Trail planned to link Anclote parks | Nov. 25 article
View eagles from a safe distance
I support the extension and would like to see some improvements in East Lake/Pinellas as well; however, it should not lead to an increase in pedestrian activity around the eagle nest. It is dangerous for people to stand around on the roadside for any reason, so a viewing area will be great in this situation.
I also support protective signs and putting more distance between eagles and viewers as encroachment is not good for the eagles, particularly at the power plant nest. Two of the other most-viewed nests in this region relocated this year. It is easy to get carried away from the thrill of seeing eagles and even eagle watchers need to be reminded sometimes to set the best example and view from a distance. It is not about the cameras and pictures; it is ultimately about protecting the eagles while finding ways for people to enjoy them and learn about them.
I would encourage both Pasco County and Progress Energy to put up protective signs near the eagle's nest. A sign is needed along the Progress Energy fence. The signs do not need to be fancy, they just need to say no trespassing or no loitering. Some eagles may appear to be tolerant of humans but they might just be trying to hang on to their prime nesting spot and location.
Young eagles deserve to be raised without encroachment as well, and we do not do them any favors by getting them too used to humans. It is my understanding that the power plant nest can now be viewed from the park, which I strongly encourage. I hope that Pasco County receives the grant for this endeavor.
Barb Walker, Palm Harbor
Vice president, West Pasco Audubon Society
Use funds for parks, not trail
I read with great interest the article about Pasco County extending the Pinellas trail into Pasco County for 1.2 miles for $200,000.
Is this the same county that cannot find funds to allow its residents to use their county parks for free, yet can come up with or use Tourist Development Council funds for a small segment of trail which will benefit few if any Pasco County residents?
Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and her cohorts on the County Commission should use those funds to allow Pasco County residents free use of our taxpayer-funded parks. Maybe she and other commissioners don't see that this onerous fee hurts the common folks the most. Young families and senior citizens on Social Security can ill afford these fees. They already have a day-to-day struggle to make ends meet. All would benefit greatly by being able to visit a park with their children for a few hours or just watch a sunset without having to pay an extra $2 for the use of parks that are already tax-supported.
All I know is — and many seniors I talk to feel the same way — that we will remember in November.
Steve Rehlinger, Holiday
Mariano to seek a third term Nov. 26 article
Two terms were unproductive
When incumbent politicians announce they are running again, they list what they have accomplished while in office. After eight years as a Pasco County commissioner, Jack Mariano is not running on his record but a promise that he will work to end park user fees. I can not think of one thing proposed by Mr. Mariano that has become a reality. What have you done for the voters who elected you? Where is the meat, Jack?
Commissioner Mariano's record shows he regularly voted for fee increases and the reduction of county services for the taxpayer while giving breaks to corporations and developers. We do not need four more years of a Jack do-nothing commissioner.
Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson
Water bill higher than electric bill | Nov. 23 letter
Something wrong in utility picture
A letter writer stated her Progress Energy bill was $73.21 and FGUA bill was $74.38 this past month.
I live in the same subdivision, but in a single-family home, and have to water a yard. Last month my Progress Energy bill was $67.47 and my FGUA bill (after watering twice during the month) was $113.92.
I agree with her. Something is definitely wrong!
Maureen Marshall, New Port Richey
Congress is failing the people
Repeatedly I either hear someone say, or read in print, what's the goal of the Occupy Wall Street gang? I believe the political system that fails us encompasses their concerns. This failure, again, of Congress to cooperate or to compromise for the good of the economy, and all of us who are suffering financially, puts another nail in our coffin.
It's shameful. Good people go to Congress, but they are soon knocked into shape to either support the parties' leaders and their ideologies (and forget the constituents who elected them) or become a nonfactor in Congress. The supercommittee's failure is a real, sad example of this dilemma! Kick the can down the road.
Cliff Wing, New Port Richey
Bill would raise taxes, deficits
U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent got back to his roots as he states after reading to first-graders at Weeki Wachee K-8. He read a book about our system of legislating using the characters in the book House Mouse, Senate Mouse. What he didn't realize is the portrayal used exemplifies most representatives in Washington — mice or, in some cases, rats.
Mr. Nugent voted for HR 2 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obama Care. Apparently, Mr. Nugent didn't read the Congressional Budget Office's letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner or he couldn't understand the effects HR 2 would have on the deficit.
In a Feb. 18, 2011, letter, the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated "that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting HR 2 would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period.
By comparison, last March CBO and JCT estimated that enacting PPACA and the health-related provisions of the reconciliation act would reduce federal deficits by $124 billion over the 2010-2019 period. Mr. Nugent voted to increase deficits.
Mr. Nugent co-sponsored Fair Tax Act HR 25 eliminating the income tax (an average of 4.7 percent on a medium household income of $32,572 a year in Hernando County) and payroll tax of 4.25 percent currently and establishes a 23 percent national sales tax on all goods and services but excludes taxes on intangible property such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, goodwill, financial instruments, securities, commercial paper, debts, notes and bonds, and other property deemed intangible at common law.
What Mr. Nugent fails to tell the public is that this bill will increase taxes on families considered middle class and at the poverty level. This tax will be in addition to the current 6.25 percent state and local sales tax paid in Hernando County plus your county, school and fire district real estate taxes. If you add the national sales tax to the state and local sales tax, it's a 29.25 percent tax on what you spend including food, rent and all services. But if you have a big portfolio with dividends and capital gains you won't pay a dime. Thankfully, this bill did not pass and was sent to the Ways and Means Committee.
Vito Joseph Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill