eventually generate an algae bloom in Pine Island Bay and the surrounding area that could grow well beyond any that we've ever experienced in the past.

I know our county commissioners have probably never heard of this occurrence and this is my attempt to bring it to their attention.

J. Daniel, Weeki Wachee

Commissioners' decisions flawed

I haven't written any opinions lately, and it's not that I have lost my ambition or interest in the many issues that affect all of us. I have been soaking up all the responses and reactions to a historic event.

The presidential campaign included one of the worst personal attacks I have ever witnessed on a candidate in my 60 years. Locally, these tactics unseated a county commissioner by the same political opponents whose financial resources were the only reason for her loss. One candidate's win was justified, the other's loss was not.

We now have a president-elect who has begun his masterful approach to management and delegation of responsibility. He has already displayed his ability to make decisions based on his campaign promises, a diversified administration to begin a new path for America.

That is unlike our sitting and new commissioners, who after installation have displayed their inability to change or set Hernando on the right course for planned development and responsible growth. They immediately approved a new Wal-Mart Superstore on County Line Road just east of the Suncoast Parkway, not to mention the massive planned development at I-75 and State Road 50 for residential and retail purposes.

It seems that the damage these five commissioners will do in the next two years will affect Hernando County for generations to come if not stopped. The sad part about all of this is that those of us who continue to live in Hernando will be abandoned by those who make these decisions and those who profit from their decisions.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr.,

Spring Hill

Adults also drive, use cell phones

Lately, there have been a large number of letters and news stories about how teenagers are causing accidents because of texting on their cell phones. A very recent letter seemed to imply that it was only teenagers texting and driving, and that it was a good idea to ban cell phone use for only teenage drivers.

I would like to know why there is so much focus on just teenagers. I do understand that it is more common for teenagers to be using their cell phones. After all, they are teenagers. However, they are not the only ones utilizing their cell phones while driving. I drive back and forth from Tampa and Port Richey several times a week for work and constantly witness older adults talking on their cell phones while driving. Not to mention the problem with the senior citizens' slow reaction time and sluggish driving.

I think these adults need to realize there is such a large emphasis on the stories about teenagers causing accidents while on their phones because they are simply that, teenagers. The sad truth is that the community mourns more for a teenager injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident than if it had been an older adult, regardless of the cause.

I'm sure these speculations of teenagers causing the accidents are in no way helping the parents and families deal with their grief. I think the next time someone, regardless of age, wants to make a generalization about who is causing the accidents, it may be a good idea to expand their thoughts and consider all the possible causes.

There needs to be more concern about a young life lost and not about jumping to assumptions and blaming him or her for the accident.

Joshua Yates, Port Richey

Public is at loss if bus routes are cut

Do you know there are more people involved in THE Bus than all of the commissioners? How could they cut jobs and ridership?

I say with a heart of pain that commissioners should cut their salaries first, then they'll see how we live with high taxes and a life not too great here in Hernando County.

Check out different routes for THE Bus to get us to where we want to go and then we will have a system and ridership we need. We could use THE Bus for weddings, churches, for workers to get to Tampa, to the airport or to the Hard Rock Casino.

Rosemary Sonnenberg, Brooksville

Re: Bankers' greed created mess | Nov. 12 guest column; Financial crisis is government's fault | Nov. 10 guest column

Many factors in financial crisis

As is normal in such debates, there is truth in both interpretations of the current situation.

Certainly, there was an element of greed on the part of some bankers who saw the necessity to protect their own positions when forced by legislation to make what previously would have been unsound loans and in doing so found a means of making even more profit by packaging these mortgages on a national and international basis.

However, the fact remains that had the government in its wisdom not enacted the Community Reinvestment Act with bullying and punitive penalties provided therein for banks that did not comply, the crisis may never have arisen and the basic tenets of banking laid down a couple of hundred years ago would still lend protection to banks and customers alike, not to mention, national economies.

It has been argued that the bailout should never even have been considered on the grounds that government has no business interfering in commerce. But if that view is taken to its logical conclusion, then the Community Reinvestment Act should never have been enacted.

It was, and we are now reaping the benefits. It is incumbent upon the government to at least try to undo the mess and if at the end of it all it can be proved that certain individuals gained illegally from the debacle, then they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

M.J. Aston, Spring Hill .

Support in school race appreciated

At this time of Thanksgiving I am reminded of how fortunate I was to have been a recent candidate for School Board. I would like to extend a warm thank you to all the members of our community who supported me during my candidacy. Be it through your donations, lending your business or home for a sign, campaigning on my behalf and certainly through casting your vote for me, I was continually reminded what an honor it was to be a candidate here in Hernando County.

I also thank the many candidates I met on the campaign trail for their dedication to working to improve our community. I also wish Mr. James Yant, as the new member of the School Board, much success. I know I am a better person having gone through this process and having met so many great members of our community!

Gene Magrini, Spring Hill

Officials sent jobs out of county

I'm a Florida native who has resided in Hernando County since 1985. Over the years I have watched Hernando County grow and prosper; now I'm watching Hernando County suffer with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

I was shocked to find out that the county has selected an out-of-county firm for the Peck Sink Park project while there is a local qualified firm that was considered, but passed over. The county's choice has taken jobs away from Hernando County residents. I feel the county commissioners need to revisit this project and support local jobs in Hernando County.

Chris Stewart, Spring Hill

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Fertilizers, mine suspected in algae bloom in Hernando bay 11/25/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 3:53pm]

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