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Public asked to comment on redistricting map proposals

Please offer views on redistricting

According to Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the state Legislature must conduct reapportionment and redistricting every 10 years based on the decennial census count. Over the last decade, Florida has seen its population grow by 2.9 million residents.

Pasco County has seen its fair share of population growth, becoming one of the fastest growing counties in the state, escalating to over 119,000 residents since the 2000 Census. Due to this level of growth, redistricting will have a dramatic affect on new political boundaries in Pasco County.

The impact of this growth can be seen in both our state and local legislative district numbers. Specifically, House District 61, which is now the second highest populated district in the state, grew in residents by 54 percent over the last 10 years.

In late July, Pasco was the host to one of the first redistricting public hearings in the state. During this public hearing, many Pasco residents gave public testimonies on how our area political boundaries should be shaped. Since May, more than 100 complete or partial Congressional, House and Senate maps have been submitted by the public, compared to only four submitted maps in 2002. The House and Senate Redistricting committees have been reviewing public comments and will be producing maps based on these public submissions. However, your comments, suggestions and recommendations are needed on these proposals.

The person who knows your community the best is you. To maximize your voice, please visit www.floridaredistricting.org to review the maps that have been proposed and submit your comments, suggestions and changes via e-mail at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov, or contact me directly at john.legg@myfloridahouse.gov. Please use your voice in helping to shape our district map for the next 10 years.

Rep. John Legg, Port Richey

Support our brave police officers

Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty total 434 since January 2009, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page at odmp.org. These are brave men and women who put there lives on the line everyday for us in the community. So, I challenge you to name just three officers in your neighborhood who protect us.

Each day they walk among and deal with the worst of our society: Lairs, cheats, thieves, swindlers, drug dealers, killers and lost souls without moral compass who would take everything you own including your life if not for these brave men and women.

They get little support from the community and more often than not are looked upon with scorn or contempt from both the good and the bad of our society.

I am proud them and I'm going to tell them every chance I get. Maybe just a wave or a thumbs up or because they deserve it. They are the front line between us and the evil that seems to run rampant in our society.

Ken Copeland, Land O'Lakes

Institutions pay home insurance

How many remember when Betty Grable had her legs insured for $1 million? Well, her agent wanted them insured so he paid the premiums on the insurance.

If I wanted to take a life insurance out on someone, I would benefit from the insurance and I would pay the premiums. So, since financial institutions require the homeowner to have insurance on their houses, why can't the financial institution pay the premiums since the financial institutions benefit from the insurance?

This would cut down on foreclosures and the economy would benefit.

Carol A. Malone, New Port Richey

>>Your voice counts

You may submit a letter to the editor for possible publication through our website at tampabay.com/letters, or by faxing it to (727) 869-6233, or by mailing it Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668, You must include your name, address and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity, taste and length.

Public asked to comment on redistricting map proposals 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:18am]
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