Which GOP values are we talking about? | March 19,
C.T. Bowen column
Bunting, GOP doing a great job
A careful evaluation of Mr. Bowen's opinion piece would lead readers to conclude that it is nothing more than sniping and resentment about the political successes of the Republican Party of Pasco County. The rising membership numbers of its executive committee, its more-often-than-not successes at the ballot box, its wildly successful annual fundraising dinners and its healthy bank account are the true causes of Mr. Bowen's resentments, embodied by the dynamic leadership of Bill Bunting.
Danny Burgess, the youngest-ever Zephyrhills City Council member, has been doing a fine job, as well as school superintendent Heather Fiorentino. It was Bill Bunting that led the opposition to the Penny for Pasco tax reflecting the party's position of lower taxes and smaller government. What was Bowen's position on that issue?
Bowen displays just more than a bit of biased opinion regarding the government of Port Richey. Its voters will make the final judgments on its performance. Dredging Port Richey's clogged and poorly maintained canals is a difficult task made more difficult and expensive by environmental concerns. In reality, one necessary permit was recently granted by a federal agency. The goal of removing an aged and dilapidated trailer park is surely a proper one. These are two needed improvements, and both are inherently difficult and expensive.
It is Bunting's job to encourage Republican conservatism in Pasco County, and he's doing a great job.
Irene Giragosian, Hudson
No conflict in running for seat
A question has come up concerning my position as executive director of Greater New Port Richey Main Street and my candidacy for New Port Richey City Council.
Greater New Port Richey Main Street is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and is part of the Florida Main Street Program under the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Main Street is under an annually renewable contract with the city to supply designated services, including staging special events, for which funding is provided. Incidentally, the national Main Street program is the only one proven successful in reversing the economic decline in the nation's downtowns, and it is working well here.
Prior to filing for the election, Thomas Morrison, the city attorney of New Port Richey, reviewed the question of any possible conflict. Mr. Morrison responded in writing that he could determine no conflict from filling both posts as long as I would abstain from voting on any Main Street funding issues. He commented that the Main Street issues would constitute less than "one-half of 1 percent" of the council's annual business.
Having been reassured by Mr. Morrison that there was no conflict as long as I did not vote on these Main Street funding issues, I filed for the position of City Council member.
The city of New Port Richey and the Main Street organization share a common goal to benefit the city residents in making the city a better place to live, work, do business, and enjoy recreational activities and events. I see serving on the City Council as a way to expand my work for our fine city.
Judy DeBella Thomas,
New Port Richey
Traffic lights aren't up to code
Basically what I find laughable is that the government is accessing a red light camera when the very light they are accessing is not within code. They were called on the east- and westbound lights and had to change them but never changed the north- and southbound lights. By code, the traffic light has to be at least 40 feet from the traffic stop line.
The intersection of Leo Kidd Avenue and Ridge Road is another one that is not within code and another one that has been deemed quite dangerous. I think that "dangerous'' and "not within code'' pretty much go hand in hand. I, along with a lot of people, am forced to pull my neck out of joint trying to see the actual light that is controlling traffic.
An easy demonstration would be to buy a 50 foot rope and mark off 5 feet from each side with blue painters' tape. You will have 40 feet and that is code for the distance the traffic lights have to be from the stop line. Go to the intersections and see what the distance really is. You would be amazed — the ones that are within code are quite a distance and there are quite a few that do not meet the distance at all.
Keep in mind this is the minimum required by code, at the least to be considered safe and the very least to save lives.
Terry Reinhart, Port Richey