Re: City of Brooksville
Let the county take over city
It is a pitiful joke that the Brooksville council calls itself a "city." Brooksville, located in Hernando County, has a population of about 5,000. It has about 112 employees. Spring Hill, on the other side of the county has a population of about 60,000 and it is not an incorporated city.
I say get rid of Brooksville as an independent little jerkwater town and let the services provided be incorporated into the Hernando County Government. You could get rid of the high-paid council and other overhead, transfer about 60 to 70 of the working-class folks to the county payroll and save about $1.5 million per year.
Brooksville has done nothing to beautify or encourage tourism and is just there stroking the egos of the "city" council. Let it go away.
W. D. Carpenter, Brooksville
Re: Hospice gains new name June 16 story
A new name, but the same services
What's in a name? Everything.
Reputation. Character. Memories. The hospice you have come to know as Hernando-Pasco Hospice over the last 25 years has made a change. Our new name is HPH Hospice.
No, it's not that different, but it will take a little bit of getting used to, especially since we've had it since 1984.
We are still the same not-for-profit, community-based hospice that provides care, comfort and support to individuals affected by a life-limiting illness regardless of their ability to pay. Our offices, Hospice Houses and Hospice Care Centers are in the same places throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. And, our patients and families can expect to see the same staff and volunteers today, tomorrow and the day after.
So, why the name change? It was time.
When HPH Hospice began serving Citrus County residents in 2005, leaving out that county's name just didn't seem right. Still, we wanted to retain a big part of our agency's past. So, as many people have referred to us as HPH over the years, it seemed sensible to choose that abbreviation as our new name and add Hospice to it.
The candle has long been our hospice's symbol and the signature color was teal. Now, look for forest green and gold when you see HPH Hospice on literature, our Web site, signs and staff or volunteer badges. As in the past, the candle is the "i" in hospice. When you see that trademark, you can be assured that you are connecting with your longtime neighbor, HPH Hospice.
We're still here, we're still growing and we're more committed than ever to being there when you need us most.
Thank you for allowing us to be of assistance to you and your loved ones in a time of great need over the past quarter of a century. From being with you at the bedside to preparing a home-cooked meal, the privilege has and continues to be ours.
Tom Barb, HPH Hospice president and chief executive officer
Re: School Board leans against tax hike as options weighed | June 17, article
Accountability, but only at times
Wednesday's article expressing an interest by some members of the Hernando County School Board to investigate the admissions policies of Nature Coast Technical High School contains more than a little irony.
Regular readers of this newspaper might be perplexed by statements made by board members Dianne Bonfield and Sandra Nicholson. "I want to see where the accountability lies," said Bonfield. Nicholson said "To find out where the breakdown occurred may be beneficial to everyone, I don't want to turn a blind eye to it."
How long ago was it when board members James Yant and Pat Fagan also expressed the importance of clarity and accountability but Bonfield and Nicholson were among a trio of indifferent board members? I'm referring, of course, to the second occasion when superintendent Wayne Alexander opted to seek employment out-of-state but failed, for the second time, to notify the board, in violation of his contract.
The superintendent's duplicitous actions and dismissive statements were an expression of contempt and disrespect not only to the School Board but to all teachers, students and parents. We deserve accountability on all substantive issues.
Thankfully, Fagan and Yant offered voices of reason and said it was time for the board to find a new school superintendent — on the timetable of Hernando County schools — not on the whims of someone whose bags have been packed for some time.
But on that issue, Bonfield, Nicholson and board member John Sweeney remained silent. Their concern then for accountability was conspicuous by its absence.
Gregg Laskoski, Spring Hill