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Juvenile Welfare Board's vote to raise taxes is outrageous

Re: Juvenile Welfare Board votes for tax hike | story, July 23

Welfare Board's actions heinous

The taxpayers of Pinellas County should be outraged at the Juvenile Welfare Board vote to increase its millage rate. Knowing full well that the people have amended our state Constitution to reduce property taxes, this nonrecallable board slaps all of us in the face.

The JWB's mission is basically a charitable endeavor, not a true county-mandated function. The JWB was voted on more than 40 years ago and has misused its taxing authority often.

We, as taxpayers, must petition the Pinellas legislative delegation to sunset all taxing authorities that do not have directly recallable boards. I don't know how County Commissioner Ken Welch (a member of the JWB board) voted, but I will certainly find out and be active if he seeks re-election.

Rocco Capabianco, Palm Harbor

Re: Juvenile Welfare Board votes for tax hike | story, July 23

Board trampling on Amendment 1

How can the voters' wishes be ignored? How can the Juvenile Welfare Board vote to raise property taxes? Did Amendment 1 say "Except for those who want to raise property taxes for their programs, taxes will be reduced"?

Perhaps we need an Idiot's Tea Party. It seems that taxation without representation has evolved.

Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater

Re: For better or worse, Spam's popular again | Diane Steinle column, July 23

Spam saved us then and will do so now

I wonder how many younger persons started reading the article thinking it had to do with computer "spam"? That was the first thing I thought of, and I read it, wondering why computer spam would deserve a place in your column.

However, as I continued to read the column, it brought back some memories from 1955, when we were stationed in Alaska with the U.S. Air Force. Spam canned meat was a good meal with fried potatoes and a salad.

It seemed like the last week of every month, we ate C rations (as they were called), because the monthly check was gone by then. We didn't borrow money unless it was necessary, so we ate what we had and didn't know we were poor. We were broke until the first of the month, and survived, just like you did on Spam in your college years.

It was a good memory, so thanks for letting us know how blessed we are today.

Fran Glaros-Sharp, Clearwater

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