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Recycle program is short-changed

Some in Spring Hill love recycling | May 6 letter

Recycle program is short-changed

I am in total agreement.

Here is what I recently sent to Waste Management, using the "contact us" tab on their home page. I have not yet received a response. E-mail was sent on April 5 to WMcares@wm.com.

"There have been recent changes in our collection services regarding recycling. We have gone from once a week to once every two weeks. All we can recycle curbside is plastic and paper. Anything else, glass, aluminum has to be taken to a drop site (and I appreciate these recycle centers).

"I love to recycle and actually, in so doing, I have more recyclables and less garbage. The garbage is picked up twice a week. Personally, and I don't intend to talk for everyone, I could do with once a week garbage pickup. I know that cutting the recycling program to every other week is to cut costs, but why not allow three or four garbage cans and pick it up once a week and continue the weekly recycling? We are actually being charged double now for our recycling. Same price but less service.

"It is only Tuesday, and my recycle bins runneth way over. My next recycle day will be Friday. I don't have empty cardboard boxes sitting around to hold the excess, nor do I have room to just store it up. I have asked for additional recycle bins and have been told there aren't any and they are not going to get any; which means I am left with a bunch of recyclables and no place to put it.

"Can you offer some assistance?"

Patricia Love, Spring Hill

Why was victim of shooting flown?

In the May 7 Hernando Times section was a report of a woman being shot and transported via helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center with non life-threatening wounds. Hopefully, this person has fantastic health coverage as I had a $500-plus bill for an eight-mile trip via local transport in Tampa.

Why was she not transported locally to one of three area hospitals that all could have handled this event with a non life-threatening injury and at a transport cost much less than what I'm sure will be incurred for this event?

F.K. Campoli, Spring Hill

Art event showed Hernando's finest

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council and the planning committee for the Art in the Park festival would like to thank everyone who came out to Tom Varn Park to enjoy our 26th Annual event in spite of the brutal temperatures.

Our gratitude extends to more than 80 fabulous volunteers who helped make the weekend a success. In addition, local art educators devoted time to choosing and delivering the best of their students' work for the young artist exhibit, Brooksville Parks and Recreation employees helped plan for the event and kept the event site sparkling clean, a School Board employee helped guide us in getting the word out to more than 22,000 students and their families, Main Street Eatery provided storage for art display racks and event supplies, Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, Beef O'Brady's and Starbucks helped us feed our volunteers, and even when we were close to being out of ice on Sunday because of unusually warm temperatures, Scott Tilson from All About Music offered to make an ice run and refused to be reimbursed.

Our sponsors are listed on our website, www.hernandoarts.org. Please remember them when you're going about your daily business. They are the threads that make our community fabric strong and beautiful.

We are grateful for these and many more acts of kindness and generosity displayed by the wonderful citizens and businesses of Hernando County in support of Art in the Park. Looking forward to next year.

Sherry Tarrio, Spring Hill, chairwoman, Art in the Park 2010

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