Monday, January 22, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Competition good in trash collection, politics

Competition good on many levels

I read about the 9,000 customers withholding payment from Republic Services for waste collection. I, too, intend to soon join them. When they start delivering the service they charge for, they'll start getting paid.

I've had them drive right by my residence and not even slow down to pick up my trash for a week at a time. They sent out notices to have cans with tight-fitting lids. I bought two new ones. First, they took the lid off and threw it into the street for cars to run over. The second week, they dumped the other lid in the truck with the garbage. I don't intend to buy another.

Now I read our commissioners are considering putting payment on our tax bills. After that, we will be paying for rotten service for sure.

I don't understand why these politicians are against competition. If we want to pay more for Waste Management and good service, so be it. Let the choice be up to the customer. Same goes for cable television.

Glad it's an election year. It is time some of the politicians should be replaced.

Donald F. Sebastian, Spring Hill

Health warnings are not effective

I am a member of the Spring Hill Relay For Life Steering Committee and I prepared a layered salad of many raw vegetables for our wrap-up barbecue.

However, I live in Brookridge and I did not know about E-coli being found in Brookridge 2 well water until early Tuesday morning when I walked my dog. I found out from another walker. And as I walked, I got a different story from everyone. Word of mouth had spread to some. Some had gone up to the guard house to ask about it. They were told we didn't need to worry about it, just everyone north of Midmoor Boulevard. I live south of Midmoor.

The guard said that we all needed to follow the order to use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.

By 12:15 p.m. I still had not received any official notification at my home via a "drop off" info sheet, or a reverse 911 call. I went to nine houses in my neighborhood. Two hadn't received any notification, like me, and hadn't seen it at all on the TV. Others had heard it with varying degrees of accuracy.

Before I walked my dog, I brushed my teeth and drank a glass of water. I didn't turn on the TV, or read my newspaper before fixing breakfast. So none of the methods of getting the word out pertained to me. And I'd place a pretty good bet that most people in Brookridge did not fit the standard method of notification.

The county said the utility office had done everything required for notification by notifying the office, clubhouse, store, and TV stations and newspapers.

I feel they had a responsibility to each of us in here to notify us as soon as the lab knew there was E-coli contamination. That would have been May 11 (the weekend) after the lab rechecked results. I don't feel it was the responsibility of anyone at the golf club to notify me. I don't even golf. When work has been done on the water supply in the past, we've had notification via an info sheet telling us what to do during the "fixing of the problem" and what to do after the problem was repaired.

I have two questions: Why do I have to throw away $25 worth of raw salad ingredients. If I had been notified, I could have made baked beans. And, how are people going to be notified of major health concerns like this in the future so that we can take timely steps to protect ourselves.

Sue Atkins, Brooksville

Stop feral cat problem at its root

Writer Dan DeWitt is right in his May 11 column when he points out that trap-neuter-return programs, however well-intentioned, are problematic for both cats and wildlife.

Cats left outside to fend for themselves routinely incur ghastly injuries and infections, contract deadly contagious diseases, are poisoned and shot by people who don't want them on their yards, and are hit by cars, attacked by wildlife, and worse. Even easily treatable conditions like urinary tract infections and flea infestations can become deadly for cats who cannot be handled.

Nor does sterilizing cats change their instinct to hunt. Even well-fed cats instinctively kill birds and other small animals. Wildlife has enough to contend with without having to do battle with free-roaming felines.

The very least we can do for cats who have been abandoned, abused and failed by people is to ensure that their deaths are as peaceful as possible, instead of allowing them to suffer in agony behind a Dumpster or under a porch. The only humane way to address the growing feral cat population is to crack down on people who abandon cats and to require that all cat guardians have their feline companions spayed and neutered and keep them indoors.

Teresa Chagrin, Norfolk, Va.

Memorial cross theft inflicts pain | May 10 C.T. Bowen column

Roads no place for memorials

I am against the erection of roadside memorials. Although I realize those who place them on street corners and other accident sites are well intentioned, I feel it would be much more appropriate for them to set up the memorials on their own property.

These structures are an eyesore for most of those driving past. Could you image the clutter throughout the county and state if all of them were left in place? It would make the area more appealing if county workers were instructed to remove them all.

Robert Montgomery, Port Richey

Changing clothes changes attitudes

One simple beginning answer to the complex problem of obesity and education may be to change the clothing style of today.

Casualness of dress leads to the same attitude toward daily living.

Mary Joyce, Spring Hill.

First a heart attack, then the real pain | May 16 Bill Stevens column

No time to look for parking

I think this is awful, but also typical. I'm sure the impound people could have checked and found out the situation, and made an exception under the circumstances.

I'm sure the sign was meant for people who would use this lot as a place to park vehicles for the wrong reason. I'm sure that when driving while having a heart attack, one doesn't have the time to find a space labeled "parking for heart attack victims." Let's be real. Return the money.

Robert Petrosky, Spring Hill


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Tuesday’s letters: Trump’s accomplishments unheralded

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