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Softball complex may be good for Pasco, not nearby neighbors

Adult softball complex makes sense for county | March 24 editorial

Venue so close hurts neighbors

While a venue for adult sports may be a good for the county, locating it within 200 yards of residential homes in an adult (55-and-older) community is definitely not a good idea.

The Trinity Boulevard location will have a detrimental impact on the homes there. There will also be a negative impact on all of the Trinity Boulevard area communities because of the traffic. This is the only access to State Road 54 for at least four communities. It is very busy now. Adding more than 250 cars to this road will only make it impossible for everyone to get to and from SR 54 on Trinity Boulevard.

Your editorial states there will be weeknight play. In New Jersey, I live one-half mile from a lighted field that is used at night. We can see the lights and hear the noise. That field also has the latest technology in lights. Think how close these lights will be to these senior residents in Heritage Springs.

There are much better Trinity area locations that would not cause so many problems. This type of facility does not belong on top of a residential community — especially one that is for people 55 and older. Please look at the exact location planned for the sportsplex and I think you will understand how it will negatively impact over 1,000 homes.

Susan Jacobson, Trinity

Buy the 'apple tag' to help education

Recently, I read with interest Sen. Mike Fasano's efforts to pass a bill allowing businesses to put corporate logos on license plates as a way to stimulate money for the state of Florida and I applaud his creativeness. It also caused me to once again realize how thankful we can be for the number of people not only in Pasco County, but across the state of Florida, who have invested in their local education foundation and school system by purchasing the Support Education (apple tag) specialty license plate.

During the past three years here in Pasco, the Pasco Education Foundation has received an average of $29,000 per year from the "apple tag," and 100 percent of that revenue has been used to directly support the foundation's Creative Teaching Grant program throughout the district.

If not for the generosity of Pasco County citizens investing in education by purchasing the plate, more than 400 teachers would not have been able to engage more than 10,000 students in creative, rigorous and relevant classroom activities beyond what our tax dollars support.

Since 1991, the foundation has been advancing student achievement in Pasco's public schools. We thank the community for its outstanding support and encourage as many people as possible to purchase the Support Education specialty license plate.

Chip Wichmanowski, Port Richey

Now's the time to reform Congress | March 24 letter

If more voted, limits not needed

Term limits for members of Congress is a popular idea because most Americans do not approve of the work or the fractiousness in Congress.

This does not mean term limits are a good idea. We already have term limits on state legislators and it does not appear to be an improvement from the days when term limits did not exist.

The American electorate already possesses the ultimate tool when it finds the elected officials are not doing the job they were sent to Congress to do. It is the ballot box.

If more people chose to exercise their Constitutional duties, there would be no reason to impose term limits on a national, state or local level.

Joseph Pratl, Spring Hill

Softball complex may be good for Pasco, not nearby neighbors 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:05pm]
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