Why not keep tax dollars local? | Dec. 14, letter
County nurtures a mediocrity
Reading Richard Matassa's letter to the editor left me confused.
It would appear that companies that are based other than Hernando County have a financial disadvantage because of distance as well as the difficulty of managing long distance functions. This provokes the question: Why can't Mr. Matassa compete? Could it be his inability to innovate or is it possible his company is not well managed, or both?
Whatever Mr. Matassa's inadequacies are, he is asking the taxpayers to pay for them. We cannot start rewarding mediocrity because it is one of those paths that only gets worse, not better. Our County Commission seems determined to go down that path.
Plus, the two commissioners just elected ran on a platform of staunch stewardship of the people's money. I don't think that promise made it a month before it was broken.
Jay Rowden, Brooksville
No matter what, we all will pay
Have you heard about the recent hospital layoffs? What others are coming right after year's end? Retail store closings, perhaps other government workers?
What does this say? I know we are all in fear but what it says loud and clear is "Hello.'' Well don't worry, our leaders have a health plan for us all. The only thing they forgot to say is who can afford to pay? Only those that have something left.
Yes, and have you heard about the new methods for evaluating your home for taxes next year? All those foreclosed homes are eating away at revenue that is sorely needed. Your taxes just might go up, not down. Things in 2009 haven't changed at all but your home is still worth way less and many are falling down, rotting.
No job means no pay, which equals can't pay, which equals no credit, which means can't buy, which means bye-bye. So who will pay and how?
The answer is quite clear. Ignore it if you care to, but it is reality. You must pay for social services and the new programs to get American moving. Moving to where is unknown, but moving. The money to do this doesn't grow on trees and you can't get it from those who don't have it.
So do the hospital layoffs sound a bell? So reality, like it or not, says someone has to pay.
Robert Melaccio Sr., Spring Hill
To-go servers work for tips, too
I am a worker in a chain restaurant in Spring Hill. Your newspaper recently had an article that said it is not necessary to tip the to-go people at a restaurant.
I would like to let the people of Hernando County know that to-go people work on tips just as servers do. We are not paid minimum wage. I am paid six dollars an hour to do my job. This is not minimum wage and I depend on tips to take care of my family.
Denise Mengler, Spring Hill
Blame high prices on cost of diesel fuel | Dec. 10, letter
Remember the oil company scams
The writer must be young or doesn't remember.
Scam No. 1: When oil is refined into gasoline, it contains no lead. Lead was added to make your car run better. That's when we started talking about clean air. Also, the oil companies came up with moneymaking ideas like, don't put lead in and charge more. The highest price was unleaded, then leaded and the lowest price was diesel. Diesel was half the price of the rest.
Scam 2: In the mid 1970s, the world was running out of oil and natural gas. Speed limits were lowered. Gas stations were closed and the lines were unreal when they were open. Thermostats were turned down to use less heat. The results was, no gas shortage. Major oil companies got rid of the small, independent gas stations and sold more gas and cheaper.
Scam 3: With railroads nearly out of business and cars and trucks using more diesel, companies raised the price of diesel. It used to be the lowest, now it is the highest and also the dirtiest.
Scam 4: Look at what the oil companies have done to the American public again. They have helped put this country into a recession and the auto industry into a tailspin. Would you trust the oil companies, with the price of gasoline going down, and buy a large truck or an SUV?
Earl Trongeau, Brooksville
Put priority on food, shelter, health care | Dec. 15, column
It's time for the Times to lead
How happy I was to read Dr. Yacht's column regarding the problems that we are facing. I respect Dr. Yacht and his years of experience but he missed the boat. Dr. Yacht pointed out three problems but nowhere in his brilliant column did he propose any solutions. This is the problem. We all note what is wrong but no one knows how to help with the solutions.
The problems seem overwhelming but if they are worked on bit by bit, person by person, idea by idea we may have a chance of finding our way through.
This is where the Times should come in. Be a leader. Start the process. Challenge the residents. Many are looking for a way to help, and you could be the vehicle for that. Imagine a few hundred engaged people. Wow. They can really change the way things have been done in the past and give us a strong group of active, involved residents for the future.
Remember the newscaster in the movie Network who opened the window and yelled "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." Let's do the same.
Get up. Think. E-mail. Suggest. Call. Write. Don't sit by and allow this opportunity go by. It is up to the newspaper to give these people the vehicle to be heard.
Joan Shapiro, Hudson