Garbage provider change is good | Jan. 25 letter
Trash hauler isn't worth the savings
I totally disagree with recent letter writer who praised the new garbage company Republic.
Waste Management was always prompt and efficient. They never missed a pickup in my eight years at this residence. You get what you pay for.
I wish my 75 cents saved a week with this new company could be reversed and I could have Waste Management back.
Jim Caputo, Spring Hill
Hamilton's firing boggles the mind
I've delayed writing this letter so that I could do it with a Christian attitude, but the longer I wait, the more things are deteriorating.
How could a majority of county commissioners possibly fire David Hamilton, the best county administrator we've had since 1984?
Instead of nitpicking at Mr. Hamilton, the commissioners should have remembered the very wise decisions he made without controversy. Only a special person can do that.
Thank you, Mr. Hamilton, for all that you've done for our county.
I sincerely hope that the voters make wiser decisions in the coming election.
Audrey B. Wild, Brooksville
County increases vacancy rates
The Magnolia Gardens are nearing completion in Brooksville. I want to congratulate the Hernando County Housing Authority on building this magnificent structure which I opposed when first proposed on the basis that it was not justified by a need for additional apartments in the county. I have no doubt it will fill up because no one can compete with this. But there also is no question it will increase an already existing vacancy rate in Hernando County.
The estimated cost of the 60-unit project was $8.1 million. More likely, the actual cost is higher. At that rate, one- and two-bedroom apartments cost $135,000 each. A private investor making would need to charge $1,000 to $1,500 a month in order to justify the project. I was advised the rents at Magnolia Gardens will be $550 for one-bedroom and $650 for a two-bedroom unit.
Competition in Hernando County is a thing of the past. I really would like to know who is the beneficiary of these magnificent windfalls. I do not think you could get more than $50,000 per unit for the finest apartments in this county today based on current market conditions as they struggle to get $800 or so for a two-bedroom apartment.
By the way, they also are confiscating the best quality tenants. Seniors are more ethical than younger people, honor their contracts and often pay their rent before they eat.
I know this is not the end of it as another similar projects are being built near Spring Hill Regional Hospital and two more are presently planned for which the County Commission saw fit to eliminate impact fees.
There will be hundreds of additional units. If these projects were being built with private funds, they would all fail because few people here would be able to afford the required rents. No one can compete with these government-funded projects and no one is benefitting from them since vacancies are currently available elsewhere for similar rents.
I do hope the additional 50,000 residents we need here in the county to justify this new construction will arrive soon. If not, it is possible I will be part of the chaos being caused. Just because governments at all levels choose to throw taxpayer money down the drain in this fashion, does not meant that we have to participate.
Owner Glen Oaks Apartments
Help community by donating blood
Blood donors are quiet super heroes who have saved the lives of people in our communities and they are the people you can count on if your friends or family members are in need. January is Blood Donor Awareness Month, and we would like to thank all of those who gave in 2011 and extend an invitation to them and others to do the same in 2012.
Blood donors are a select bunch, and they could certainly use some help. Currently fewer than one in 10 Americans regularly gives blood, so this small group is challenged to keep up with the need. The organization America's Blood Centers calculates that 38,000 units of blood are needed every day in the U.S. That need never sleeps and it never takes a holiday.
There is no substitute for human blood. The only way we can assure that it will be on the shelves at the hospital when it is needed, is for donors to step forward. That need is particularly acute during January because supplies are typically low coming out of the holidays. It's also the season when severe weather as well as colds and flu prevent many regular donors from giving.
Our donors range from high school students, to college students to senior citizens who have a long history of donating and continue to give. It's one way to give back to our community even during tight economic times. We often ask our first-time donors why they decided to give blood. The most common answer is, "Somebody asked me."
As part of Blood Donor Awareness Month, I'm asking you to please give. That decision could make a lifesaving difference for someone in need in our community.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Brooksville
A big thank you from the VFW
As commander of VFW Post 10209, I would like to thank everyone who attended, entertained, and volunteered during our Jan. 21 fundraiser to help offset the additional expenses after the theft of our air conditioning units.
Thanks to the entertainers and the elected officials. It means so very much to our members to know that those who represent our community, share in supporting our VFW.
It is wonderful to see such community support in a tough economy.
Lou Lessner, Spring Hill