Government failed Aloha customers | March 25 guest column
Thanks for work on Aloha problem
My humble thanks to Dr. V. Abraham Kurien for all the time and effort he put in these last 16 years on behalf of the residents of Seven Springs to get Aloha, the Public Service Commission and Pasco County government to listen and do the right thing for its citizens.
Thanks also to state Sen. Mike Fasano for all his persistence in keeping this issue at the forefront by openly calling out Aloha for not responding to its customers' needs. It helped that he, too, was an Aloha customer.
Now the PSC and Pasco County government can redeem themselves somewhat not only with an apology as Dr. Kurien requests, but also getting Aloha to return to these customers the almost $400,000 held in escrow for a system they were supposed to put in place to fix the dirty water problem and never did.
It's not enough that they got a mere $90 million when the Florida Governmental Utility Authority purchased the company, but also that the wronged customers will forever after be paying the cost through their water bills while they keep their fingers and toes crossed that eventually they will receive the good, clean water promised. Give me a break.
Jo Busterna, New Port Richey
Needs of children must be met by all
Never before have I been more concerned about America's future and lack of opportunities we will be passing along to our children. It seems to me that we have been poor stewards of the American Dream that my generation so nonchalantly inherited from our forefathers. It is with great trepidation, mixed with boundless hope that I offer the plans and intentions of our combined program for 2009.
Our mission is simple: to assist Pasco's at-risk children by skillfully attempting to level their playing field.
Since 1947, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program has strived to provide deserving children with a bright and hopeful Christmas each year. And, in the many years that I have been involved with our beloved program, our at-risk children and their families have never needed our support more then now.
This year's eighth American Dream Congress will take place on Wednesday, June 24, at the Barnes & Noble store in the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. This year's main topic will address an ever-present community dilemma: literacy.
Our honored delegates will be informed about new effective literacy programs and the state-of-the-art thinking regarding this critically important topic. In the fall, before school commences, we shall hold our back-to-school supply distribution for many Toys for Tots children.
We hope to provide each deserving child with a new backpack laden with all the tools the school system prescribes. And, in December, we hope to expand the number of children Toys for Tots serves.
Our goal is simple. We'll attempt to provide goods and services for many poverty-bound children living in each of our local communities.
Utilizing a grass roots process, our efforts depend on the ability to engage the support of our caring east Pasco neighbors.
We ask for nothing from our Pasco County government and nothing from the state, and we will ask nothing from any government-sponsored stimulus package.
We do hold that these efforts to assist our children in need rest squarely on the shoulders of each local community.
Bob Loring, Zephyrhills
Improper process to dissolve a city
Port Richey is bad enough. Bad enough the citizens must vote on dissolving when the dissolution plan is scheduled to be negotiated subsequent to the election, in contravention of state law.
Bad enough that the city attorney's letter on the issue, posted on the front page of the city's Web site, states that it takes 7,500 residents to incorporate when the state statute (F.S. 165.061(b)) clearly indicates 5,000, further promoting a flawed theory by the close-the-city crowd.
Bad enough that the City Council requested of the supervisor of elections of Pasco County which voting procedure would bring out the most votes and the March 26 written response was to "strongly suggest" mail ballot vote. Surely the county will not use such a process in their elections and draw a uniformed electorate, but the council is getting what it requested.
Bad enough that the City Council, to cure its improper process of putting the cart before the horse, in failing to develop and negotiate a plan prior to revoking the charter, now intends to educate the public through an invitation of elected and appointed county officials to attend workshops to answer questions.
Hopefully, our county officials, who surely have a dog in this fight, will respectfully decline to provide answers and advice while a vote is pending and wait until the negotiating of a plan is started.
To provide unbiased advice or answers while a vote is pending and a plan to be negotiated would be unfair and improper.
Both sides have opposing financial and other interests.
James Mathieu, Port Richey
Bees no nuisance to landowner
Authorities broke into my property to remove a honey bee nuisance. I felt in this country, authorities could not intrude into private property without appropriate warrants.
There was no justification to violate my rights, and placing a $2,000 lien on my property rubbed salt into the wound. To regain clear title to my property, I was required to pay a bee removal fee.
The bees were a nuisance only to people who trespassed via a gated area and didn't belong on my property. The bees never stung or injured man or beast.
I am offended that a person with illegal contents in or on their private property would receive better search and seizure protections under the law than a citizen who allowed a honey bee colony to call his shed, its home.
Daniel E. DePoalo, Hudson
Re: Barbara Fredricksen
County is lucky as well for columnist
I agree completely with the recent letter writer about Barbara Fredricksen except for one small comment.
"Little New Port Richey is lucky to have her,'' the letter said. Yes, but so is all of Pasco County and beyond.
Catherine G. Russo,
New Port Richey
Hoover Dam is a reminder of overcoming struggles | March 27 guest column
Survival of nation reflects our grit
Thank you Mary Partington for your reminiscent and provocative guest column.
We learned about the history of Hoover Dam and we were reminded of the many struggles our nation went through over the last 80 or so years. At the end, we were left with a challenge to fix what went wrong here in our great land.
I believe this nation, with God's help, eager hands and true hearts, will survive.
We did it before and we can do it again.
Barbara J. Panici, Port Richey