Enforce codes or cut department | Aug. 4, letter
Loss of our code officers being felt
The county is cutting further back as the citizens request more. In this economic down fall, unemployment climbs, almost every development is riddled with foreclosures and you can expect a rise in code violations.
As the code officers leave the department, their jobs are not filled and positions are eliminated. The last two years, the employees have not received a raise in salary and were just recently informed there will be none in the coming year.
Most residents forget that code officers live in an area of Pasco also. The same violations you complain about surround them. When Code Enforcement was fully staffed, the articles gave praise; now that the department has been cut to half the size with more complaints being called in, you believe Code Enforcement is a problem.
This might be a little advice that might help: If someone on your block has a problem you can help them with, take a chance and ask if they need a hand. Being a neighbor is not just a wave of a hand as you pass in your car. It is pulling in the driveway and talking with them. If there are six different residences in close proximity to your home and you do not know their names, the neighborhood might not be the problem.
It is a fact, the more the neighbors know each other, then the problems don't last long. Take a walk around the block and when you see someone else, introduce yourself and have a little chat. Who knows? You might even gain a friend.
Code Enforcement is there to enforce the Land Development Ordinances and even educate the citizens of Pasco County. The Land Development Codes can be viewed on the county Web site at www.pascocountyfl.net, select County Agencies and to the upper right of the page open Pasco County Codified Ordinances. On the Pasco County, Florida Publications page, select Pasco County Land Development Code; to the left you will see Article 500. This is where a majority of what the department enforces.
John Arias, Port Richey
Enforce codes or cut department | Aug. 4, letter
No code action on road's upkeep
What a wonderful idea about Code Enforcement. Cutting that office would cost some jobs, but nobody is doing anything anyway. Not only Jasmine Boulevard is a mess.
I live on an unpaved road that is supposed to be privately maintained. The owner cuts brush from his property and dumps it on our side of the road to dry out. As soon as the rainy season is over, it will be a tinderbox on this road and all our property will be in jeopardy.
When code enforcement is called, the man whines about what all his neighbors are doing wrong for so long that the real problem is dismissed and nothing is ever done.
This guy admitted in front of the deputy he had been given $500 by the other neighbors but not us to help fix the road. We then gave him $200, but by his own admission, only $300 worth of material has been hauled in over the last four months and all the dirt and garbage from the road is still piled 4 feet high on our side of the road.
Donna Herrick, Hudson
Motivation is transparent C.T. Bowen column, Aug. 2
Sheriff not known for ensuring jobs
The column reminded me of Sheriff Bob White's earlier comments about wanting fire service personnel to feel reassured that he will do everything he can to protect their jobs should fire services be combined with the Sheriff's Office.
So the names Ortiz, France, Murphy, Stone, Trufant, Burke, Randall, Bogart, and Reed (etc.) should give them something to think about. They are among the longtime, professional, and dedicated Sheriff's Office members that White let go because he changed direction.
So, members of Pasco County Fire Services, be afraid, be very afraid.
Mary Ann Smith, Holiday
Teammates even after graduating
My stepson, Justin Ayers, died in November 2008. He had been a member of the River Ridge High School Royal Knights football team. Among the 500 people who attended his funeral were many coaches and teachers from his school.
Even though they had a losing season on the ballfield that school year, I just want those coaches and teachers to know that many of those graduated football players these last eight months have been over at my house cleaning the gutters, mowing my yard, washing my car, or calling to see if I need any help. They use teamwork to help me. If one can't show up, they call and send one of the other boys.
Aaron Worthington is now in the U.S. Army and he comes to see me every time he gets a leave.
I never knew that 19-year-old boys could be so considerate. I believe it is all that teamwork training. Coach Stevens, along with the other coaches, should know the players may have lost on the field that football season, but they are true royal knights in the everyday game of life.
Nancy Bryan, New Port Richey
Time to hire Americans Aug. 5, letter
Homeowner did no research
I am really annoyed about the letter from the New Port Richey resident who hired a local firm to do her roof. The writer complains that the workers who did her roof spoke Spanish therefore were undocumented workers from Mexico.
Did the writer ever think that maybe the workers were multilingual and were legal taxpaying citizens? It behooves all of us not to make assumptions about one another till we know all the facts.
The homeowner also complained about the request for a cash payment when the job was completed. Didn't she ask about this policy when she was hiring this company?
If the writer had checked her Better Business Bureau and asked to see the company license and insurance information, she may have avoided hiring a company that she was unhappy with.
Letters like these, making assumptions about people by the language they speak or how they look, only feed into the fear and prejudice that is hurting our country. Speaking a language other than English does not make you an illegal resident.
I hope the writer will rethink her position and that the Times will also rethink about printing letters that make such statements.
Joan Shapiro, Hudson