Management is key
The Pasco County Animal Shelter in Land O'Lakes reopened after weeks of closure due to a parvovirus outbreak.
In the fall of 2012 a plan was put in place to "save 90," meaning only the sick and aggressive animals were to be killed. Recently, a cat named Peggy, an indoor cat, had escaped and ended up at a neighbor's home. Pasco County Animal Services was called and without question euthanized the cat in the field. The owner of the cat was devastated.
The shelter is in turmoil and needs a good manager and employees that have the best interest of the animals above anything else. We cannot let the shelter slip back into the old policies of euthanizing for space and labeling the animals sick and aggressive when actually they are scared and fighting for their life in a hostile environment.
Susan Hudson, Port Richey
Stop sticking it to the little people
The Pasco County Commission is after us again for dollars. You know I wouldn't mind if you could trust them to use it wisely, but that is far from it.
The commissioners are killing the little people who pay their bills so elected officials get a check. I live on $10,804 annually and it's all I can do to scratch up my property taxes quarterly. There is no such thing as a casual drive anywhere. There is only enough money for gas to go to the grocery, doctors and pharmacy.
Let me have a little peace before I die, have food to eat and a roof over my head. Please?
Crystal Mackey Buchanan Suggs, Dade City
Simpson needs to focus on residents
Sen. Wilton Simpson recently visited three west Pasco sites in his "Taking Care of Business in District 18'' tour. Exactly whose business is he taking care of? House Speaker Will Weatherford's? He reported $31,500 from Red Eagle Group, a company he said he formed in 2011 for tax purposes and because he wanted to be the owner of a small business. Red Eagle's income is paid entirely by Simpson Environmental Services, owned by the state senator.
Exactly how is the senator taking care of business and improving the quality of life for the over 200,000 people, almost half of the county's total population, living in west Pasco? People faced daily with the reality of underemployment or unemployment because of the lack of viable jobs, empty, foreclosed houses and the deteriorating neighborhoods that they foster, empty commercial space, homelessness, crime, drug addiction, hopelessness and a community on the path to collapse and despair.
I see no one taking care of the quality of life in west Pasco. I see only defeat and hopelessness. Instead of political rhetoric and photo opportunities, the senator owes his constituents in west Pasco a concrete explanation of exactly what legislation he proposes for the next session to improve the quality of life here. Possibly, Sen. Simpson also should look in his own backyard and start taking care of business for the 33.8 percent of Trilby residents who live in poverty.
Ken Savich, Holiday