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Keep cannery open as it is an asset to Hernando County

Cannery an asset to the county

Why would anyone even suggest that the cannery be shut down?

This wonderful place will teach you how to can all the fresh vegetables that we have locally available during different seasons of the year. They even help you do it.

As you go through the process there is a strong connection to the past. This was the way food was preserved before refrigeration.

Our grandmothers spent many days during the year putting up food, the quality of which cannot be matched by anything that comes in a can. In fact, the county ought to be so proud of this wonderful facility and its staff that they should advertise its availability to our residents. I believe our cannery is one of only three in the entire state.

If the county bean counters have need to cut the budget, they could put the cannery on a pay-for-use plan. Charge maybe $5 per visit to help offset the cost of operation.

All of our county services should be put on a pay-as-you-use plan. The boat ramps, the fishing pier, skateboard park, beach, library and all other recreational facilities. If you play, you pay.

That way the people who use these facilities are the people who pay to maintain them. That's how I think it should be.

Donald Montgomery, Brooksville

Homes protected against 'Big One'

We would like to thank the Times and staff writer Jodie Tillman for acknowledging the new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mike Fasano and myself, which is aimed at reducing homeowners insurance premiums. We are proud of this bipartisan effort with Pasco Commissioner Michael Cox to require regulators and insurers to consider reducing rates in counties that have tougher building codes and a way to track sinkhole claims.

However, we would like to offer clarification on one point in the article concerning sinkhole (catastrophic ground coverage collapse) coverage. Two years ago, the Legislature allowed Citizens to issue policies to all residents of Pasco and Hernando counties which contained only "catastrophic ground coverage collapse" coverage, and allowed customers the option to purchase an endorsement adding sinkhole coverage. This law gave Citizens policyholders substantial discounts, but protected them against a home becoming uninhabitable due to massive ground failure.

Our new legislation allows private insurers to do the same thing in these two counties, thereby giving policyholders the same opportunity to obtain significant discounts on their private insurer homeowners policies.

Therefore, even if residents opt out of purchasing an endorsement adding sinkhole coverage (often aimed at dealing with more cosmetic rather than structural damage) in hopes of lowering their premiums, they will still be protected against a catastrophic ground cover collapse that would make their home uninhabitable.

It is our hope that this legislation will provide much needed economic relief to our residents in the form of reduced rates while still providing them the peace of mind that they will be protected in the event of a sinkhole — massive ground failure occurrence. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact my office any time.

Rep. John Legg, District 46, Port Richey

Train workers on recycling efforts

Like many other like-minded citizens in Spring Hill, I painstakingly separate my plastics bottles, aluminum and steel cans, cardboard and newspapers into the green and blue recycle bins that the county has provided us. I have two children, so the amount of weekly trash would easily include two large waste barrels if we did not recycle. In fact, by my estimate, I have reduced my waste by 50 to 60 percent due to recycling. Or so I thought.

On Saturday, I witnessed, in horror, as the waste attendant threw all the contents of both recyclable bins and waste barrel into the back of the garbage truck. I had just spent at least 15 to 20 minutes the night before breaking down boxes, weeding out the wrong kinds of plastic and carefully loading my bins. This weekly routine actually makes me feel good, like I am doing something for the environment and the county, which has to make room in the landfill for our trash.

Instead, I was horrified to watch my good feelings loaded in the garbage truck, presumably headed to the landfill. Moreover, the county pays a surcharge to Waste Management to have curbside recycling. If this is Waste Management's idea of recycling, there is a real problem.

I immediately called Waste Management, who assured me that this was not standard practice. I was told that my complaint would be sent to the supervisor and I would be notified of the outcome. That is fine, and I am sure that Waste Management will take care of the problem. But what kind of training do the waste attendants receive that would make them think that everything at the curb goes into the garbage truck? Did he not see the green and blue recycle logos on the sides of the bins? How is it possible that Waste Management's own employees are not aware of the recycling program?

It is mind-boggling.

Joe Haber, Spring Hill

Young grad an inspiration to all

I would like to congratulate the young man, Trollis Williams, for his dedication and perseverance in obtaining his high school diploma. The article stated that his family is extremely proud of him and that pride is completely justified. As a community, we should be proud of him as well.

Thanks to the wisdom of his guidance counselor, Amanda Rodriguez, and the support from his loving family, he was able to achieve his goal.

Trollis mentioned that he was embarrassed returning to school for the fifth year. He certainly has nothing to be embarrassed about and everything to be proud of. What an inspiration he is for every student who struggles with their studies!

I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors and I hope we see another article about him graduating from nursing school in a few years!

Loretta Pizzo, Spring Hill

Narconon in good location to help

I see some people are upset about this new center — Narconon. Well, I'm really upset about the fact that two young people I cared a lot about overdosed on drugs. How many more kids need to die?

I used to drive by where the center is and saw these great buildings with no occupants for years. This is a perfect place for a group like this and it is out of the way. It's not in the middle of a residential area at all. I've asked around and all I heard was this area has drug dealers, too. Maybe they'll leave and the area will become safe again.

Karen Kettner, Hernando Beach

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Keep cannery open as it is an asset to Hernando County 06/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 8, 2009 6:50pm]
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