Paving lime roads should be priority | April 27, letter
Pave (and suffer) on your own dime
The letter writer seems to feel that our county commissioners should see to it that all limerock roads in Royal Highlands be paved, especially because of health issues. As yet, the health issue stance has to be proved.
We have an allergic son, and there is no known allergy to dust; however it doesn't help the breathing problems already suffered by the allergic person. We had our home built way back off the road to keep dust out of our home as best we could.
Well, here are the facts: Those of us who have paved roads in Royal Highlands got paving after signatures of residents were acquired on petitions and we agreed to share costs with the county. At the time my road (Nightingale Road) was petitioned, there were few homes. The county's stance was if a majority of homeowner-occupied homes wished for paving and were willing to pay for this paving then it would be a done deal.
It was very illegal, as we had approximately 150 lots or more but perhaps 30 homes at the time and the few occupied homes on my road imparted costs for all. We had a new home, my husband had been out of work for two years and we did bankruptcy to save our home. We were not in a position to have any more costs thrown on us.
Along with the paving came increased speeders, mostly homeowners from Woodland Waters, scaring the life out of us awaiting bus pickup in the morning for our children. Then contractors and haulers found the paved road; more speeding and complaints to the Sheriff's Office. It imparted more costs to the county for deputies to stop such speeders.
So, to the letter writer, get out a petition, get the required signatures, get lots of money and you too can have what we have. You should not become privileged and impart paving costs onto all the taxpayers in this county. Oh, and get ready for the speeders, and the calls to the Sheriff's Office.
Mary L. Scarff, Weeki Wachee
Writer all wrong about Ingoglia | April 26, letter
Plan is based on tunnel vision
Political sway is an art certainly mastered by Republicans in all forms of media, but truth will always prevail. Words can always be written to change the original meaning or objectives first composed. The letter writer has become a master at that by quoting out of context the original purpose of CPR. Here is the purpose of CPR as written on Page 163 of the Feb. 11 agenda:
"The Hernando County Comprehensive Plan for Recovery (CPR) is designed to alleviate certain key factors in an effort to reduce the amount of time it takes for our community to stabilize our lagging local economy. CPR also works independently from any state or federal funding. In order for any economic stimulus to be effective it must be timely, temporary and targeted. The plan focuses on three general areas: reducing the amount of foreclosures on the market, assisting first time home buyers and controlling capital improvement costs.''
The letter writer has rewritten the focus of CPR for the benefit of defending Blaise Ingoglia's true intent. What she proposes as being the real intent, reduced unemployment, is basically a side mention not even secondary to the plan just to bring buyers into the Hernando real estate market. The key error in the plan as stated is that CPR must be "timely, temporary, and targeted." Real growth should be permanent, not temporary.
The real plan authored by Mr. Ingoglia is written on Pages 164-167 and purely dedicated to selling homes whether foreclosed or new to first-time or second-home buyers. There are no innovative ideas to create jobs. To those of us who aren't ignorant that sounds like business as usual.
Mr. Ingoglia is a capitalist and businessman first. All gifts whether personal or political are written off for tax purposes in his business. CPR would have used taxpayer dollars. That sound like a liberal to me.
Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill
Sylvan Grove cold to family in need
Hernando County has the second-highest unemployment rate in the state of Florida. There is a declining moral value of the family unit in our country and forget the rate of foreclosures. Yet, homeowner associations say remove your grandchildren from your home, they don't belong.
Our daughter-in-law and four grandchildren had no home, no job, no money and no hope for relief in sight. Our first mistake was being loving grandparents. Without question, they moved into our home.
My wife and I live in an adult community, Sylvan Grove, off U.S. 41 across from the Hernando County Airport. It claims to be a 55 and older community, but failed to register with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, even though it has been in existence since 1989.
It was not until December 2006 that it registered, which was after new owners purchased the remaining development. That was well after our grandchildren moved into the safety of our home. The children are ages 1, 2, 4 and 6.
The community failed to convince me to remove the children like an old junk car. "Remove the children'' were their words. They took us to court and the sad thing is the court agreed with the homeowners association. It is tough being a moral, loving grandparent today.
It is a time when we should be pulling together to improve society, but human nature wins when there are so many selfish and thoughtless people in the world today.
The next time you travel U.S. 41 and you happen to see four little children on the side of the road waiting for a bus, plane, train or maybe hitchhiking, those would be my grandchildren. They have been run out of Sylvan Grove by those who forgot about family.
Daniel Kawa, Brooksville