Mosquito board raises are wrong
It never ceases to amaze me about the irresponsible actions of our government officials in justifying raises for their employees during an economic downturn.
If anything, budget reductions via all government agencies/employees should be the order of the day even if it requires salary and budget reductions. If the employees, managers and elected representatives are not happy with current conditions, they have the option to quit. This would provide one of many unemployed but well-qualified applicants to be hired at a reduced salary level. This action could result in keeping budgets in line and possibly reduce taxes.
If the Pasco Mosquito Control District commissioners firmly believe raises are justified then they should be willing to fund the raises with reductions in their own salaries.
History has shown that good managers live within their assigned budgets in times of economic downturns. Great managers go the extra mile to implement cost reductions for the good of the company.
Hopefully, the voters will remember the great leaders when election time rolls around. We deserve better from our leaders.
James J. Kershaw, Port Richey
Renke support warrants apology
I would like to thank the Times for an outstanding article on John Renke II. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Renke violated election laws by giving his son $98,500 and his son was removed from the bench as a circuit court judge. The Florida Bar said Mr. Renke made an unlawful campaign contribution and this might have constituted a third-degree felony. I cannot understand why he was not prosecuted.
Furthermore, I believe it is about time for Sen. Mike Fasano and Rep. John Legg to apologize to all Republicans for their endorsement of Mr. Renke in his 2008 race for Republican state committeeman.
Republicans deserve the truth and not the dirty, behind-the-scene politics played on us.
Denise Nosal, Bayonet Point
Chef's family says thanks for votes
We are so thankful to everyone in Hernando and Pasco counties who voted for Chef Kevin Howe.
It has been an amazing experience. From the well wishes to the great hugs we have been receiving, it is just a reflection of the wonderful people in our little part of the world. We are very grateful for this opportunity.
Karen Howe, Spring Hill
Don't make us all pay for dredging
The city of Port Richey would like it if all residents helped to pay for canal dredging. Not so fast.
I don't want to go on the water and I don't live on it. I live on the east side of U.S. 19, the forgotten part of the city. Maybe instead of paying for dredging, we would like something done for us on the east side.
We pay taxes too. Just because we live over here doesn't mean we don't care or don't have a wish list for our side of the city. Ask us. Take the first step and find out what you can do for us.
Judy Parisi, Port Richey
Editor's note: The Port Richey City Council has not yet determined the boundaries for a proposed special taxing district to pay for canal dredging.