University needs to honor its values
The towns of St. Leo and San Antonio have been closely intertwined for over 100 years. Saint Leo University, which grew out of the Benedictine tradition is as closely linked; therefore it is of great concern when the growth of the university now threatens this historical sense of cooperation.
The proposed 16,000-square-foot metal plant operations warehouse, bordering the residential neighborhoods of St. Leo and San Antonio opens the flood gate of serious issues.
Much has been discussed about the safety issues if the university is allowed to have a main access road off the city-owned street of Pompanic. Along with safety, the residents have a multitude of concerns about noise, appearance, and overall quality of future university growth.
We are asking Saint Leo University to live up to its core values of excellence, community, respect, personal development, responsible stewardship and integrity and to honor its own mission statement "to serve the community in which they live".
Deborah Gillars, San Antonio
Costs of deputies' traffic duties
There is a church next to the subdivision where I reside. Every Sunday a Pasco County Sheriff's car sits in front and idles for five hours. When one service ends and another is starting the deputy hits the lights and pulls out onto the road to direct traffic. After the rush he or she pulls back to the shoulder and relaxes with the windows closed and the air conditioning running.
According to car experts, the worst thing you can do to an internal combustion engine is to let it sit and idle. It breaks down the viscosity of the oil. It limits its ability to lubricate. Most cars use a gallon an hour while idling.
The deputies receive their hourly pay for providing this service. Regular unleaded gas is about $3.40 per gallon, so five gallons is $17 for one church. How many churches hire deputies and who pays for the fuel and the damages to our cruisers?
Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey
Editor's note: The Pasco Sheriff's Office charges $25 to $31 per hour depending on the rank of the deputy directing traffic and an additional charge of $6 per hour for gasoline and maintenance to the vehicles.