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Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk

HPH Hospice head responds

In recent days, HPH Hospice and about 40 other well-respected health care organizations have come under attack for allegations of wrong-doing based on whistle-blower reports. HPH Hospice, and to the best of our knowledge, none of the 40 health care organizations listed, have been served with any paperwork.

Unfortunately, HPH Hospice and these other organizations and agencies are being defamed for allegations we can't defend ourselves against. If or when the day comes when we do receive notice of any such actions, HPH Hospice will vigorously defend our reputation and will dispute each allegation in the courts. We ask our community to carefully consider the reputations of HPH Hospice, its employees and these other agencies before damaging opinions based solely on unsubstantiated information.

We at HPH Hospice will cooperate fully with any investigation.

Over nearly 30 years, our agency has been found in compliance with all our regulators, operating with integrity and in the best interest of our patients and families.

In the meantime, we will continue to carry on the essential work of caring for those who need our care.

Tom Barb

President & CEO

HPH Hospice

Too many drivers in a hurry Nov. 6 letter

Is there hope for Little Road?

Thank you to the letter writer for noticing these clowns going nowhere fast. I have written letters many times before about Little Road being dangerous. I live off it, so I travel it nearly daily. Lowering the speed limit would only make it more dangerous.

Many times I have been heading north on Little Road and as we crest the hill near Bolton Avenue, I see two sheriff's patrol cars parked in the median, one heading north and one heading south talking to each other while some car passes me doing no less than 60 mph. Neither patrol car moves.

After a previous complaint in the newspaper and also writing to Sheriff Bob White personally, I got a phone call from the agency explaining that the deputies are asked to sit in plain sight to do their paperwork to deter people from speeding. I have noticed since that it really works. Now they pass me at 60 mph instead of 70 mph. So much for our letters.

Let's see if our new sheriff has a better idea.

Donna Herrick, Hudson

Too many drivers in a hurry Nov. 6 letter

Slow drivers, move over

The letter writer asked, "Why are people in such a hurry to go nowhere fast?"

What makes him think they are going nowhere? Maybe in Wyoming people have no place to go, but here we have people going to and from work. They need to drop their kids at school or day care. We also have early appointments. Later, we are hurrying home to pick up our kids, fix dinner, help with homework and just take care of our families. Some of us do not have the time to drive 10 mph under the speed limit. We have busy lives, things to do and places to go.

Not everyone is retired. If the slower moving snowbirds would stay off the main roads during the commute hours, there would probably be less traffic and accidents.

Not all of Little Road is 45 mph. There are stretches of 55 mph. I am a retiree who goes places, not just sightseeing. So move over, you slow drivers and let us get to the places we need to be.

Shirley Capriola, New Port Richey

The view from a 99 percenter

Dade City lawyer Charlie Waller, who describes himself as a "1 percenter," dismisses the Occupy protesters as disheveled, disorganized, rude, crude people who just want to party.

Well, I am a business owner, an investor, a registered Republican with no tattoos, piercings, etc. I am alarmed at the corrupt banking practices, broken politics and damaged economy that have made a mess of this country. Mr. Waller, I am one of the 99 percent.

Gregory P. Smith, San Antonio

Leaders make it easy for gun thugs | Nov. 4 letter

Take another look at the reports

The letter writer is manipulating statistics to reach false conclusions. The same crime reports he cites from the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) will reflect quite the opposite results, depending on the base year one uses. The writer also neglects to mention that the population increased by 2.4 million from 2001 to 2010, which substantially dilutes his manipulated conclusion.

If one chooses 1989 as a base year, that calculates to a 24 percent decrease in murder by firearm (669 in 2010 versus 888 in 1989) with an increase in population of almost 6 million people.

The important criteria to keep in mind is the trend over time. In 1987, the year Florida began its concealed carry program, the murder rate per 100,000 population was 11.4. In 2010 that same rate had significantly fallen to 5.3. The murder by firearm rate dropped from 2009 to 2010 by 3.7 percent.

In 2010, the total number of violent crimes (murders, assaults, robberies and forcible sex crimes) fell 10 percent compared with 2009, while property crimes (burglaries and auto thefts) dipped 6 percent, according to an April 27 article in the Times. That same article quotes Hillsborough Sheriff's Col. Albert Frost: "I've been asked, how do you prevent a homicide. I don't think anyone knows the answer to that." The writer has no answers either.

Irene Giragosian, Bayonet Point

Sinkhole insurance debacle C.T. Bowen column Nov. 6

How we really got to this point

Although I definitely agree with most of your recent column regarding Citizens' new preinspection process for sinkhole coverage, what I would really like to see is something holding more blame on homeowners, sinkhole repair companies and public adjusters who profited, very handsomely, by filing bogus claims for those driveway cracks!

They are the reason we're all in this mess. They knew what they were doing. They knew they were taking advantage of the situation. They knew they didn't have a sinkhole. Plain and simple, they knew they'd get paid, without regard to what the ramifications might be, and they are the reason we are where we are.

Find these people and make them feel some shame.

Todd Christofferson, Oldsmar

Sinkhole insurance debacle C.T. Bowen column Nov. 6

Affordability, or lack thereof

The column brought a lot of issues to light, and called out some of the elected officials as well.

I've spoken with many Realtors and your point about "what good are low impact fees if sinkhole insurance is not affordable for the homeowner" really hit the nail on the head.

Glenn Hanff, New Port Richey

Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk 11/08/11 Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:20pm]

    

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Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk

HPH Hospice head responds

In recent days, HPH Hospice and about 40 other well-respected health care organizations have come under attack for allegations of wrong-doing based on whistle-blower reports. HPH Hospice, and to the best of our knowledge, none of the 40 health care organizations listed, have been served with any paperwork.

Unfortunately, HPH Hospice and these other organizations and agencies are being defamed for allegations we can't defend ourselves against. If or when the day comes when we do receive notice of any such actions, HPH Hospice will vigorously defend our reputation and will dispute each allegation in the courts. We ask our community to carefully consider the reputations of HPH Hospice, its employees and these other agencies before damaging opinions based solely on unsubstantiated information.

We at HPH Hospice will cooperate fully with any investigation.

Over nearly 30 years, our agency has been found in compliance with all our regulators, operating with integrity and in the best interest of our patients and families.

In the meantime, we will continue to carry on the essential work of caring for those who need our care.

Tom Barb

President & CEO

HPH Hospice

Too many drivers in a hurry Nov. 6 letter

Is there hope for Little Road?

Thank you to the letter writer for noticing these clowns going nowhere fast. I have written letters many times before about Little Road being dangerous. I live off it, so I travel it nearly daily. Lowering the speed limit would only make it more dangerous.

Many times I have been heading north on Little Road and as we crest the hill near Bolton Avenue, I see two sheriff's patrol cars parked in the median, one heading north and one heading south talking to each other while some car passes me doing no less than 60 mph. Neither patrol car moves.

After a previous complaint in the newspaper and also writing to Sheriff Bob White personally, I got a phone call from the agency explaining that the deputies are asked to sit in plain sight to do their paperwork to deter people from speeding. I have noticed since that it really works. Now they pass me at 60 mph instead of 70 mph. So much for our letters.

Let's see if our new sheriff has a better idea.

Donna Herrick, Hudson

Too many drivers in a hurry Nov. 6 letter

Slow drivers, move over

The letter writer asked, "Why are people in such a hurry to go nowhere fast?"

What makes him think they are going nowhere? Maybe in Wyoming people have no place to go, but here we have people going to and from work. They need to drop their kids at school or day care. We also have early appointments. Later, we are hurrying home to pick up our kids, fix dinner, help with homework and just take care of our families. Some of us do not have the time to drive 10 mph under the speed limit. We have busy lives, things to do and places to go.

Not everyone is retired. If the slower moving snowbirds would stay off the main roads during the commute hours, there would probably be less traffic and accidents.

Not all of Little Road is 45 mph. There are stretches of 55 mph. I am a retiree who goes places, not just sightseeing. So move over, you slow drivers and let us get to the places we need to be.

Shirley Capriola, New Port Richey

The view from a 99 percenter

Dade City lawyer Charlie Waller, who describes himself as a "1 percenter," dismisses the Occupy protesters as disheveled, disorganized, rude, crude people who just want to party.

Well, I am a business owner, an investor, a registered Republican with no tattoos, piercings, etc. I am alarmed at the corrupt banking practices, broken politics and damaged economy that have made a mess of this country. Mr. Waller, I am one of the 99 percent.

Gregory P. Smith, San Antonio

Leaders make it easy for gun thugs | Nov. 4 letter

Take another look at the reports

The letter writer is manipulating statistics to reach false conclusions. The same crime reports he cites from the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) will reflect quite the opposite results, depending on the base year one uses. The writer also neglects to mention that the population increased by 2.4 million from 2001 to 2010, which substantially dilutes his manipulated conclusion.

If one chooses 1989 as a base year, that calculates to a 24 percent decrease in murder by firearm (669 in 2010 versus 888 in 1989) with an increase in population of almost 6 million people.

The important criteria to keep in mind is the trend over time. In 1987, the year Florida began its concealed carry program, the murder rate per 100,000 population was 11.4. In 2010 that same rate had significantly fallen to 5.3. The murder by firearm rate dropped from 2009 to 2010 by 3.7 percent.

In 2010, the total number of violent crimes (murders, assaults, robberies and forcible sex crimes) fell 10 percent compared with 2009, while property crimes (burglaries and auto thefts) dipped 6 percent, according to an April 27 article in the Times. That same article quotes Hillsborough Sheriff's Col. Albert Frost: "I've been asked, how do you prevent a homicide. I don't think anyone knows the answer to that." The writer has no answers either.

Irene Giragosian, Bayonet Point

Sinkhole insurance debacle C.T. Bowen column Nov. 6

How we really got to this point

Although I definitely agree with most of your recent column regarding Citizens' new preinspection process for sinkhole coverage, what I would really like to see is something holding more blame on homeowners, sinkhole repair companies and public adjusters who profited, very handsomely, by filing bogus claims for those driveway cracks!

They are the reason we're all in this mess. They knew what they were doing. They knew they were taking advantage of the situation. They knew they didn't have a sinkhole. Plain and simple, they knew they'd get paid, without regard to what the ramifications might be, and they are the reason we are where we are.

Find these people and make them feel some shame.

Todd Christofferson, Oldsmar

Sinkhole insurance debacle C.T. Bowen column Nov. 6

Affordability, or lack thereof

The column brought a lot of issues to light, and called out some of the elected officials as well.

I've spoken with many Realtors and your point about "what good are low impact fees if sinkhole insurance is not affordable for the homeowner" really hit the nail on the head.

Glenn Hanff, New Port Richey

Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk 11/08/11 Pasco letters to the editor: HPH Hospice head responds to attack; Little Road speeding continues to irk 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:20pm]

    

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