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Pasco must focus on teen crime, not beaches

I have been reading some of the letters and opinions of fellow Pasco residents and although I do respect their views, I do not agree with what they feel Pasco County needs.

The residents who feel Pasco should improve their beaches are getting just that. Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs is getting a major facelift. So what beaches, besides nearby Howard Park in Pinellas, are there in Pasco? Green Key and Hudson beaches? I am sorry, but there is nothing anyone can do for these two so-called beaches.

There is something much worse and if we don’t do anything now, tomorrow will be too late. I am talking about out-of-control teenagers and violent crime. Unfortunately, we are seeing both of these issues being used in the same sentence all too often.

We can invest millions of dollars into these three locations and it still will not bring tourists or local people out to enjoy them. I have written many letters to this paper, commented on everything from shoplifting to murder, but no one seems to be listening.

It is unfortunate, but violent teenage felonies are on the rise in Pasco County and it seems it is divided into two causes: Gangs and lack of parenting. I’m sorry, people, but Pasco County needs to fix much more important things before we worry about if it should be beaches or tennis courts.

Unless we, the residents of Pasco, demand our streets get cleaned up and parents be held accountable, we are in for a losing fight. We will worry more about bigger and stronger locks on our doors and will care less about the beaches. Good luck to all of us.

Joe Everhart, Port Richey

County shelter is not a no-kill venue | May 17 letter

Do your research on pet shelters

Let this be a lesson to anyone giving their precious animals up. Do your homework. There are many other avenues and assistance out there other than the county shelters. There are several rescue groups (just use Google) that take pets. From there, the owner can do a home check to prospective adoptive parents to make sure their pet has a good home.

Spread the word. We all have got to be more proactive with our pets and our neighbors’ pets. Bad times can happen to anyone.

Shara Wahl, Weeki Wachee

Animal welfare takes knowledge

I was heartbroken to read the letter from the Dade City woman regarding her dog being euthanized at Hernando County Animal Services. This is a tragic example of the public’s lack of awareness regarding animal welfare and the options available to them.

Hernando County Animal Services has never promoted itself as a no-kill shelter. It is a county agency charged with enforcing the local code ordinances, which sadly includes the euthanasia of homeless pets when their facility is full. My guess is that Mrs. Rice’s veterinarian was referring to several of the no-kill animal shelters in Hernando County, such as the Hernando SPCA or the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

It is important for the public to do its homework and understand all the options for animal surrender. In this economy, animals are being surrendered and abandoned at an alarming rate. As soon as there is an available kennel, it becomes occupied immediately. This is happening all across the country. It is important for families to do everything in their power to keep their pets with their family. Animal shelters offer referrals and suggestions to help solve many of the problems that result in the surrender of a pet.

Every pet should have the basic training to live in harmony in their family and in their neighborhood. This is an important factor to consider when adopting a pet. Preventative health care is also an expense that a pet parent should anticipate. Rabies shots, flea control and heart worm preventatives are the basic essentials, along with spay/neuter procedures. Most animal rescue shelters provide the basic inoculations and spay/neuter services for all pets that they adopt out to the public.

A pet is a major commitment, and these are important issues to consider before adopting a pet. A pet is for life.

Joanne Schoch,

Executive Director, Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Spring Hill

Let’s make this nation great again

What’s happening in this country and particularly in this state? What’s going on? Every time I look at the newspaper all I see are rapes, robberies, thefts and rising unemployment. This is the greatest country on the face of this globe, or at least it used to be, and all we have is government mishandling things.

We have to get back on track. If someone doesn’t have a job, get him or her one. If they don’t know how, train them. There should be no such thing as unemployment. Unemployment was back in the days of the Great Depression.

We have to get back to the point where we’re eager to know something or know how something works and to keep at it. We can’t afford to just cruise by. Technology is moving too fast and we have to catch it, before it passes us by.

If you’re old enough to purchase a gun, you’re old enough to join the Armed Services and put it to some good use overseas instead of using it on your neighbor, in some drive-by shooting or to kill a neighbor’s pet.

We used to have the greatest, most popular country on the planet. Let’s try to get it back.

Michael A. Meisse, Spring Hill

Flag cutter needs freedom lesson

As a board member of the Brookridge Country Club and Golf Association and a Korean War veteran, I take issue with Walter Fallica’s action of cutting down the Canadian flag flying alongside the American flag in front of the Brookridge Country Club and Golf Association’s clubhouse. This past spring, a group of our Canadian members approached the board of directors of the Golf Association requesting permission to put up a flagpole in front of the clubhouse and fly their Canadian flag alongside the U.S. flag.

The board of directors investigated the protocol of flying a foreign flag and found that flags of friendly nations can be flown adjacent to the U.S. flag, but must be:

• Positioned to the left of the American flag (when standing in front of the clubhouse facing outward).

• Flown on separate poles of the same height.

• Of similar size as the American flag.

The board of directors, the elected representatives of the golf club, voted unanimously to approve the request.

On May 11, Mr. Walter Fallica cut down this Canadian flag, claiming that flying it was a disgrace, especially when we’ve got boys out there fighting in harm’s way.

The question then becomes, whose freedoms were violated?

Does the flying of the Canadian flag next to the American flag violate any laws or any person’s freedoms? No.

Were Mr. Fallica’s rights or freedoms violated? No.

Were the rights of the Brookridge Country Club and Golf Association members violated? Absolutely, yes.

Freedom is not a one-way street. Freedom to me means that I can do anything as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights of others and does not violate any federal, state or local laws. Mr. Fallica needs to be reminded what freedom is all about.

Bruce Gethen, director, Brookridge Country Club and Golf Association

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Pasco must focus on teen crime, not beaches 05/19/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:08pm]
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