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Planned Ridge Road Extension wastes taxpayers' money

Drop Ridge Road Extension plan

It is hard to believe that Pasco County commissioners are once again considering spending taxpayer money for further studies on a dead project that holds no benefit for the residents.

This Ridge Road Extension project is not about evacuation and safety. This project is about increasing the value of investment land (some of which is presently inaccessible) for development purposes. These wealthy land speculators and developers continue to influence our county government for their own selfish interests.

Compromising the Serenova Preserve should not even be an option and I applaud the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its diligence in recognizing the fallacy of this project. Pasco County commissioners should finally drop this project, quit wasting our tax money, and concentrate on widening State Roads 52 and 54 for the good of all.

Frank Schroeder, Land O'Lakes

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VW-loving vet deserves better

Here's a man who fought for his country and his country made him dead before his time! It hurt my heart to read what our beloved county did to Corky Yager.

Our county forced him to get rid of most of his business, Sunray Bugs, leaving him struggling to make a living.

This man fought for the right of our freedoms and this is how we treat him. Shame on Pasco County.

Crystal Mackey, Dade City

Shedding light on Alzheimer's

November is national Alzheimer's disease month. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will participate in national candle lighting day. It is a good time for us to stop for a minute and consider the impact of the disease on Alzheimer's patients and the implications for the future.

Currently, this terrible disease is affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. It affects 1 in 10 people at age 65 and half of the people at age 85. With the advancing baby boomers, experts predict that up to 16 million people will be affected by the year 2030. Those who are or have been caregivers of an Alzheimer's disease patient know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain that is involved.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local organization that offers a number of services and programs to help families dealing with the many responsibilities of caregiving for an Alzheimer's disease or dementia patient. Memory loss is the first indicator that a person may have a problem, possibly the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

It is very important to get a diagnosis early. This allows valuable time for the patient and family to make unhurried decisions on medical treatment and address important financial concerns.

On Nov. 13, we offer free memory screenings to anyone who feels he or she may be experiencing memory loss. For information, contact our main office at (727) 848-8888 or toll free at 1-888-496-8004.

Dominick DePetrillo, executive director, Alzheimer's Family Organization

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Planned Ridge Road Extension wastes taxpayers' money 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 5:06pm]

    

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