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Hernando letters: Commissioners are wrong to unceremoniously cut Pat Fagan's parks director position

Official won't leave quietly Feb. 24

Fagan deserves to keep his dignity

Our Hernando County commissioners should be ashamed of themselves for unceremoniously dumping Parks Director Pat Fagan just short of his retirement.

Mr. Fagan devoted 33 years of his life to Hernando County and should have been allowed to end his career with dignity. And the commissioners didn't even thank him for a job well done as they kicked him to the curb!

Mr. Fagan, please be assured that my family, my friends and I all know you provided loyal and worthy service to Hernando County, and we thank you and we wish you the best.

George Foster, Brooksville

Financial woes need a better fix

I've known Pat Fagan for more years than I would like to think about. I would be hard put to think of someone whose heart and soul has gone into Hernando County like his.

That this is the only solution to the financial woes of Parks and Recreation Department and of the county is mind boggling at the least. Is this really the best we can do?

Trust me, if I woke up tomorrow morning and saw the headlines in the Times, "No More Taxes," I would join you in doing cartwheels in the front yard! I am afraid this is not likely to happen. I think the people of the county know better down deep. Let's work together and solve this.

Rev. James Marsh, Spring Hill

Training to curb underage drinking | Feb. 27

Yes to education in lieu of jail time

The concept behind Brooksville police integrating education in lieu of incarceration is progressive and a wonderful utilization of common sense policing. Some of these convenience store clerks/owners may very well know the law and are skirting it in pursuit of the profit margin, but once they have been officially placed upon law enforcement's radar screen the likelihood of remediation is high.

Of course the others who simply may be a bit oblivious to Florida statutes will also benefit by Brooksville Police Department's educational program. The fact that if they do not show up for their mandatory training will result in the filing of charges ensures responsibility on their part. The enforcement of misdemeanor law should require law enforcement to offer correction in lieu of incarceration and/or steep civil fines. This concept should certainly be practiced in traffic enforcement as well.

Congratulations to Lt. Hankins for being a forward and progressive police professional.

Robert J. Sullivan, Brooksville

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Hernando letters: Commissioners are wrong to unceremoniously cut Pat Fagan's parks director position 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:33pm]
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