Help clean up Embassy Hills
I hope residents of Embassy Hills in Port Richey will take notice that it is time to kick crime out of our neighborhood. A television station ran a story about our neighborhood and how it is being taken over by drugs and crime. They also showed how abandoned houses are turning into havens for transients.
It is time for the good people of Embassy Hills to start taking our streets back before it is too late. If you see drug deals, take down the license plates of all cars involved and give it to the Sheriff's Office. You can do this anonymously. Watch your neighbor's home, especially if it has been foreclosed on. Transients like to break into these homes and do their drugs under candlelight.
The police are overwhelmed. They need our help and I promise you that eventually your children will be able to enjoy Lake Lisa Park. I am not saying that all teens at the park are bad. We need their help too. If you see other teens vandalizing the park, tell them to stop. Do you really want thugs and punks around your little brothers and sisters? The basketball courts are for all to enjoy. Don't allow harassment by anyone. All it takes is one teen thug to give a bad reputation to all teens.
This is our neighborhood. I have seen Embassy Hills go from a beautiful neighborhood where people walked and rode the streets without fear to a ghetto in the making where crime is the norm. I know I want it to be beautiful again. Those against what I am saying are the ones we don't want in our neighborhood.
J. Everhart, Port Richey
Veterans don't deserve delays
I am the financial officer of the American Veterans Post 9 on Black Lake Road, Odessa. We have attempted to build a new building to improve our standing in the community. Buildings have been constructed around us at Suncoast Crossings and Gunn Highway, yet our construction has been impeded for seven months.
A question arises: Does Pasco County or the state of Florida dislike veterans organizations or is there something else involved? Perhaps a small veterans post on a small road is too insignificant for the county or state to recognize.
Our latest holdup is waiting for a health inspector to come out because she is attending classes for two days. My post has been shut down for almost a month. Our post contributes to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Domiciliary service that helps homeless veterans regain their sense of direction and places them back into society's work force, to the Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home, to our sons, daughters and neighbors in the Middle East, to disabled veterans returning home, and we do other charity work.
Our post works for veterans but each day that the state and county keeps us closed, we lose the ability to generate income to continue our work.
I find the state and county delays and lack of cooperation toward us inexcusable and reprehensible, and it shows a total lack of respect for the veterans of the United States.
David A. Walker, Odessa