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Speeder should be charged, not glorified

Holdup at ATM turns into a farce | Dec. 11 article

Speeder deserves arrest, not glory

It is a shame that the Times chose to glorify Marc Strojnowski's actions. His high-speed chase was illegal and he should be charged for his actions.

He is not yet a law enforcement officer, yet he chose to act in an irresponsible manner that could have resulted in an injury or death to an innocent person. I would hope that the Pasco County Sheriff's Office would take the appropriate action and charge Mr. Strojnowski with reckless driving and endangering the lives of others.

John Honoski, Trinity

On gun issues, Bunting is stellar

Obviously, the writer on Bill Bunting's unfinished gun work has a one-sided view of the overall accomplishments Bill contributed to the state of Florida.

As chairman of the Republican Party of Pasco since 2002, Bill has led Pasco to victories for a Republican governor and our Republican president. He has raised more money for the Pasco Republican Party than ever before and organized record-breaking fundraising dinners. He has fought for lower taxes, is the only Pasco Republican chairperson to have appeared before the County Commission for lower taxes, and was successful. He is a proven Republican leader and we need his support in Tallahassee.

In addition, he has worked hard in supporting our Second Amendment rights in Florida and has supported the concealed carry permit holders of university students to carry their guns on the campuses. Since the fall semester of 2006, state law has allowed licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on the campuses of all nine public colleges in Utah. Concealed carry has been allowed at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.) since 2003 and at Blue Ridge community College (Meyers Cave, Va.) since 1995. After allowing concealed carry on campus for a combined total of more than 80 semesters, none of these 11 schools has a single incident of gun violence (including suicides), gun accident or gun theft. Likewise, none of the four right-to-carry states has seen a resulting increase in gun violence since legalizing concealed carry despite the fact that licensed citizens in those states regularly carry concealed handguns in places like offices buildings, movie theaters, grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, churches and banks. Numerous studies, including studies by University of Maryland senior research scientist John Lott, University of Georgia professor David Mustard, engineering statistician William Sturtevant and various state agencies, show that concealed handguns license holders are five times less likely than non-license holders to commit violent crimes.

For the record, Florida's murder rate was 58 percent lower than it was in 1986, the last year before the state's landmark Right-To-Carry law took effect. Gun control does not reduce crime. In fact, criminals prefer their victims to be unarmed.

Nicholas Di Guiseppi, New Port Richey

Decline of press is worrisome

It seems that on a daily basis I go through a series of whiplashes as one business after another either seeks the temporary shelter of Chapter 11 or, worst of all, goes out of business entirely. There goes another one, not necessarily a name I've ever heard but turns out to be another significant cog in the wheel of misfortune of the economic crisis.

If I should close my eyes to escape the worsening effects of a demoralized business atmosphere, the winds of change won't shelter my senses from the inevitable bad news.

Over the past few years, newspaper readership has steadily declined, thanks to the ever-flowing streams of data on the Internet.

As circulation decreases, so do advertising dollars, and subscription increases would result in further deterioration of incoming revenues. The Tribune Co. (Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune) is biting the bitter bullet of its own filing of bankruptcy. At one time each of these newspapers greeted me every morning at the front door — an entry door to the ways and means of the world.

I'm nearly distraught at the thought that my current subscriptions are in jeopardy: the St. Petersburg Times and its driveway sidekick, the New York Times. I dread the thought of losing touch of local, national and worldly news at my fingertips.

What next? The demise of other publications? The Economist, Time, Discover, Business Week, etc., may one day no longer fill my mailbox with their individual in-depth reporting.

I say with determination that I will never rely on the Internet to gather news as I see fit to read. It's all time-consuming and cumbersome in the scope of sifting through pop-ups and countless clicking to find items of interest. Generally speaking, an item of importance can be supplemented with information on the Internet, but I don't foresee a day when I will accept this as a primary source of news. I can't take it with me or save articles for leisurely reading at a later time. Cable news is too extreme with lopsided viewpoints.

What would I do without the St. Petersburg Times? The loss of being informed on community affairs? I get distraught at the very thought.

I don't anticipate an immediate loss of newsprint smudges around the house but one day I may have no choice but to accept the loss of the free press as I define it.

Ron Rae, Spring Hill

Mariano's tactics are clearly wrong

In a move that can only be seen as partisan and an abuse of power, new County Commission Chairman Jack Mariano has removed Commissioner Michael Cox, the commission's lone Democrat, from the Pasco Economic Development Council and appointed himself as the county's representative.

This is the political equivalent of being named homecoming king and sticking your tongue out at the whole school during your first dance. The move comes in the midst of negotiations taking place between the EDC, Commissioner Cox and investment giant T. Rowe Price that would bring thousands of new jobs to Pasco County.

Commissioner Mariano needs to be told by the county constituents that these political games he is playing with the county's economic future will not be tolerated. Pasco County is currently at 8.4 percent unemployment and climbing dramatically. (The county was at 5.1 percent unemployment this time last year.) The fact that we are supposed to believe that Chairman Mariano's move is anything less than partisan politics and a hunger for power is insulting to the entire county.

Jim Piccillo, Land O'Lakes

Speeder should be charged, not glorified 12/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 6:35pm]
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