An officer who helped citizens
I guess it doesn't matter if you do a good job as a police officer for 23 years in Port Richey because you end up getting fired. From what I've read, it seems to be a hasty decision.
In the 19 years I've lived here, Bill Sager is one of a few police officers for the city who has consistently helped do the right thing to help us citizens. He takes personal interest in his job that I have seen for myself. Other things that many not be known to others get done by Bill to help us citizens.
One example is the day he came to my home to inform me one of my tenants had water running out of his business and into the street. The tenant happened to be away so I went down to the place and shut off the water supply to the building.
How do you replace someone who knows this city like Bill? The answer, Mr. Reade, is you don't.
Bob Clark, Port Richey
Let's allow sales of alcohol in park
Shortly after I bought my house in 2000, there was a blues concert at Sims Park. I invited some friends over, and we walked down to the park. After settling in and enjoying the music, we were ready for a brew. We couldn't find any. I asked one of the event staff where to get one, and was told I couldn't. When I asked why, I was asked if I voted. I just moved here I responded, and I got quite a laugh. I was then told the deal; the residents of the city voted to not allow any alcohol sales in the park. Ridiculous!
I agree with Mayor Scott McPherson, that alcohol sales in the park would be of benefit in more ways than one. Instead of sneaking beer in, and wasting resources of the police standing on Main Street telling crowds they can't bring beer into the park, they can set up at the inside perimeter of Sims Park, and be more effective. It's obvious how much money charities are losing but not having this opportunity.
I always thought that some day our city would be the next Dunedin with vibrant city life. It's obvious that will never happen due to past local government indifference or lack of wanting to change.
One way to start would be to let me and thousands of others to enjoy a brew with our blues
Stefan Harris, New Port Richey
What's done with school donations?
I agree with calling the people who ransacked the Mitchell High School locker room cowards. I am concerned with the mother stating each player is required to pay a $200 donation to the program.
If the varsity and junior varsity roster is 75 athletes, that is $15,000. Is it to bold to ask what is done with this money? And why does someone have to pay before they play? I thought Pasco schools already had a participation fee.
Johnny Santana, Spring Hill
Why the fuss over naming schools?
I am surprised people are complaining about a school name. It seems so petty. Traditionally, schools were named after their towns. Tarpon Springs has, I believe, three schools starting with Tarpon Springs. So what?
If individuals want a school named after them, they should donate a large piece of land for it. You can imagine what Raymond James paid for the name for Bucs stadium.
If people want to volunteer and donate their time, it should be out of the goodness of their heart. Many people help schools, hospitals and organizations just to help.
Judith Lozaw, Holiday
Special Olympics needs donations
Special Olympics is a sport training and competition program for mentally handicapped children. The Pasco County School system has over 900 athletes participating in the Special Olympics program.
In the spring of 2006, I made a plea to the community to consider donating bicycles and tricycles for these children. The response to our needs was overwhelming. Mitchell High School received over 40 bikes, seven of these were new. We were even able to donate some to other schools.
Budget cuts and reductions in allocations for new equipment have prompted me to reach out to the community once again. I am asking for donations of mechanically operable adult tricycles. The high school children would be thrilled for the opportunity to use them in their regular physical education classes as well as for Special Olympics.
If anyone is able to help us out with a donation of a tricycle, please call me at 727-808-7604 or Kim Hoyt at 727-599-6627.
Joseph Corso, Port Richey