Paving roads isn't funding priority
The paving of lime rock roads in Hernando County, I see, has come up again. Letter writer Chuck Schlakman of Spring Hill wrote on Jan. 17, "We will not countenance county commissioners who year in and year out continue to inflict needless discomfort, hardship and health hazard upon those homeowners fronting still unpaved, dangerous, eroding, lime rock roads in the Royal Highlands subdivision."
I ask, why do people buy property and build houses along these unpaved roads if they don't want to live on them?
I'm sure for every person complaining about the dust and potholes in these areas there's another person who actually enjoys the fact that they can legally ride their ATVs along these roads and that's why they live there.
Funding and paying for paving lime rock roads should in no way be a top priority here. What about the neighborhoods that have decided to pave their own roads? Should they be reimbursed? No! I say at this time Hernando County should maintain what we have and forget about upgrades.
Alan Daniel, Weeki Wachee
Focus on issue of domestic violence
The coverage of Sarah Blackburn's death has focused on Dr. Robert Blackburn and his accomplishments, which have nothing to do with the incident at hand. This is the most heinous act of domestic violence our community has seen.
Sarah was the victim of domestic battery that was so inhumane and animalistic that it led to her violent death. The victim of domestic violence is never to blame. Sarah did not cause or deserve what happened to her. The abuser, Dr. Blackburn, was solely responsible for his actions. If anyone in the community does not understand this, please reference www.ndvh.org. Domestic violence crosses all socioeconomic classes.
As a community we need recognize Sarah Blackburn as a loving mother who was battered to death by her husband when she tried to leave. This is always a risk when women try to break a cycle of abuse. May Sarah rest in peace and God bless her children.
Stacie Laviano, Spring Hill
Making banks pay means we pay
For those who think we need to stick it to those nasty, greedy, big banks, consider the following:
Taxpayers generated the money the government gave to banks to bail them out. If those banks are forced to pay a fee to reimburse the government, they will increase fees customers pay for their accounts, their checks, their credit cards, etc., rather than disappoint their shareholders and investors by having a drop in profits.
Aren't those bank customers the same taxpayers who provided the money in the first place? Then look in the mirror and ask yourself, who is that moron looking back at me?
There is, though, a silver lining to this dark cloud. Almost 50 percent of Americans pay income taxes. This then becomes a way to make them do so.
If you're part of the 50 percent and believe what the government did is good, don't you think that you've just been suckered and lied to by the Congress who voted for this?
Vilmar Tavares, Spring Hill