Fluoride speakers don't get their say
I was disappointed in the poor planning of the Feb. 25 Hernando County Commission meeting. Fluoride is a topic that many people on both sides of the issue are very passionate about. Not permitting everyone who attended the meeting to speak on the issue due to a scheduled Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting was inappropriate. This meeting should not have been scheduled at this time due to the anticipation of a large number of speakers on the fluoride issue.
Commissioner Nick Nicholson's comment prior to the beginning of Dr. Johnny Johnson's presentation was inappropriate. It is his and every commissioner's job to listen to all comments from both sides. Mr. Nicholson should apologize to Dr. Johnson and those of us who do support fluoride. His demeanor as well as his actions were inappropriate for an elected official.
If Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes had not stated at the beginning of the public comment section that participants would only be permitted to speak once, many more supporters of the issue would have taken that opportunity to speak. Perhaps he should have only permitted those who wanted to speak on non-fluoridation-related items to speak during the public comments and allowed all speakers on the fluoride issue to speak after the presentations.
Deborah A. Nastelli, Spring Hill
A slap in the face for taxpayers
I was shocked to witness the Hernando County Commission's cowardice at its Feb. 11 meeting in discussing impact fees to improve things for residents and students. They (except Commissioner Diane Rowden) showed their reverence to the Hernando Builders Association, the Hernando Association of Realtors and the all powerful Blaise Ingoglia and the respective groups' never-ending backing with money and support.
Never before have I witnessed such a travesty and slap in the face to residents of Hernando County. To blatantly just push aside any reference to having new residents pay for schools and improvements but rather put the burden on the current homeowners and business owners to be forced to pay higher property tax rates to support new residents solely to keep new home prices low and builders and Realtors happy.
Is the whole bunch of them so naive they think that $7,000 added to a $200,000 home price will scare away prospective home buyers? No, actually I think that you just don't want to alienate Mr. Ingoglia or his groups. Shame on them all to think it is just fine to force those of us currently here to pick up the tab for new residents in the coming years to appease their donors and sponsors.
I know there is a March 11 hearing, but past history would lead a knowledgeable individual to assume no matter how many people speak in favor of impact fees, that the cowards on the Board of County Commissioners will stand in harmony with the builders and Realtors and once again stick it to the current residents. As is usually the case, money and power trump fairness and doing what is the right thing!
David Parker, Spring Hill