Stakes are too high to not vote
It is a sometime-overlooked given that when local government sneezes, Washington says "gesundheit" — validating the trickle-down connection between our nation's Capitol and Hernando County. Hopefully, you will keep that adage in mind when you cast your local and national vote on Nov. 2. In reality, voting is a generous inheritance passed on to you from generation to generation by our courageous, cerebral, patriotic forefathers, indeed an unswerving obligatory "investment" in the prosperity-protection-preservation of our country and our county.
Our community has a number of hot-button issues to ponder. The current political circus in Washington, especially the stealth care scam has taught or should have taught us the crucial importance of knowing what's going on in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
As a lifetime Democrat unhappy with this sophomoric 44th administration of ours, it seems to me our county of Hernando needs Tallahassee and vice versa.
In the last midterm election, according to the supervisor of elections in Hernando County, as of Oct. 6, 2008, a whopping 72 percent of our 121,498 registered voters (87,579) cast their ballots out of a 171,689 county population. However, we can and must do even better! A goal of 90 percent is not out of reach if indeed we care about our referenced inheritance. If you are not registered to vote, call our highly regarded Supervisor Of Elections Office at (352) 754-4125 for information.
We will not countenance county commissioners who year in and year out continue to inflict needless discomfort, hardship and health hazard upon those homeowners fronting still unpaved, dangerous, eroding, limerock roads in the Royal Highlands subdivision of Hernando County.
Newly appointed commission Chairman John Druzbick said on Jan. 8 that "higher priority must be placed on paving roads in the county and get rid of these limerock roads which are an eyesore to businesses and growth. We're known as the limerock county of Florida (and) it is hindering us economically."
County Administrator David N. Hamilton's selection of, we trust, an enlightened interim county public works director, Susan Goebel, will much sooner than later convert now Chairman Druzbick's aforesaid limerock roads support into a done deal once and for all!
The Nov. 2 local and national midterm elections will be here before you know it! You, your family, your friends must exercise unfettered sound judgment in your precious vote.
Chuck Schlakman, Spring Hill