Impact fees too important to lose
Hernando County needs to keep our impact fees. They help to mitigate the infrastructure cost when we do add population.
We have to face reality. The housing industry as we thought we saw it several years ago is gone. There was never a customer base to support it. That became obvious when the collapse occurred and we found that many large developments were not selling to resident owners. When the world economy recovers, $4-per-gallon gasoline will return. People are not going to commute from Tampa/St. Pete to Hernando at those prices.
Hernando County has a lot to offer and build on. We need to build a solid economic foundation based on our assets. This will probably be small to mid-sized businesses based near the airport and transportation hubs. We also have wonderful ecological assets here. Ecotourism could be a real opportunity if we don't destroy the environment required to support it.
Putting government energy into trying to restore an industry with no customers is irresponsible. Most people in the construction industry need to find a new skill or a new location. That may seem to be unfair and harsh, but it is also reality.
Mitch Almon, Brooksville
Proposed bills seem unethical
At a time such as this, when one wonders when the next unethical bombshell will fall from the bays of our elected representatives, these two bills, HB 1121 and SB 2108, come to the fore.
Our courts must be free from even the perception of impropriety. Let our judges perform their judicial tasks and not be placed in a position of collectors of fines and custodians of records.
Chuck Fightmaster, Spring Hill
Cutting teachers' pay not answer
I can't believe the only alternative for the Hernando County School district is to cut teacher's pay by 5 percent because of the tightened economy and budget shortfall. Superintendent Wayne Alexander states the classroom is most important, yet he and the School Board look to cut teachers' pay by 5 percent. Why hurt the teacher?
The largest expense is not the schooling but the busing of the children who live as close as a mile away from school. I live on a leader street where every day my neighbor has counted 23 buses going to Springstead High. The simple solution is to pick up only those children who live 5 miles from their school.
The only requirement of the public school system is to provide equal education to all, not to pick up a child as close as eight blocks from school and return them to some corner for the parent to continue driving them home. How ridiculous? I see it every day, 13 cars on my corner bringing their children to wait 10 to 15 minutes for some bus to pick them up and then the same 10 to 15 minutes in the afternoon. What is being accomplished here? Providing jobs to school bus drivers and the costly expense of the buses, that's what is being accomplished. In those 15 minutes, that parent could have taken that child to school.
Why not put it to the parents here in Spring Hill: Drive your child to school since they already have driven them halfway to the bus stop anyway.
End this absurd pattern. Fewer buses obviously means more money in the budget for the teachers and for providing a better education.
Lou Varga, Spring Hill
Ordinances need to be enforced
What do you have to do in Hernando County to get county ordinances enforced?
I have lived beside a neighbor who has had a rooster crowing all day long for years. If I call Animal Control, they say it's the code enforcement department. If I call them, they say it's disturbing the peace and to call the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office comes out, fills out paperwork saying its the state attorney's job to prosecute, then the state attorney sends me a back a letter saying to talk to Animal Control.
So nobody wants to enforce Chapter 6, Section 10, which states:
"No owner or harborer of an animal shall fail to exercise sufficient care and control of their animal to prevent it from becoming a public nuisance. No person shall create an animal public nuisance by any other action not defined herein."
Noah Burke, Brooksville