Get recycling on a sensible schedule
Most people find the idea of recycling every other week ridiculous.
Why not one day of garbage pickup and one day for recycling each week? There will no longer be a need for two trucks to run on recycling day.
Suzanne Nichols, Spring Hill
Fire official's on the right track
"If you don't ask, we don't have to tell.'' That seems to be the policy of the Spring Hill Fire Rescue. At the Spring Hill Fire Rescue meeting on April 14, newly appointed Commissioner Ben Edwards wanted Commissioner Rob Giammarco reprimanded for requesting information by e-mail.
Apparently Giammarco sends e-mail requesting information from the fire district creating an accurate paper trail so the issue is always clear, and removes any doubt about what is said by any officials of the district. Wow, a public official who wants things in writing. Commissioner Leo Jacobs stated Giammarco is violating the commission bylaws, when he asks questions.
Commissioner John Pasquale also said Giammarco should not send e-mails to the chief even when it concerns vandalism of one of our fire house signs. Chairwoman Amy Bronson suggested Commissioner Giammarco is calling Chief Michael Rampino a liar.
At the meeting, and after reviewing the recording of the tape on the Hernando County Government Broadcasting, I could not find where Commissioner Giammarco used the work ''liar'' toward the chief or anyone else. The accusation of micromanaging is certainly false. There is no evidence of him controlling, or trying to independently run the district. He was elected by the people, to be one of five commissioners to oversee the Spring Hill Fire Rescue. Part of that responsibility is to learn as much as possible about this fire district. Asking questions is the most viable method of learning about.
If there are commissioners who choose not to inquire as to the functioning of the fire district, they should step aside and let Commissioner Giammarco do his work for the public trust he was elected to perform.
Ken Fagan, Spring Hill
Let's say thanks to our angels
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 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