Officials get a clue on economy
Business development director Mike McHugh has, finally at long last, woken up to the fact that Hernando County needs a new direction for business development. It's too bad we could not have had someone more competent and proactive than Mike McHugh at the business development helm of our county. Then, maybe, we wouldn't have been close to leading the state in unemployment when our state is one of the nation's leaders in a huge economic downturn. A nasty distinction!
A tip of the hat on that one also to our county commissioners, all of them present and past. They happily complied with staff recommendations from the likes of Larry Jennings (retired), Charles Mixson (fired) and Mike McHugh (still there).
So here we sit with our leaders realizing that we need a new direction. Still, they floundered around granting bailouts for the overbuilding industry as they reduced impact fees and let the costs be passed on to the current residents.
Jennifer Sullivan, Spring Hill
Fire board needs business minds
By a 3-1 vote, the Spring Hill fire commissioners selected Ben Edwards to fill the vacancy on the board. Edwards is the captain of the fire police, also a fire inspector with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and he is considered one of the boys of the Spring Hill Fire District. His appointment was necessary in order for this board to continue being a firefighters club and to completely disregard the taxpayers.
Ben Edwards ran for the seat at the last election, but the voters did not want him there, so the fire board let him in through the back door. This is an insult to the taxpayers who voted against him. But here again, this is a firefighters club and the taxpayers have nothing to say.
Here we have a $15 million business, but it is not being run like a business. The board's majority consists of former firemen who are very good on putting out a fire, but make very poor managers. We need business managers on the board, not firemen. It is about time the people of Spring Hill wake up to this fact and elect managers, not firemen.
What will this board do next?
Anthony Palmieri, Spring Hill
Times are tough for senior citizens
As I drive around in Hernando and Pasco, I always see people holding signs: Will work for food, Please help me with my bills, etc.
I often wonder how that's working for them.
As a senior citizen on a fixed income, I contemplate holding a sign myself: Please help me with a roof that needs replacing, electric lights needing repair, windows that no longer work and a garage door hanging on by a thread.
Can't get help from local government, and with nowhere to turn, I pray no hurricanes hit as I will be added to the homeless. I worry more for my young grandson and his mom who also live with me.
These are definitely not the golden years. They're more like the tarnished years.
But as long as I am in good health, I can still try to remain hopeful.
Dorothy Rockwell, Spring Hill
Owner should not have second dog
I read the story about Brooks, the 9-month-old pup found living on the end of a chain in a Brooksville yard. He was suffering from mange, anemia, malnutrition, a broken tail and myriad health issues. Animal Control was tipped off anonymously and Suncoast Animal League stepped in to help this poor dog, even though there are people who believed the dog was so far gone that he should be euthanized. Kudos to Suncoast Animal League and to Tarpon Animal Hospital for caring about this poor dog.
What I want to know is why is the owner allowed to keep her other dog? Animal Control says her other dog appears to be in good condition. What is Animal Control thinking? What is going to stop this monster from neglecting yet another dog?
Am I the only person outraged by this? If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. Call Animal Control today.
P. Ghezzi, Brooksville
Declawing rule prevents adoption
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is refusing to let people adopt a cat if the person intends to have the cat declawed.
My friend recently went to the shelter and was willing to adopt two cats; one was already declawed and the other cat was not. A man there told my friend that she would have to sign a statement swearing that she would not have the second cat declawed. My friend adopted only one cat.
I have been a longtime supporter of our Humane Society and was shocked to hear about this policy. I called and they confirmed it, and said the board approved. They said the practice of declawing cats was inhumane.
I pointed out that I have owned many cats for many years and have always had them declawed. It is the cat's nature to sharpen their claws and, particularly, if they are inside cats, they will sharpen their claws on your furniture. I even spoke to my veterinarian and he does not believe that this procedure is inhumane.
I feel sorry for the many cats that have been denied good homes because of this policy at our Humane Society. I will no longer contribute to this organization.
Lillian Lowe, Spring Hill