Littering goes on despite laws
I've been scanning the police reports in the paper every week for the last five years; mostly limiting my views to the area where I live. I have never seen a single listing of an arrest for littering. I see the signs scattered around the county saying it's illegal and punishable by a fine, but I've yet to see it enforced. I live on Deltona Boulevard, which is pretty heavily traveled from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Every single day I pick up my paper in the morning, and later, if it is warm enough, go for a walk. Each and every one of those days, there is new litter in our yard ranging from a few dozen cigarette filters, beer cans or bottles to someone's McDonald's breakfast bag and ant-filled soda container.
A nice couple of elderly gentlemen from Timber Pines used to trod up and down Deltona at least once per month on a cleaning mission. When I see them, I always thank them. I haven't seen them lately, so they must be away for a few months.
There has to be a way to police this extreme littering and collect the fines. Additionally, we can have the offenders pick up a couple of miles of trash. It doesn't matter if it's a lighted cigarette burning down the marshes or a bag of lunch, it is all a blight on our county.
Perhaps cameras can be set up temporarily in heavily trashed areas and moved around frequently to catch the people causing blight in neighborhoods.
Maybe some of those people locked up in the county jail living off our taxes can be released long enough to pick up some trash too?
Doug Adams, Spring Hill
Code enforcers, pick on others
I have had several dealings over the years with the Hernando County Code Enforcement Department and always with not-good results. They have come to my door accusing me of violating the code because someone called because they thought I was violating the code, which most of the time I wasn't.
The Code Enforcement Department needs to pick on other people: properties, banks, hospitals, businesses and mortgage companies that are violators. I have offered to ride along with the code officer to show who is violating the code, and still to this day, the big violators are not being cited. The last time the code officer was at my door, he left a description of code violations, telling me what the violations are.
I have had a draining problem in front of my properties for years on Deltona Boulevard, and when I tried to fix the problem, they said I was violating the code. They didn't even want to listen to how I was trying to fix the problem, they just cited me.
I was putting wood clippings down to turn over into the earth and was reseeding. I had about 10 feet done, and he told me I had 30 days to remove the rest or I would be fined. They did not realize that it was the only way it would get done, because calling the county to fix the right of way was getting impossible after the spring and summer stormwater runoff.
I will see them in court to find out who is right and who is wrong. Let a judge decide.
Gary Mercer, Spring Hill
Sod edict is unfair, March 7 letter
Public works settles problem
I was pretty upset when I wrote the letter about the code violation notice.
My wife met with a Hernando County Public Works inspector March 5 and this situation has worked out in a good way. The county inspector was very professional and we thank him for coming to our home in such a timely manner. Thanks also to his bosses Ralph Weirsching and Al Dominico and the Hernando County Public Works Department.
The resolution has brought us much needed peace of mind.
Garret Maunula, Spring Hill
Postal routes are very inefficient
The way the U.S. Postal Service saves money is to raise the price of postage with the threats of office closings and the elimination of Saturday deliveries. I have seen nothing that shows me that they are really trying to cut costs.
The area we live in has mailboxes on both sides of the street and the mail carrier has to drive down the streets multiple times to deliver everyone's mail. Where we lived before in Spring Hill, all the mailboxes were on one side of the road and the carrier only had to drive down the street once.
I don't know what it costs to operate the mail vehicles, but it has to cost more to drive down one street more than once. I also don't understand why, if there are sidewalks, the carriers don't walk. Again, walking should be cheaper than operating a vehicle. What about clustering the mailboxes every few houses or at community locations?
These ideas or moves may be inconvenient to the mail patrons, but if it would save postage increases or keep Saturday deliveries, the inconvenience might be worth it. Plus it would show us that they really are trying to cut costs. I think we would all accept postal increases and the inconvenience if we could see that they are really trying to cut costs.
Ron Davis, Spring Hill
NAMI needed more than ever
Local funding cuts, loss of jobs, insurance coverage, homes in foreclosure, increase in substance abuse, and increase in suicide and violent acts. Never before, in many of our lifetimes, have we seen such pressures on our local society. The media seems to tell of another story every day of acts of desperation from people who just weeks ago were viewed as leaders and stable. Yet we see that many are not together by the acts that are being carried out and uncovered daily.
NAMI Hernando sees this as increasing the work before us all. There are so many more county residents in dire circumstances, needing direction to resources, education, avenues for voicing concerns and gaining support to know that they are not alone with all of these negative occurrences in their lives. The NAMI Hernando affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness itself is undergoing change. One of our leaders, Darlene Linville, stepped down as our president and moved to our advisory board.
She has worked tirelessly the past 10 years to bring NAMI into the homes of all who may need their services. Her accomplishments have been many, the greatest of which was urging the community to come together to form a mental health court, which saved lives by helping to direct people to wellness programs. It's also saving the county money by decreasing the jail population with individuals who should be given other opportunities to change their lives.
Indeed, NAMI Hernando is grateful that Darlene will remain on our advisory board as we move into these new arenas and continue our work. Should you wish to know more about us, we have a speaker's bureau and will come to any organization wishing to learn about us and mental illness. We always honor financial support — dollars well spent to help us meet our goals and impact issues surrounding local mental illness issues. I welcome your interest, donations, request for information or suggestions on where we may further our mission.
Judy Thompson, president, NAMI Hernando