Planning should include everyone
Strategic planning will give county direction Aug. 12 C.T. Bowen column
C.T. Bowen is right. Our county government must have goals and also direction. The chairman must see the need for services and other things we the people need to make this county a nice place to call home and a community.
We cannot have the tea partiers run us, the public, out of the community. We all need to come to an agreement on the acceptable levels of services. There's no question in my mind we need to move forward and have charter government and services like the libraries, parks and other things that make us move forward.
David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee
School start time creates hardship
I am trying to understand how the Hernando School Board can vote on new hours for the start of school. Most people that I know start work by 8 a.m. So now what are these hard-working parents going to do?
My children now have to ask my wife and I to transport our grandchildren to and from school. This is not what we had in mind when we retired.
What about the people who don't have anyone to help or the single parent who cannot afford before-school care. I don't think this was something the School Board should have decided. This should have been decided in a special referendum.
I think the School Board knew this change was going to happen well before three weeks prior to school starting. If this was to save money they could have found another way to cut money in a different area. How about starting at the top and cutting their pay checks. That seems to me that it would help.
Why are we always going after the kids and the things that help them and their parents. I wish they could spend a day in my shoes. I am a very angry grandparent.
Stephen Paolella, Spring Hill
Homeless pets deserve our help
It is my hope that everyone who is concerned about animal welfare in our community will take a hard look at what is needed to improve conditions for animals in need. As we focus on the recent audit, it is easy to forget that there is a bigger problem to solve. This is not a Humane Society problem, an SPCA problem, a rescue group problem or an Animal Services problem. This is a community problem to solve: pet over-population and the lack of resources to help all of the animals in need.
Other communities have successfully done it. The animal shelters and rescues are here to be of assistance in helping with homeless animals, not to be the solution. As long as litters of puppies and kittens are born indiscriminately and families opt to get rid of' their pets, the problem will continue.
Every concerned citizen and pet family needs to be proactive and responsible for the animals with which we are entrusted with. The solution is simple: spay and neuter your pets; adopt a shelter pet, rather than buying from a breeder; and adopt a pet for life.
I urge everyone to be responsible pet care-takers. That will be the biggest improvement to the issues we currently face regarding our homeless pets. As we examine the policies and procedures at Hernando County Animal Services, let us also examine our attitudes and responsibilities as a community. Homeless pets are a community problem that need a community solution. Let's make sure we do our part.
Joanne Schoch, Spring Hill