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Proliferation of sweepstakes businesses in Hernando County is asking for trouble

Slot machines lead to crime

I would like to address the sweepstakes businesses opening up all over Hernando County, particularly in light of Hernando's top story last week about a woman's gambling debt which caused her to bilk her in-laws out of nearly a half of million dollars. What was her poison? Slot machines. What are inside these sweepstakes businesses? Slot machines. Sweepstakes is just a cute name for gambling, to try to keep the business under the radar of law enforcement.

The manufacturers of these machines and owners say they are legal, but by Florida statute it clearly states they are not.

Sheriff Al Neinhuis, why are you allowing these to be opening up and operating? Were you not appointed sheriff to uphold all of the laws, whether you believe in them or not?

The State Attorney's Office has a zero tolerance policy on these types of businesses. During your time as an agent of with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, enforcing gambling laws was also part of your job. When you drive down a single road in Hernando County and see two or three of these businesses, it is getting a little out of hand.

I know the Pasco Sheriff's Office was not aggressive on the enforcement of vice crimes. So, what's next for Hernando — seven or eight strip clubs on U.S. 19, sprinkled with a few adult book stores? Or, maybe worse, a prostitution stroll on U.S. 19 like in Pasco County.

I know most vice crimes are victimless and the personnel hard to come by, but as you can see in the headlines, these so-called minor violations have a ripple effect to more serious crimes. Proactive enforcement is always the best solution for the citizens to be safe.

Tim Hennigan, Spring Hill

Re: Bullying

If Facebook is problem, lose it

No one has asked me, but the solution is to get rid of or get off Facebook.

Edwin A. Barr, Brooksville

A really bad time to hold the fair

Maybe I'm just getting old and senile but here is something I would like explained.

Why was the Hernando County fair scheduled for the same week as the FCAT tests in school? Would spring break week not have been a more intelligent time?

Philip Strmensky, Brooksville

Re: Dredge project manager fired

Detractors are just gutless sheep

Greg Jarque is a respected local businessman in our county who also is involved heavily in our school system. He is always the first one to stand up and volunteer when a charity asks for assistance, not only with funding, but with his time and leadership as well. He is a caring and loving father of three school-age children who unfortunately witnessed the senseless condemning of their father by anonymous commentators.

Each clamored to be the first to comment online, but none had the backbone to use real names. Who do they think they are? They are all weak sheep.

Why not? Might each one of them have had something in their pasts which might prove questionable?

I was also disappointed in the county commissioners. I guess these actions prove that when you want to get results, all you need to do in Hernando County is assemble a group of spineless and scared ovine individuals, get them to sound off in the local paper, and then you get results. What is happening to our county? I think we should be more concerned about our county leaders giving in to mob rule, than what the past is of a contracted worker.

Look at the bright side: if this dredging project fails miserably, or comes in way over budget, at least we can rest assured that the unqualified individuals in charge have a lily-white background. Right.

Jay Feret, Spring Hill

County deserves better leaders

County Administrator David Hamilton was quoted as saying, "Hard lessons have been learned." I am sorry, but this lesson did not need to be learned. You should have known what to do before you took the job of county administrator.

Why is it that over the past few years, there have been several administrators who have performed poorly, or just came here and left the county after they had their fill of the county commissioners?

This county is being run by a bunch of commissioners who behave like a third-rate high school student council. Maybe the tea party might start at the local level, and get these part-time politicians (who are getting full-time pay) out and replaced by people who have the good sense to know how to run the county as a business, not their personal playground.

Randy Brooks, Spring Hill

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We welcome letters from readers for publication. To send a letter from your computer, go to www.tampabay.com/letters and fill in the required information. Type your letter in the space provided on the form, specify that you are writing the Hernando section of the newspaper, and then click "submit." You also may cut and paste a letter that you have prepared elsewhere in your computer.

If you prefer, you may fax your letter to (352) 754-6133, or mail it to: Letters to the Editor, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613.

All letters should be brief and must include the writer's name, city of residence, mailing address and telephone number. When possible, letters should include a handwritten signature. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be printed. The Times does not publish anonymous letters. Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

Proliferation of sweepstakes businesses in Hernando County is asking for trouble 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 6:47pm]

    

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