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Instead of spewing hate, get involved and mentor a young child

Don't spew hate, mentor a child

Reading the online comments concerning last week's homicide left me deeply saddened with members of our community. I am a proud resident of Hernando County and the comments left by my neighbors have left me alarmed at the level of ignorance and hatred.

Do you people have children? If you are so quick to say these disgusting statements? What are you saying to the impressionable minds that look up to you? Your words create an angry environment.

If you want to be a member of this community, I challenge you to get involved in Hernando County and make a difference. Mentor a young child, who does not have proper guidance and who needs support. It is the most effective way to make changes in our community. Anonymous statements online perpetuate the situation. They do not cause the change you want to see in the community.

If you have lived here long enough, you remember the early 1990s and you remember the hate and violence that existed in Brooksville during that time. Folks, we are in difficult times and it is up to us to come together as a community, and to make little changes that will eventually lead to bigger changes. The government will not fix your problems, nor will spewing hateful words much like middle school bullies.

Find an organization and contribute a few hours of your month to make events like these less common in Hernando County. The Hernando Times needs to monitor its online forums closely. Allowing this type of behavior is the same as endorsement.

Sophia Watson, Brooksville

Volunteer to live longer, feel better

April is National Volunteer Week across America, and it's a time to recognize all those volunteers in Hernando County who give of their time and talents so generously throughout the year.

While you're helping your community, the environment or other worthy causes, you're also helping your own physical and mental health. In one study, people with chronic pain who volunteered found that their pain, disability and feelings of depression all lessened from volunteering. Other research looked at more than 7,500 older U.S. residents and showed that those who were frequent volunteers had a significantly lower death rate than non-volunteers even after adjusting for health problems. They volunteer because they care about a cause or want to improve their neighborhood or the world.

Whether you volunteer with a nonprofit human service organization, at your child's school, at your house of worship, with a neighborhood group, with a sports team, at a hospital or service club; if you drive a neighbor to the store, care for a friend's children while she runs some errands, or feed the neighbor's cat while they're on vacation, the Enrichment Centers salute you!

The Enrichment Centers are a nonprofit volunteer-driven organization and are blessed with more than 150 volunteers. Our volunteers provide office help, classroom instruction, cart driving as well as many other duties. We are offering free health screenings to our community each day of volunteer week, April 11-15. This is our way of thanking you for your service.

Call our Brooksville Enrichment Center at 544-6022 or our Spring Hill Enrichment Center at 684-7568 for details. The Enrichment Centers are in the Medical Arts Buildings at Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals.

Deborah L. Walker-Druzbick, executive director, the Enrichment Centers

Sadly, Kally K's tried to hide truth

Ever since we were first taken to Kally K's one year ago, we loved eating there, too. I'm saddened also along with a recent letter writer. She is correct in saying this could happen to anyone.

However, the manager/owner said, three days after my wife and I were horribly sick for two days, she didn't receive many complaints and that the Health Department stopped by on a routine visit but left without finding anything. I'm sure she told that story to all who called when the rumors started flying. It wasn't long until the truth came out and then I became angry.

Someone could very easily have died from this virus. I am angry at the manager for being deceptive right up to the very end, when she could have done better damage control by being honest and let the facts come out. However, the Health Department did find violations of not washing hands and improper storage.

I'm sorry for what happened to Kally K's, but the management has lost our trust for how this was handled. We're taking our chances at a different restaurant now.

Neil Walsh, Spring Hill

>>Your voice counts

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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.

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.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.

Instead of spewing hate, get involved and mentor a young child 04/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 11:05pm]

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