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Sen. Mike Fasano shows courage in putting constituents before party

Fasano chooses people over party

"I got elected by my constituents,'' said by state Sen. Mike Fasano in the Nov. 23 article With shift, Fasano is maverick. What a very novel idea for a politician: Acknowledge the voter. Like the acknowledgment Fasano has given to the victims of crimes, to seniors, to the poor, to the very constituents who are invisible to the power brokers who sit in high places.

Our Constitution was established to give a voice to the people and Fasano has always respected the heart of the Constitution. Now, Fasano is poised to stand alone to keep the heart of the Constitution beating as those who would stab her heart demand party loyalty. It takes character and it takes integrity to stand alone in defense of people and the Constitution against the camouflage of loyalty. It takes courage to stand with truth rather than bed with the tinsel, paper-wrapped lies of the deluded.

Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey

Abandoned pups helped by many

When I received a telephone call from my husband letting me know about the 63 puppies left abandoned, I told him there was no way that we could not help out. We are the owners of April's Pet Grooming and Thanksgiving week is the beginning of our busy season. With the economy being so bad, this was the first of a very busy week in a long time.

He was concerned about how we could get it done, but I told him that after work, I would be there to help and would stay as long as needed. That evening my husband, Santo, myself and my unsung hero, John Campagna, worked diligently grooming five of the puppies. The smell was unbearable and making me gag; you could not tell the gender of the puppies until all of the mats were gone. The fleas were so bad that their skin was raw and bleeding and the puppies just cried and shook in the bathtub. All I could do to calm them down was to stroke them while whispering to them that all would be well soon.

The next day we received another 11 dogs and again I went back to the shop after work. This time, we had our entire grooming staff stay to help as well as friends, Abner and Beverly Salkin. We needed to go back to the shop at 7 a.m. Saturday to get the cages cleaned and dogs rewashed prior to their being picked up at 9 a.m.

I want thank everyone for their help: All of the behind-the-scenes people like those who picked up and delivered the puppies; those who cleaned the cages; the other grooming shops; veterinarians who helped and anyone else that I might have missed.

It is truly a very blessed Thanksgiving season.

Myra Merillo, Spring Hill

Check credentials of contractors

One Saturday morning a gentleman came to my door, representing a paving and sealing business in Spring Hill. He asked if I would like to get some cracks repaired in my driveway and have it repainted and extended. Against my standards of checking out companies to make sure they are registered with the Better Business Bureau and in good standings, I give him the job.

And that's when the red flags started popping up. First, they wanted over half the price of the job up front. Then, within minutes of their leaving, I received a call from a check-cashing company asking if I wrote the check to these guys.

To make a long story short, the work they did looked like it was their first job.

So my advice is to check out any business good before giving it a job. If it's a good company, it won't be going door-to-door looking for work.

Dan Duibley, Spring Hill

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Sen. Mike Fasano shows courage in putting constituents before party 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 6:46pm]
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