Our county lacks vision, leadership
I would like to thank the editor and those who wrote those letters to the editor on July 8. It was my friend Pat who brought it to my attention that there was an underlying thread in the letters by Mr. LoCicero on wants vs. needs, Mr. Delgorio on the lack of vision, Ms. Kloran on old geezer thinking, and Mr. Gries, also on vision. Their letters tell that we are sorely lacking in vision and leadership in this county.
My question: "Is the citizens' only concern where they will lay their heads after the passing of their time? Or are we going to give birth to life and offer individuals a place where they can grow and enjoy life?''
We do not a need $90-million monument to honor the county administrator, or more old geezer patrols, or complacent leaders who frolic in partisan politics, blaming each other and getting nothing done.
We are all tired of the blame game. The old geezers need the younger families and vice versa.
Where is our vision? Such as, I have not heard more on the vision of one man who wants to build a machine- and tool-making industry in this county. This is a special niche that would really benefit this county. I assume that his idea will die, as many others have.
Then, THE Bus, which is much maligned, could be an asset to bring more business into this county. It is workable.
How about upgrading our education system to bring trades and economics here? Honestly, forget the FCAT; it is a joke when all year long the students lose out in preparing for a test rather than learning something meaningful for their life skills. What a waste of student talent and teacher talent!
We are all losers because we let ourselves be led down partisan ways, missing the opportunity to make this county a thriving place where all ages can live and enjoy their lives.
The opportunities are golden, but we close our eyes to these with our petty bickering over who is dumber, the Democrats or the Republicans.
I take my hat is off to the authors who brought their thoughts to the table. Thanks. I listened.
Fred Peters, Brooksville
Keep sports in middle schools
As a parent of five children in the Hernando County school system, I feel it is very important to have sports for the children during their middle school years. The children become bored, and many of them find other things to do with their time, which leads many into trouble.
Children look forward to becoming sixth-graders so they can take the extracurricular activities that we offer for them. Children work harder at maintaining good grades so they can be part of a team representing their school.
I feel it is very important to keep sports in middle school, as many of Hernando County's children are less fortunate and may not be able to afford to play sports at the YMCA or a county recreation department because of a lack of finances. Children should be able to play for their school without questions about anything other than grades.
Our children need things to do after school other than homework. After-school activities (sports) can benefit children in many ways, such as socializing with other children and coaches, exercise, discipline (playing by the rules) and, most of all, self-confidence (building self-esteem).
I hope the School Board will reconsider eliminating middle school sports. Our children would be devastated.
Linda Tacy, Spring Hill