In mail, almost | Dec. 4 article
Mail to troops should be free
All of the government's frugal spending of our tax dollars including these ridiculous bailouts turns my stomach, but to read the article concerning the need for postage for items to be sent to our troops makes me sick.
There should be no charge for any package sent to men and women serving our country. Thank you to Mr. Williams and others who collect donations. I find it shameful that the same government paying billions of dollars to greedy irresponsible companies charges even a penny to deliver a bit of comfort and morale to our troops . That is just plain wrong !
J.D. Richmond, Crystal Springs
Let school kids use public buses | Dec. 3, letter
Writer should try to help schools
I'm appalled. How unfortunately typical of some older citizens to find yet another way not to support the children in the area. Any time votes are needed to help our schools and children, more than enough senior citizens vote it down.
What a pity the letter writer had to take time out from his golf game to count buses in and out of the River Ridge complex. I suggest he cut way down on his golf game and take up reading newspapers or better yet, volunteer some of his time at a school that needs his help in much more useful ways than counting buses.
Stan Rubin, New Port Richey
Let school kids use public buses | Dec. 3, letter
Golfer needs to find a new hobby
This is in response to the man who has nothing better to do than to count the school buses going into the River Ridge School complex. For his information, River Ridge serves sixth- through 12th-grade students, which is why there are so many buses.
For many years the district has provided transportation to and from school. This is not the days when you walked to school in the snow, up a hill. That is why it is great to be an American.
Also, he should be ashamed to even think about removing school cafeterias. For many students, the lunch they get at school is their most nutritious meal of the day.
I drive my son to school every day, tolerating the traffic among buses. Did he count the cars going in as well. I think not. Sorry if our traffic interferes with a golf game. Perhaps, the writer should find another hobby.
Gwendolyn Johnson, Port Richey
Reduced bail was inappropriate
Wake up Pasco County and get involved in the court system. On Dec. 4, Judge Thane Covert reduced the bail of a man accused of shooting 30 rounds into three occupied houses in Regency Park in October.
The bullets narrowly missed a child in his crib. The suspect's attorney, as I understand it, told the court the bail was a hardship for his family. The bail was originally set at $450,000 ($150,000 per offense), but now was reduce to $150,000. The judge did not even ask if there were any victims present.
The residents in this area are worth only 33 percent of the original bail. Is this like the economic bailout? Has the recession affected bails, too? This suspect is homeless and a gang member accused of acting in retaliation for the death of another gang member. I guess that should be taken into consideration. What a noble act!
I guess we should all stand up for this judge and give him a resounding round of applause for his heartfelt compassion when it comes to the downtrodden criminals in this county. I guess the citizens of Regency Park who were victims are heartless. So what if they were afraid for their lives. So what if they were afraid to walk on the street, get their mail from the mailbox or venture outside to converse with a neighbor. Have they no compassion for this misguided young man?
The court system is in trouble. The judges are too lenient. They allow criminals to walk our streets. I am certain if this had happened to Judge Thane Covert or in his neighborhood the situation would be handled differently.
L. Thomas, Port Richey
Holiday wishes to help Port Richey
I have a few Christmas wishes for a couple of people of the city of Port Richey. Richard Reade is the worst city manager in the city's history. I wish he would quit and leave our city that he has damaged.
I wish Vice Mayor Mark Hashim would find out he is not king of Port Richey and can be dethroned at election. I wish Council member Phil Abts would use his brain for the good of the city. For Council member Steve O'Neill, I wish he would fight harder for the residents and keep asking questions and demanding answers. For Mayor Richard Rober, I wish he would speak up for the people who elected him, demand answers and knock off the Mr. Nice Guy act.
Marilyn Chester, Port Richey
A simple solution: Buy American
We can improve our economic and employment problems. If every American bought a car produced in this country by domestic industry, our problems would lessen dramatically.
Also if imported goods in the big box stores were replaced by goods made in America the economy and job situation would improve.
Douglas R. Cameron, Dade City