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Hernando County Fair Association deserves praise

Fair association deserves praise

Well, the Hernando County Fair Association came up with a way to get extra money. My congratulations to the association.

Of course, someone who didn't think of the idea is upset. Well, in this day and age of budget cuts, it is great that someone thinks of ways to get extra money. Give them praise not harassment.

Maybe this year there can be a decent fair. I have lived here 10 years and, so far, the fair has been the pits.

In case this thought hasn't crossed your mind, these people at the fairgrounds spend money. They have to buy supplies. When they get ready to leave they have to stock up on all the essentials. Can the stores in Brooksville afford to lose this income?

Shirley Saxton, Brooksville

Tell legislators to stand up for us all

As a retired educator and as chairman of the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee, I call upon our legislators to make decisions based on the welfare of the citizens of this state.

We need legislators who are willing to speak for the thousands of uninsured children, the increasing numbers of families on food stamps, and the growing numbers of the unemployed. School budgets continue to be slashed and pay is cut for staff and teachers, while our university system continues to slide into mediocrity.

I find it unconscionable that wealthy individuals and corporations are able to purchase tax exempt skyboxes at athletic events while our education system is decimated.

It filled me with pride, recently, to read that some Hernando County administrators would forgo their small pay increases in order to decrease necessary cuts to the local school budget. Then we read the announcement that the taxpayers will pay $13.1 million to ensure that the 1,100 state employees making $100,000 or more will continue to receive their regular salary, plus fully paid insurance premiums! Yes, this includes Gov. Crist, and the insurance goes to the entire Legislature and staff.

A politician chooses the path of least resistance that will ensure the largest donations during the next election. A leader, on the other hand, chooses the path that will best serve the needs of the citizens. To those legislators who would rather raise campaign funds than adequately fund our children's education, then let them hear our voice!

Make your will known by contacting Rep. Rob Schenck, Sen. Paula Dockery or Sen. Mike Fasano. Their contact information is at www.myfloridahouse.gov/for Schenck and at www.flsenate.gov/ for the senators.

Cy Wingrove, Brooksville

Details of child porn best left out

You recently reported on a man accused of having child porn. I agree that this is news. The accused was named and the status of his whereabouts was made public. This information is also news and serves the public interest.

However, I was appalled that you shared the details of the materials with which the accused was caught. I feel that your description of the child pornography found in the possession of the accused would be defined as pornography for a pedophile.

I fear that some pedophile is reading and re-reading the article for demented pleasure, don't you?

Lisa Cornett, Spring Hill

Spring Hill finally gets it right | March 8 editorial

Dispatchers are more than 'help'

I am appalled at a so-called journalist referring to dedicated public servants as "hired help."

I understood the editorial and the point of view, but it lost all credibility when the author referred to the dispatchers as hired help.

This newspaper continues to lack professionalism and will become less and less effective in informing, without bias, the citizens of this area.

John Klinefelter, Clearwater

>>Your voice counts

We welcome letters from readers for publication. To send a letter from your computer, go to www.tampabay.com/letters and fill in the required information. Type your letter in the space provided on the form, specify that you are writing the Hernando section of the newspaper, and then click "submit." You also may cut and paste a letter that you have prepared elsewhere in your computer.

If you prefer, you may fax your letter to (352) 754-6133, or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

All letters should be brief and must include the writer's name, city of residence, mailing address and telephone number. When possible, letters should include a handwritten signature. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be printed. The Times does not publish anonymous letters.

Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

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Hernando County Fair Association deserves praise

Fair association deserves praise

Well, the Hernando County Fair Association came up with a way to get extra money. My congratulations to the association.

Of course, someone who didn't think of the idea is upset. Well, in this day and age of budget cuts, it is great that someone thinks of ways to get extra money. Give them praise not harassment.

Maybe this year there can be a decent fair. I have lived here 10 years and, so far, the fair has been the pits.

In case this thought hasn't crossed your mind, these people at the fairgrounds spend money. They have to buy supplies. When they get ready to leave they have to stock up on all the essentials. Can the stores in Brooksville afford to lose this income?

Shirley Saxton, Brooksville

Tell legislators to stand up for us all

As a retired educator and as chairman of the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee, I call upon our legislators to make decisions based on the welfare of the citizens of this state.

We need legislators who are willing to speak for the thousands of uninsured children, the increasing numbers of families on food stamps, and the growing numbers of the unemployed. School budgets continue to be slashed and pay is cut for staff and teachers, while our university system continues to slide into mediocrity.

I find it unconscionable that wealthy individuals and corporations are able to purchase tax exempt skyboxes at athletic events while our education system is decimated.

It filled me with pride, recently, to read that some Hernando County administrators would forgo their small pay increases in order to decrease necessary cuts to the local school budget. Then we read the announcement that the taxpayers will pay $13.1 million to ensure that the 1,100 state employees making $100,000 or more will continue to receive their regular salary, plus fully paid insurance premiums! Yes, this includes Gov. Crist, and the insurance goes to the entire Legislature and staff.

A politician chooses the path of least resistance that will ensure the largest donations during the next election. A leader, on the other hand, chooses the path that will best serve the needs of the citizens. To those legislators who would rather raise campaign funds than adequately fund our children's education, then let them hear our voice!

Make your will known by contacting Rep. Rob Schenck, Sen. Paula Dockery or Sen. Mike Fasano. Their contact information is at www.myfloridahouse.gov/for Schenck and at www.flsenate.gov/ for the senators.

Cy Wingrove, Brooksville

Details of child porn best left out

You recently reported on a man accused of having child porn. I agree that this is news. The accused was named and the status of his whereabouts was made public. This information is also news and serves the public interest.

However, I was appalled that you shared the details of the materials with which the accused was caught. I feel that your description of the child pornography found in the possession of the accused would be defined as pornography for a pedophile.

I fear that some pedophile is reading and re-reading the article for demented pleasure, don't you?

Lisa Cornett, Spring Hill

Spring Hill finally gets it right | March 8 editorial

Dispatchers are more than 'help'

I am appalled at a so-called journalist referring to dedicated public servants as "hired help."

I understood the editorial and the point of view, but it lost all credibility when the author referred to the dispatchers as hired help.

This newspaper continues to lack professionalism and will become less and less effective in informing, without bias, the citizens of this area.

John Klinefelter, Clearwater

>>Your voice counts

We welcome letters from readers for publication. To send a letter from your computer, go to www.tampabay.com/letters and fill in the required information. Type your letter in the space provided on the form, specify that you are writing the Hernando section of the newspaper, and then click "submit." You also may cut and paste a letter that you have prepared elsewhere in your computer.

If you prefer, you may fax your letter to (352) 754-6133, or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

All letters should be brief and must include the writer's name, city of residence, mailing address and telephone number. When possible, letters should include a handwritten signature. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be printed. The Times does not publish anonymous letters.

Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

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