Re: Fridays may get summer off | May 23 story
Mold may grow
as costs are cut
I urge Hernando County Schools superintendent Wayne Alexander to take into consideration the health of his employees and students before cutting power to the schools one day a week for the summer. I know there will be no one in the buildings; that is not the problem. I am talking about the growth of mold.
Some people are highly allergic to mold; other's develop a sensitivity to it when exposed every day. When my daughter was in school, she almost failed fourth grade because her classroom had so much mold in it she missed at least one day a week. I had to place her in a private school for the sake of her health.
I also suffer from mold exposure at my work and am on allergy shots and have to wear a mask in the building. Is saving money more important than people's health? The Bible says you cannot serve God and money. When will we start saving peoples lives, their jobs, the environment and the animals? So far, all of our efforts to save money have cost us money. We keep cutting government spending, but there is no money. It is going to big businesses, not where it should go.
Protect our kids' health, educate them, give them good medical treatment and help them find good jobs. Then they can pay taxes, and we will have more money. Florida businesses need to pay more taxes so they can have better-educated employees, and they will make more money. When we do this, we will find that in the long run we also are saving money.
Janet Cowling, Brooksville
Re: Lime rock roads not a silicosis risk | April 15 letter
to test road dust
This is a response to the geologist who said the silicon in the lime rock dust is not a risk to our health.
We are not talking about a casual, one-time exposure. The families who live along these roads are subjected to this dust in the air all day, day-in, day-out. There is a layer of lime rock dust inside their homes that they must deal with constantly. If it is on their furniture, it is in the air in their homes. Even though the relative amount of silicon in the lime rock may be small, it does not dissolve once it is in the lung and accumulates over time. There are many other chemicals in this lime rock as well, including pollutants from the cars that drive over it.
Hernando County commissioners need to do their jobs and get experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the quality of the air as cars and trucks drive by on these roads. I believe they will learn that the pollutants in this dust violate EPA standards. The commissioners also should spend some time standing along these roads, as the children waiting for school buses are expected to do every day. It is unlikely they will still believe it is "safe" after just one day of exposure.
The transportation impact fee has increased substantially in recent years, but what are we getting for it in the unpaved areas? The requirement of petitioning and 70 percent agreement among neighbors is antiquated and needs to be re-evaluated. Many in these areas simply cannot afford the cost of paving. Those of us who can afford it cannot get it done because of the 70 percent requirement. In addition, we are paying the same millage rate for property taxes as those who live in areas with all of the services the county provides, such as water, fire hydrants, drainage, cable and Internet access, and fully paved and maintained roads. We are getting none of these services.
Many people who own land in the unpaved areas are waiting to build until the roads are paved. The county will easily recoup the cost of paving from the additional property tax revenue it will receive when these people move in.
Dr. Mary T. Newport