Partisan tiffs starting early Dec. 14 article
Skip the politics, do what's right
Does anyone in government realize how irritated the average voter is with the nitpicking, idiotic fighting attributed to political party affiliation? Jack Mariano decided to name himself as commission representative to the Economic Development Council. I assume Mr. Mariano thought Michael Cox had been successful and was receiving way too much newspaper time.
It's time to forget political parties and get our government on track. I will expect really big things from Mr. Mariano as Mr. Cox was getting the job done. Just because Mr. Mariano is a member of the "right" political party doesn't mean he's going to produce.
I for one will be waiting to see what, how and when he manages to accomplish half what Mr. Cox has managed to do. Mr. Mariano will need to be approachable and to be accessible.
I'm disappointed Mr. Mariano is playing politics as usual. I'm a registered independent and can assure you I'm voting Democrat and I'll help campaign when the time comes.
Shirley Youngs, New Port Richey
U.S. health care system is like a house of cards Dec. 12 guest column
Stop settling for the status quo
How happy I was to read Dr. Yacht's column regarding the problems that we are facing. I respect Dr. Yacht and his years of experience but he missed the boat. Dr. Yacht pointed out three problems but nowhere in his brilliant column did he propose any solutions. This is the problem, we all note what is wrong but no one knows how to help with the solutions.
The problems seem overwhelming but if they are worked on bit by bit, person by person, idea by idea we may have a chance of finding our way through.
This is where the Times should come in. Be a leader. Start the process. Challenge the residents. Many are looking for a way to help and you could be the vehicle for that. Imagine a few hundred engaged people. Wow. They can really change the way things have been done in the past and give us a strong group of active, engaged and involved residents for the future. Pasco would never be the same; we would become leaders in this 21 century.
Remember the newscaster in the movie Network who opened the window and yelled "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." Let's do the same.
Prove me right, Pasco residents. Get up. Think. E-mail. Suggest. Call. Write. Don't sit by and allow this opportunity to go by. It is up to the newspaper to give these people the vehicle to be heard.
Joan Shapiro, Hudson
Food giveaway again a success
On Friday, Dec. 12, our office, in conjunction with the office of state Rep. John Legg and Sheriff Bob White, held the seventh annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway in New Port Richey.
Every year, the Farm Share Program donates a truckload of produce and other goods that are distributed to area families in need of food for the holiday season. The day was a great success, providing food for over 450 families. The food giveaway continues to be a success because of the commitment and involvement of many people who volunteer their time to spread some holiday cheer to these families.
There were many volunteers from organizations including the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the Pasco County Explorer program, the New Port Richey Police Department, the Suncoast Epilepsy Association, and the Knights of Columbus Council 5869. Lowe's of New Port Richey donated the forklift and operator to unload the food and the managers at Trinity Self Storage were gracious enough to host the event in their parking lot. Students and teachers from Chasco Elementary and Middle schools donated a large amount of canned goods and helped to distribute them at the event. Most of all, the Farm Share Program, should be recognized for continuing to donate the food to this event every year.
Thanks to everyone that helped make this event a success and we look forward to continuing the food giveaway for years to come.
Sen. Mike Fasano, New Port Richey