Earth lovers don't slow the works
I have friends in Hernando Beach that kept blaming environmentalists for the hold up on the dredging. I kept telling them that the Manuel property owners were the real hold up. Now good research by our local reporters is proving me correct. So the next time we environmentalists get blamed for something: Follow the money. Who is directly benefitting and who is indirectly benefitting from the project?
As for us "tree-huggers," we have no hidden agenda to ruin your day as, by and large, we are just citizens, like you, who chose to volunteer our time. (You could say it's our hobby.)
We are concerned about the sustainability over time, safety and quality of life for all involved. Protecting our ecological systems in the best ways that science knows how is a good thing. My compliments to the residents who are standing their ground to do the dredging job right.
Jennifer Sullivan, Spring Hill
Hernando County Green Party
Time change endangers many
Before people spend a lot of time and money on making our roads safe, get rid of Daylight Savings Time.
If you know your history, it was established during wartime to enable the worker when he came home to tend to his vegetable garden.
During World War II, I was living in an apartment in New York City. I used to get letters from Washington asking me what I was growing in my garden. I didn't even have a flower pot. I was working 80 to 100 hours a week in communications and didn't have time to water a flower pot.
I was only 19 years old, but learned early that everything was not kosher in Washington, because I constantly advised them I did not have a lot to nurture.
When children have to get up in the dark and walk the streets so early that they can't be seen. Daylight Savings Time has to go.
Helga Curtis, Brooksville
Stand up for those who need help
More than 160,000 Floridians live in nursing homes or similar long-term care setting and many are unaware of their rights and the resources available to protect and defend them.
Every October, Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program partners with the office of the governor to proclaim residents' rights month. The occasion calls attention to the fundamental rights of Florida's frailest elders to be treated with dignity and respect and to have a say in decisions affecting their care. Long-term care residents have state-mandated rights including fair and courteous treatment, privacy, control over financial matters and — of particular note this year — the right to vote.
The ombudsman program is a government-funded resource available to help defend residents rights and ensure their safety and wellbeing. Sadly, a volunteer ombudsman is sometimes the only visitor of voice a resident has. As Florida celebrates residents' rights month, I encourage community members to visit someone they know in an assisted living facility, volunteer in a nursing home, participate in residents' rights month events or inquire about volunteering with the ombudsman program. Our parents, grandparents, veterans, former doctors and teachers need to know they have not been forgotten.
For information, call 1-800-831-0404 or visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.
Brian Long, state long-term care ombudsman, Tallahassee