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Pasco County needs better beaches, not tennis courts

Tennis isn't what the county needs

Thank you, whoever you are, for looking out for Pasco County's future. It certainly was not the County Commission. Ask anyone you know in Pasco County or elsewhere if they would go to see a tennis match in the near future if we had a stadium. To compare the Rays and the Bucs to tennis is ridiculous.

I'll bet not one commissioner can say he or she watches tennis matches on television and has any interest in the sport.

Commissioner Ann Hildebrand was wrong about this stadium being a boon for the county. What about improving our beaches, making them people-friendly and possibly enlarging or rebuilding them? That's what Florida is all about — the water. Only if you own a boat can you go to a nice beach locally. Why not by car instead?

Bob Clark, Port Richey

RE: Every day should be Mother's Day Guest column May 10

Doctor deserves tribute as well

Dr. Rao Musunuru's Mother's Day guest column shows the deeply human side of a highly decorated cardiologist. That he pays tribute to all mothers, in particular his grandmother, indicates a sense of humanity rare in the medical field. There is no distance between Dr. Musunuru and his patients as he always assures a close relationship that benefits us all.

I remember so well a family meeting at Bayonet Point Regional Hospital when Dr. Musunuru refused to let me leave based on a diagnosis that needed immediate attention. That was 10 years ago and I owe my life to his caring attitude and the efficient treatment under his guidance at Bayonet Point Hospital.

I could go on and on about Dr. Musunuru's commitment to the community, to the elderly and to all his patients but suffice it to say we owe him a debt of gratitude as he stresses gratitude in turn to motherhood. His mother is undoubtedly extremely proud of her special son, as was his grandmother before she passed away.

John M. Angelini, Hudson

Mother's voice is always with us

Dr. Rao Musunuru's column on Mother's Day was both inspirational and thought-provoking. Regardless of age, culture, education or financial status, as a rule, we are more influenced by our mothers than by any other single individual.

As Dr. Musunuru points out, while our mothers and grandmothers often lacked advanced degrees, we tend to bow to their wisdom and experience in making decisions. If we are no longer fortunate enough to have them with us, there always seems to be that little voice reminding us what our mothers would have told us to do when faced with a difficult choice.

A day in the life of a mother consists of continuous nurturing and sacrificing, which never really ends. While common sense dictates that the "favor should be returned out of responsibility, respect and affection,'' the concept has sadly been somewhat lost in Western culture.

Perhaps the state of the economy, which has forced many to give up their homes and return to live with their families, has unwittingly provided an opportunity for double the amount of caring, nurturing and protection "with generations in the same big, sturdy house." (Our mothers would have managed to find something positive in all of this.)

My mother would have been astounded at any notion that there would be something I could not accomplish. My daughter was always taught that with proper effort anything is possible and her daughter is already fiercely independent at the tender age of 15 months as a result of constant encouragement.

Dr. Musunuru's mother indeed made a supreme sacrifice when she advised him to seek a better life in a distant land and continue his studies in the U.S. She was convinced as well that, for him, all things were possible. Our entire community has indeed benefited from her wisdom and sacrifice.

Thank you, Dr. Musunuru, for all the ways in which you have helped others and for taking the time to share your thoughts about the universal influence of a mother's love.

Anne A. Corona, New Port Richey

County is better for doctor's work

Dr. Musunuru mentioned his family's sacrifice when he left them and came to the United Sates. He was hoping through their sacrifice he had made a difference in his local community.

Pasco County is immensely enriched directly by Dr. Musunuru living and working here. He is always ready to help even before he is asked. He gives so much of himself; even after he has gone way past the extra mile he seems ready to go even further. He is a wonderful person who deserves all the good that is bound to circle back to him.

I wonder if he really knows how many lives he has touched. I am not talking about the big showy things written about in the papers or that make the evening news, I am talking about the everyday things he does so easily. It seems that the goodness in his heart spills over and spreads happy feelings everywhere around him.

I would like to thank his mother and family for relinquishing him and sending him to the States Our county is richer and our lives are just a little happier because he is in this world.

Melissa Fahy

CEO, Good Samaritan Health clinic, New Port Richey

RE: Veterans should support office | letter May 13

Veterans' office needs support

The recent letter shows the lack of support of local veterans. I'm one of the guilty ones.

I strongly support the letter writer's efforts to ensure that Pasco County continues to fund the Veterans Affairs office. If we let the office die from lack of interest, it will take a monumental effort to get it reinstated.

Write or call your county commissioner.

Roy Tate, New Port Richey

Caregivers need help in hurricane

Hurricane season will soon be upon us. It is extremely difficult for us to consider all that we need to do to protect ourselves and our property from this possibly devastating situation. Now, think of what it can be like if you are a caregiver and your loved one needs special care. How would an elderly person who may have trouble considering all the necessary tasks for himself or herself be able to incorporate that responsibility for their loved one?

The Alzheimer's Family Organization has a program geared for individuals who may be homebound in Pasco County. It will be facilitated by one of our volunteers, Sandy Knapp, who will visit caregivers and inform them of this program. The primary function will be a review of evacuation procedures and collecting appropriate data to determine individuals who require placement at a special needs shelter. This data will then be forwarded to the appropriate departments of Pasco County Emergency Management to determine if the individual meets the special-needs criteria.

This program is made possible by a grant from the National Faith-In-Action Network and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation An additional grant was received from the Pasco Aging Network.

Sandy Knapp has been a volunteer with us since the late 1990s and besides being involved with various fundraisers, has been the co-chair of the Alberta Beversdorf luncheon/fashion show for the past five years and was the chairperson as well as a respite care volunteer for the Alzheimer's Faith-in-Action Respite Care Program.

For information, call 727-848-8888 or toll free at 888-496-8004

Dominick DePetrillo

Executive Director

Alzheimer's Family Organization, New Port Richey

RE: 'Gunlandia'

Leave, if you don't like the area

Interstate highways I-95 and I-75 can take you to wherever you feel safer.

Hit the road!

David Ferguson, Lakeland

Thanks for help with food drive

The letter carriers are to be thanked profusely for their participation in this latest food drive. It is no easy task that they take on. So, thank you.

Let's not forget all the people who helped unload and sort and deliver the food to the various agencies.

Tina Golden, Hudson

Lake helps out during drought

As a new resident of Florida, you can see the hardship of people trying to maintain their landscaping and lawns through this severe drought.

But, if you're lucky enough to live by a lake, it's no problem. They just put their pumps deeper into the lake.

Hurray for me and that's life for you.

Richard R. Nelson, Land O'Lakes

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