Time for local trauma center Oct. 6 guest column
Proper facilities will save lives
I wholeheartedly agree with the views expressed by Dr. Rao Musunuru underscoring the importance of having a fully equipped trauma center for Pasco and Hernando counties. Having practiced medicine and cardiology in Hernando County for 30 years, I can certainly attest to the fact that the number of accidents and trauma has gone up exponentially in our region. U.S. 19 along the west side has become especially a dangerous road to travel because of the burgeoning traffic, despite the opening of the Suncoast Parkway.
We all know motor vehicle accidents are certainly one of the major causes of death in this country and sadly it seems to fell many in the prime of their youth. Often, the victims can be saved if proper treatment is given in a timely fashion. As Dr. Musunuru emphasized, the transport time to Tampa or St. Petersburg for severely injured victims currently is a major determinant in the outcome, hence the necessity to improve the situation. We already know the establishment of a state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic and treatment facilities in Pasco and Hernando counties has saved thousands of lives in recent time.
M. P. Ravindra Nathan, MD, Brooksville
Settling for zeros not an option Oct. 9 article
New program has students in mind
I must admit praising an aspect of Pasco County schools is not my usual mantra. But Paul R. Smith Middle School's ZAP program had me calling friends telling them to be sure to read the article.
What a welcome, progressive action this school has taken. Principal Chris Dunning, bravo to you and also a big bravo to Katie Holly. This program should be enacted in all schools, including elementary schools. The foundation of learning starts with the elementary level. If the students know there are consequences for not doing assignments, they will make a better attempt to do so.
Great job, and it was very nice to read something positive. The comments from the teacher and students were very enlightening.
Christina Ennist, New Port Richey
No response from local police
We live in Tanglewood Terrace, considered to be in the city of New Port Richey. Why is it difficult to get the New Port Richey Police to respond to calls in our subdivision?
On Oct. 5, I made a call at 9 p.m. in reference to troublesome teenagers in our neighborhood. Fifteen minutes later, I called again and the dispatcher was rude and said the police will get there soon as they can. I waited another half hour before I gave up.
There might been some vandalism that been occurring frequently in our neighborhood. Another neighbor called a few months ago when his yard was vandalized and once again no response.
I called Oct. 6 to speak to Chief Harrington and was harassed by the dispatcher and who wouldn't put me through to the chief. These people in the police department need to remember that they work for the taxpayers.
If we can't get protection from our police force then why be part of the city? If we can't get service from our city then we need to be unincorporated, lowering our taxes and going under the protection of the Sheriff's Office.
Charles Sluizer, New Port Richey
Ditch nuclear; look up to sun
On Oct. 24, the Public Service Commission will consider a proposal to authorize Progress Energy Florida and/or Florida Power and Light to spend $20 million and $196 million respectively in addition to millions already spent by both entities for nuclear power planning to supply energy to Florida.
I am opposed to the use of nuclear power. I am opposed to advance funding of nuclear power facilities in Florida as requested by Progress Energy and PFL. I am a Progress Energy customer. My 91-year-old mother, Yvonne Meade, is a resident of Hollywood and an FPL customer and I speak on her behalf as well. Neither she nor I want to prepay for nuclear power.
There is no safe way of disposing of nuclear waste and recent events in Japan have proved nuclear reactors are not safe. Furthermore, it is way too expensive.
We would prefer this funding be invested in solar power in Florida. This is the Sunshine State; why put millions into something dangerous when we have an abundant source of clean, renewable energy? If Germany and other countries can do it, we certainly can tap this abundant source of energy as well. Get with the program. Go renewable!
DeeVon Quirolo, Brooksville