Re: Guest column, Aug. 11
Arlene Glantz's critique of our Hernando County Commission is spot on. They have cut services to the bone and the county is turning into a ghetto. Cutting impact fees hasn't done anything but make matters worse. We need the revenues to keep our county growing. At the same time we need to attract value-added businesses and people who are job creators like the recent addition of Corporate Jet Solutions to our Hernando County Airport which has no bearing on impact fees.
Sometimes it pays to spend money to keep the county moving forward during down times. Now the commission wants to give preference to local vendors? That does nothing but discourage competition for business and it lowers the quality of the job being performed.
My wife and I just recently remodeled our home and we used the best contractors we could find. Many where from neighboring counties such as Pasco, Pinellas and Citrus. We didn't discriminate we just looked at each contractor's quote, reputation and Workmen's Compensation insurance coverage for their employees. If a local Hernando County vendor is qualified and meets the requirements of the job then they get it, pure and simple. The results of our project is outstanding and we are more than pleased with the addition to our home.
Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill
Housing for low-income veterans, agricultural education and a sports complex are all wonderful goals, but in order to accomplish them we need to attract new businesses for increased revenue and better-paying jobs.
The county commission must take action to head in this direction.
M.J. Wright, Spring Hill
I am 81 years old and never smoked a cigarette in my life. In July 2007, I was given two to six years to live: I have pulmonary fibrosis due to second-hand smoke. My lungs are getting hard. There is no cure.
I also have diabetes, so am I able to sue Whitman's Chocolates? I love chocolates, but Whitman's doesn't put them in my mouth, I do.
We each have a choice to do or not. I'm sure no one forced a person to puff.
Dolores M. Weaver, Brooksville
Red light cameras curtail shopping | Aug. 11 letter
I understand the letter writer's complaint about cameras that caught him breaking the law. But that is the issue. He broke the law.
He should not be persecuting the businesses where he made the offense. The cameras are there for this very reason. They are to catch motorists breaking the law.
Hopefully, the tickets issued will teach him a lesson.
Elizabeth Zemek, Spring Hill
I lived in Spring Hill for 26 years. When I moved in, every home and yard was beautiful. There are codes against vehicles parked on our front lawns, taking apart a car in a driveway and just leaving it and keeping up easements. Now, you can drive from U.S. 19 to U.S. 41 and see all of these codes broken.
So do you really think litter is more harmful to tourist or the run down homes, yards and broken down vehicles everywhere? If I was a tourist I think the overall look is more important to me than a piece of paper in the road.
What happened to our county?
Eric Fehlhaber, Spring Hill