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Let Pinellas County Sheriff deputies' personal lives be just that

Deputies' private life is just that

The Pasco Times has now dropped to a new low. An article tells us how two Pinellas Sheriff's deputies engaged in a romantic relationship during their off duty hours. We learned the salacious details of their first romantic encounter all the way to the fact that the woman became pregnant. The added bonus was that we learned how much they were paid as law enforcement officers and their ages (well over 21).

If this woman was named Smith or Jones; we would never have seen this. However, she is the grown daughter of Pasco Sheriff Bob White. Both Pinellas deputies received letters of reprimand. Equally newsworthy, I do not recall reading how Deputy Amy White was promoted from road deputy to detective. Will her letters of commendation be reported as well as this letter?

Every day she and thousands of other officers put on a badge and place their lives on the line to keep us safe. My concern is that they do their duty on the job. What they do off duty in their personal life is none of our concern. I am not ready to submit to the moral guidelines of others. We should know what is right and wrong for us in our lives. I do not need big brother telling me who to love and how not to love.

Hugh Townsend, New Port Richey

Bank is adopting Aloha tactics

Regions Bank now is in cahoots with Aloha Utilities management and employing unnecessary and unethical tactics to deplete the customers refund escrow account.

Am South Bank (now Regions Bank) has held a customers refund in a joint escrow account for the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Aloha Utilities for about seven years. Several weeks ago, in a very unprincipled move, Aloha with the help of Regions Bank management took the customers' funds without approval or knowledge of the PSC, which is the joint signatory for the customers' escrow account. After days of protest by the PSC of the unscrupulous transfer of funds, the customers' funds were surprisingly returned to the escrow account.

Regions Bank has hired the law firm of Trenam Kemker to file an "interpleader lawsuit" to allow the customers' money to again be removed from the escrow account and turned over to an account with the court. The Regions Bank acknowledges that the attorney is entitled to recover fees and cost associated with filing an interpleader, and those fees and cost may be awarded from the funds in dispute. They further advise that the clerk of the court also deducts a fee from the funds.

What is most appalling and spiteful about Regions Bank management is that they insist on disposition by April 17, four days before the PSC decides the disposition of the funds. This timing creates unnecessary legal fees. Waiting four days would be fairer to both the stockholders and to the customers.

Wayne Forehand, Trinity

Regions Bank's lawsuit is unfair

We have known for years how unethical and greedy Aloha Utilities is. Now we find they have an accomplice in Regions Bank. Aloha share owners are attempting to appropriate through legal maneuvering the escrowed funds that rightfully belong to the Aloha customers.

Regions Bank executives are standing right alongside them, aiding and abetting this action by threatening to file a lawsuit that will grab the funds that belong to customers who have suffered 10 plus years of black water and arrogance.

Time is of the essence! The Regions Bank vice president has told us they will file their suit even before the PSC rules on who should receive the escrowed funds. The Regions Bank's vice president threatens customers that the bank will file suit and deduct the legal fees from the escrowed fund. Let the bank management know we will not tolerate this attitude.

William F. Humphrey, Trinity

Re: DUI patrols

DUI patrols pose danger on roads

It is all well and good for these agencies to form so-called wolf packs to catch people who are driving drunk. However, last Friday, I was coming home from work around 11:30 p.m. driving about the speed limit on U.S. 19 in the middle lane. The next thing I know I am jamming on my brakes because a Florida Highway Patrol car cut me off and moved directly in front of me. This all happened so fast.

I looked to my right to move over and an unmarked car was passing me on the right to apprehend another driver that was also in the right-hand lane, there was also another car in the left lane so I could not move over anywhere. It was only inches between me and the Florida Highway Patrol car and I almost ended up a part of his trunk.

I am sure if law enforcement would have observed this kind of driving from a private citizen, tickets would have been issued for reckless driving. Catching drunk drivers is one thing, but when the catching puts law-abiding drivers at risk from law enforcement, something has to be said. Unfortunately, I did not get the tag number of the Florida Highway Patrol unit. But I wish I had.

Susan Falcone, Hudson

Don't let bottlers take out water

How can Nestle/Zephyrhills still take water from a spring in Pasco County when we have a drought? We are limited to watering only a little and maybe less in the future and other water restrictions.

I've seen many articles on how they were able to do this, but no solution to the problem. Maybe alerting more people to the problem will help us save our water. This is only a little step but with other suggestions we might help find solutions to this dilemma.

Dave Cook, Port Richey

Change rules for ailing teacher

After reading Jodie Tillman's story on the plight of veteran teacher Connie Duffy, I have been enraged and sickened. I cannot erase from my mind the picture of an obviously ill Ms. Duffy on the sofa in the teacher break room, and I am horrified at a system that would allow this inhumanity to occur. I too am a veteran teacher in Pasco County, and at times I have disagreed with district decisions; however, this is the first time I have ever felt ashamed of the system for which I work.

As the article stated, teachers are given the opportunity to donate only one day per year to the bank; however, in some cases those hours simply are not enough. I would like to propose a solution. Instead of the district's committee members wringing their hands and acknowledging what a "sad situation" it is, the district should amend the rules governing the sick bank to allow teachers to donate their time to specific employees. I have several hundred sick hours available and believe I should be able to donate that time to any teacher in need within the district.

Ms. Duffy has dedicated her life to teaching the children of this district, yet the district has turned its back on her. If the district we serve will not care for us, it should at least have the common decency to allow us to take care of each other.

Karen Lawlor, New Port Richey

Let Pinellas County Sheriff deputies' personal lives be just that 04/13/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 13, 2009 7:26pm]
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