Rowden was sole pro-growth voice
The Hernando Commission failed to support our airport authority's efforts to at least have the opportunity of being considered for a major FAA contract that would have brought hundreds of high-tech, high-paying jobs into our area. This contract would have placed us in a key position to be a leader in the development of the necessary safeguards and systems needed to control the upcoming era of unmanned vehicle systems. It would have been a magnet to induce other businesses in this high-tech industry to locate in our county.
Apparently our County Commission has no interest in working to reduce the county's high unemployment rate. Our Republican-controlled commission mirrors the policies of the Republicans in our state and national government and is proving to be anti-business, anti-growth and anti-improving our economy.
Commissioner Diane Rowden's pro-growth voice needs to be recognized as being the only real friend the business community has.
Steve Zeledon, Spring Hill
Drone site turned down too quickly
I have heard good decisions and bad decisions from the Board of County Commissioners, but Tuesday's handling of the application for drone testing was sad, disrespectful, and uncaring about the county.
Apparently Diane Rowden is the only commissioner with business vision. The chairman did not respect either her comments nor the business community lined up to speak for the application.
To offer no comment or speak about a lack of information is to admit that homework was not done by several commissioners, nor was there an attempt to hear objective and public arguments.
I sincerely hope that four commissioners will research this topic and come to a more rational decision. The interesting point is that Hernando may not be a finalist in any case, but it was good thinking by Aviation Authority chairman Gary Schraut and county Business Development manager Mike McHugh.
Robert Widmar, Weeki Wachee
Programs don't justify library tax
I have been reading the newspaper articles concerning the proposed library tax.
Before making a definite decision, I contacted the Hernando County library to learn about the different services offered by the Hernando County library system. These are a few of their services: free tax preparation, meeting rooms that are free of charge to nonprofit organizations, free Internet, electronic material that can be downloaded free of charge, community education presentations, children's programs, teen and tween programs, and art programs, just to mention a few.
While all these programs are very nice, I do not feel they warrant an additional tax to be levied on the already over burdened taxpayers. I am writing to voice my opposition to the tax.
Sonia Sanchez, Brooksville