Safety on parade route a priority
Saturday at 6 p.m. in downtown New Port Richey, more than 50,000 people are expected for this year's holiday parade sponsored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Holiday Rotary Club.
In light of several unfortunate accidents involving children, we have stepped up the presence of volunteers along the parade route and are taking extra steps to let participants in the parade know that safety must come first. Nothing at a parade is more rewarding than seeing the smiles on the faces of thousands of children. If only one child gets hurt, that is one too many.
You can also do your part to help be certain this event continues our long streak of accident-free parades in downtown New Port Richey. Please make sure that everyone around you is behind the barricades. If you see a problem, look for volunteers and law enforcement officers at the intersections and please report it. Volunteers will be wearing bright orange bands stating "Parade Official."
This year, we will also be using volunteers to help clean up after the parade. You can also do you part and place trash in the receptacles. There are literally hundreds being placed along the route.
Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, many more than ever before, who are helping stage the 2011 parade. With your help, we can have a safer and cleaner parade than ever before. You will also be doing your part to spread holiday cheer to thousands of the children in our community.
Greg Armstrong, New Port Richey
Job fair didn't offer anything
The job fair hosted by the senator at the Spartan Manor was a joke. Some employers there were not even hiring. Hundreds of people showed up. No hiring. But, taking hundreds of resumes to maybe fire some people?
People need real jobs, not pretend job fairs.
Kathy Oliver, Hudson
View eagles from safe distance | Nov. 30 letter
Abide by rules if trail is built
A letter writer pointed out the importance of proper eagle nesting management to us. According to proper care, the proposed Pasco Trail should not come within 330 feet of the nest. Nor should it be built during nesting season, Oct. 1 through May 15, and it should be built, if at all, during non-nesting season.
I realize the importance of exercise and what a good, positive activity that this proposed trail may foster. However, our diminishing green and natural spaces are under increasing stress from development, and necessitate protection and preservation, including the fauna associated with them.
Please abide by the federal, and local laws and guidelines if the county chooses to build this trail, especially since it regards our national symbol, the bald eagle.
Ray Wunderlich III, St. Petersburg
Heather Hill staff like a true family
For three years I have been a very fortunate man.
My wife, Carole, was very sick, but I never was alone. My family, who live in different parts of the country, did the best they could and I will never forget them.
But, my family at Heather Hill went above and beyond to make Carole comfortable and well taken care of day and night. This was a true blessing.
Bob Wetzler, Port Richey