Nonpartisan for a good reason
So the Republican Executive Committee, under the ever specious leadership of Blaise Ingoglia, has decided it has the authority and wisdom to evaluate and recommend candidates for the School Board position vacated by Pat Fagan. I would argue that the REC has neither the authority nor the requisite wisdom to do so.
The position up for grabs, and sure to be filled by one of Gov. Rick Scott's cronies, is by law a nonpartisan one. It was made this way for a reason — because of the importance of public schools in the education and development of the eager minds of our children and grandchildren. Our children and grandchildren are our future and our most valuable resource. We can't afford to minimize the significance and the long-standing consequences of the actions we take as we choose the way we mold these young minds. To politicize this process is to cheat those children out of a quality education and to fail them miserably.
Now it seems that Mr. Ingoglia is attempting to place this decision smack dab in the middle of the political arena by gathering a group of his right-wing henchmen to recommend to the governor a candidate who would be the best for the students while being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Such arrogance is really quite amazing. The idea that their choice of a candidate would be best for the students rather than best for Mr. Ingoglia, his pocketbook and his party is absurd.
What is also absurd is the idea that they would have a cogent idea of what it is to be a "good steward of taxpayer dollars." Their record in this arena has consisted primarily of giving huge tax breaks to developers while cutting services to the middle class in this county.
The chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee has it right. This interjection of politics into the School Board arena is improper, to put it mildly. It is surely unethical. Certainly no one could object if a group of concerned citizens chose to interview prospective candidates. But the Republican Party? This is troubling and political indeed! And shameful! Even Mr. Scott should be aghast at this and should tell Mr. Ingoglia to back off!
Terry Ogden, Spring Hill
Ingoglia, REC should not butt in
I have been a Republican for my entire life, but I do not approve the direction Blaise Ingoglia is taking the Hernando County Republican Party with respect to the open seat on the School Board.
Seats on the School Board are nonpartisan, and any political party should stay out of it. The party has no business to interfere by interviewing and/or screening potential applicants and, must of all, making recommendation to the governor.
Get real Blaise, and mind your own business. If this is the direction you are going, then I may have to decide whether or not I should become an independent voter.
Anthony R. Palmieri, Spring Hill
Re: Mystery illness
I was one of those ill after meal
What would one say to a 1,000 people getting sick on a cruise ship of 3,000, that they didn't get it from the cruise ship?
Not everyone eats the same thing at a meal. Maybe only some of a certain food was tainted, or the people who ingested them had a higher tolerance or stronger immune system. The fact is that many people were stricken and were deathly sick. Not fun. I know, I was one of those people.
As far as the Health Department not finding anything so far (it is still investigating), one should know that calls did come into the restaurant as early as Tuesday or Wednesday last week (as I and two others were told by two employees there when we went there to inform them of our illness). They told us they would pass the information on to the manager who wouldn't be in until 11 a.m. So, the restaurant had plenty of time to clean up before the Health Department arrived.
As an aside, my wife and I saw one of the employees replenish the food on the salad bar by tossing fresh food on top of food that was sitting there, instead of removing the old tray and placing the new tray with the ingredients in it, in its place. I think that this is a poor policy and should not be continued.
I have eaten at this restaurant, Kally K's, for over 10 years. I always thought it was a good place at a good price. Had the management replied after being notified of the illness that they were sorry and they were making corrections, I probably would go back after a time. But when the manager emphatically said it did not come from her restaurant, she got no complaints — that is an outright lie, which tells me she is covering up and not taking responsibility. No one in our party can ever imagine going back there.
William Myers, Spring Hill
Food poisoning cases taint others
Twenty plus people in my group of 34 suffered violent symptoms of food poisoning, i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal and stomach pain. This was not a simple summer flu!
We had not been on a cruise, but maybe someone working in the kitchen had been on a cruise. More than one group of diners became ill from March 6-9. When people are treated for food poisoning, their physician notifies the Health Department. They contact each patient. Every item of food and beverage is documented to try to find the culprit causing the illness.
Because Kally K's was not immediately identified, a lot of smaller restaurants lost business.
Lois Bestercy, Spring Hill