Re: Quarry development
Use local labor for new homes
If the county would require anyone receiving building permits to use 95 percent local labor this might almost make sense. But, unfortunately, we will have more empty houses built by contractors from outside the county and possibly out of state. In the meantime our unemployment rate will continue to climb.
There are those of us who moved to Hernando during the building boom who really love living here but need jobs. How about some help on that?
Victoria Sidlauskas, Brooksville
Re: Weeki Wachee High School
School names can be links to history
I was happy to see that the name of the new high school would have some semblance or connection to our local history.
Either way, Weeki Wachee or Chassahowitzka are both Indian names, and related to the Indian history of this area. They are much better than the plain, unimaginative, overused names like Northwest, Pine Ridge or Highland High School. There must be over 100 schools of similar names in the country.
However, despite my reluctant acceptance of the two final selections, I must admit I am still disappointed that no one on the School Board or on the committee came up with any name connected to our deep and long history with Spain. They could have chosen names from the Spanish explorers, the conquistadores, artists, singers and scientists. Remember, we have our own Hispanic county name of Hernando, named after Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer who landed in Tampa Bay and walked through the areas now called Hillsborough, Pasco, Sumter, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Granted, we have Hernando High School in Brooksville, but why could not the committee have come up with names that also combined an element of education, connected to geography or science?
What about the names of the Spanish explorers Cortes, Coronado, Ponce de Leon, Pizarro, Fray Tomas de Belanga, Vasco de Gama, etc.? Or artists like El Greco, Picasso, Miro, Goya and Dali? Could I say more?
Or political leaders like Isabella of Castile, Ferdinand II or Charles I or V of Spain? What about those beautiful and elegant cities, and pleasant sounding names of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Malaga, Valencia, Cordoba or Salamanca?
And the great Spanish authors and poets Cervantes, Fray Luis de Leon, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Garcilaso de la Vega, Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor and on and on. What romance! And in the heights of music, such as Pau Casals, Andres Segovia, Tomas Luis de Victoria; and the opera singers Placido Domingo or Montserrat Caballe.
Now I can only dream. It is over. I can hardly wait for the next high school to be built and named!
Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill
Hernando needs cable competition | Dec. 16 letter
Ditch pricey cable for satellite TV
If the writer converted to satellite TV, his television viewing problems would be over. I have had satellite TV for 15 years or thereabouts and it is cheaper than cable and the service I get is excellent.
The fact that the picture breaks up during rainstorms is less and less. Customer service is excellent and immediate. It was the same when I was with another satellite company.
Join the 21st century and become a satellite TV viewer. The dishes are very small and can be accommodated almost anywhere, I believe.
Gillian Maden, Spring Hill
Fasano clinic will attract homeless
There was a picture of Sen. Mike Fasano in the Times and he was smiling like a crocodile. No wonder — he just opened a new $7.5 million building with his name on it. This structure was erected to withstand 190 mph winds.
When there are no emergency situations the building will be a clinic for the low-income or uninsured. Low-income and uninsured equates to homeless. Hundreds of homeless live in and around Hudson in the woods. There is a lot of undeveloped property around the new shelter where they can live and be close to the clinic.
How would you like to show up at the hurricane shelter and find 1,000 nonworking, nontax paying people waiting to ride out the storm? Energy and maintenance alone will be $75,000 a year. Guess who picks up that tab?
Sen. Fasano, I hope these folks are registered voters. I am and I use my vote. Remember, "If you build it, they will come.''
Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey
Few will benefit from new shelter
There is a hurricane in my district; I need to find a shelter quickly. Hey, there is a new one somewhere in Hudson. Let's see, what bus goes there? Or train? Maybe I will need a cab.
It holds 1,000 people. So, what happens to all the others who may need shelter? Oh, well, at least the senator got his name on a building. That will make a great memorial.
D.G. Murray, New Port Richey