Traffic stop took a crooked path
Let me get this straight. A Pinellas sheriff's sergeant with 30 years' experience on the force clocks two Pasco County sheriff's deputies going 98 mph. When he catches up, he observes the deputy in the passenger seat standing outside the car urinating on the ground. He then gets a confession that the deputies had been drinking.
He does not give a field sobriety test, or a Breathalyzer test. He just lets them go home. Then he fails to let anyone at the Sheriff's Office know about what happened for an hour and a half.
His punishment: a one-day suspension.
Sure sounds like favoritism to me. Some may call it cronyism. Some may call it the good old boy's club. Some may even call it corrupt. I call it crooked cop.
John Thurmond, Ozona
Snowbirds do contribute here
I take exception to a recent letter writer regarding the suggestion of raising taxes on snowbirds as a means of balancing the school budget.
We snowbirds already pay more taxes as we do not get the homeowners' exemption — which almost doubles our real estate taxes. It's because of us that your taxes aren't higher or budget cuts deeper. We not only add to the tax base of the state and county but also the economy.
So stop complaining and appreciate our help.
Louise McCarthy, New Port Richey
Look at facts before judging
It seems that people make statements without knowing all the facts. In Port Richey, our city manager, Richard Reade, is on top of most things like getting fire trucks fixed when needed, but we also had mutual aid with Pasco County if needed. We also have the county take care of our ambulance service. We are well-covered for any emergencies. Our insurance costs are down due to that arrangement and more.
None of us can judge how a person is doing a job until you have all the true facts. Turning facts to fit what you think is true doesn't cut it.
The city manager and council included a 3 percent merit raise for the employees once the contract is approved.
In these times, let us be grateful for small raises. Many of the taxpayers have not been given a raise this year. We are in a recession.
Sandra Spaldi, Port Richey