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Lawmaker either wrong or not truthful about HB 7189

Teachers bill proving to be a battle of wills | April 7 article

Lawmaker either wrong or lying

In the article, Rep. Rob Schenck said that HB 7189 is "a victim of misinformation." He went on to say, "Every (current) teacher can keep their tenure, no teacher is going to take a pay cut, no teacher is going to lose their differential pay for an advanced degree."

HB 7189 is posted on the Web under Florida government sites and contradicts what Rep. Schenck stated. HB 7189 states, "The bill requires school districts to adopt a salary schedule that compensates instructional personnel solely based upon performance appraisals and prohibits districts from using years of service or degrees held in setting salary schedules."

Either Rep. Schenck neglected to read HB 7189 carefully, or he is promoting the exact misinformation pertaining to this bill that he complained about in the article. Who is telling the truth? I suggest that everyone access this bill online and learn the truth.

The truth will set all of us free! We will remember this truth when we vote this year for our elected officials.

Frances Costa, Elfers

Education, health reforms similar

I can't help but notice the similarities between the president and Democrats cramming health care down our throats and Florida Republicans ramming SB 6 through. Let me preface this by saying I don't support either.

Opponents of both supposed reforms argue that these policies will not increase quality. Slashing funding is not the answer and of course opponents say we will lose quality doctors, nurses and teachers.

The only difference I see is the way they are being treated by the media. So far opponents of education reform haven't been called anarchist, racist or told that they just want Republicans to fail.

Calvin Johnson, New Port Richey

No explanation for water outages

I have Aqua America as my water company, which serves only three neighborhoods in Pasco County. Once a week, we have a water outage for some reason or another.

When you call the company to report the outage, all you get is a hangup. That is a great way to do business, right? But don't pay your bill on time and within 24 hours you're guaranteed to be shut off.

I used to have Pasco County Utilities as our water provider before we moved here. We never had the problem that we have encountered here.

D. Benjamin, Port Richey

Come honor our fallen veterans

For more than 30 years, the Hudson American Legion Post 335 in New Port Richey and more recently with the AmVets Post 16 in New Port Richey, has, on every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, performed a ceremony, including rifle salute, for our fallen comrades at the Hudson Cemetery.

For the past several years our post also mowed, maintained, replaced the American and POW/MIA flags and placed small flags on each veteran's grave buried there prior to these ceremonies. We all want to thank Luke Brothers for their support.

The American Legion and AmVets would like to invite everyone to attend one of our ceremonies to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who fought and died for our freedom. This may be one of the only cemeteries in our area to have a veteran from the Spanish American War buried there.

The Memorial Day ceremony is 11 a.m. May 31 and the Veterans Day ceremony is 11 a.m. Nov 11.

Tom Holbrook, commander, Hudson American Legion Post 335

Other areas want softball complex

The proposed softball complex has received a lot of well-deserved attention. The comments against far outnumber the comments for the softball complex. Why start out with an adversarial relationship?

There are areas of the county that want and need such a complex with adequate room for expansion while maintaining a decent noise and light barrier, not to mention the traffic problems that will arise. Thank you Commissioner Jack Mariano for your always honest, straightforward answers to questions from this community.

Robert Beyer, Trinity

Determined for Seafest's success

Abut 30 years ago, I along with King Helie, Judy Vincent and our spouses visited the small town of Cedar Key to try to get some ideas for a fundraiser. They had a mullet fish fry. Thus was born the Hudson Seafest.

We began small at various locations including the Port Hudson Marina, Winn-Dixie on U.S. 19, the Brown Derby on State Road 52, the old Cox Lumber, the Outlet Mall and more recently at the USA Fleamarket on SR 52 and U.S. 19.

We used the proceeds from the event to do great things in Hudson. We had a network of sidewalks built (we pay for annual maintenance), had street lights installed (we pay the power charges), planted 200 palm trees and got involved with many local charities and gave scholarships to worthy youths.

For some reasons, the economy being one, our group has regressed. Last year, we attempted a smaller Seafest with no success. Now, it's time to make a move and we are doing it now. With some new members and a new board and some great ideas, we are determined to rebound and once again turn the Hudson Seafest into the community leader it once was.

We invite businesses and individuals to join us. Call 862-1272. This year's event is Nov. 5-7 at the USA Fleamarket.

Al Meyer, Hudson

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