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Use Hernando's high gas tax to develop public transportation

Will gas tax hike find favor? Feb. 11 article

Gas tax is high enough already

A gasoline tax hike will not find favor with this writer. The high gasoline taxes that we pay now should be earmarked for public transportation, buses, trains, trolleys, and connector cars from the gated communities and neighborhoods to central bus stops. The buses and public transportation could then run more frequently and to more areas, including Pasco County, instead of investing in the paving of roads and expensive drainage systems.

We are a semirural county, basically, and we have to accept our condition and not be so dependent or insistent on growth. We do not have to continue to build. If anything, we need to consolidate, and be satisfied with what we have, and preserve its beauty and usefulness to improve the quality of citizens' lives in other ways.

Maybe we should explore becoming part of Pasco County, or form a three-county government under one umbrella, thereby consolidating our duplicative government departments. We can start with the Sheriff's Office first.

Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill

Will gas tax hike find favor? Feb. 11 article

Real gas tax is 45 cents, not 9

The story is totally misleading.

You would get the impression we're paying 9 cents per gallon tax. It's more like 45 cents in total tax per gallon

R.T. Webb, Brooksville

Ban fireworks use within city limits

This letter is in response to past writers to the editor and specifically to the recent column by C. T. Bowen (editor of editorials) in his well-written and informative column regarding the sale and detonation of fireworks.

Mr. Bowen, thankfully and correctly, is opposed to the sale and illegal setting off of fireworks. He very clearly explained the attempts by local governments to stop the sale of fireworks. However, they have been unable to accomplish their goal, because the local rules were overturned by the Florida Legislature, due to the contributions of the fireworks lobby.

I would like to suggest another approach to stop the setting off of exploding fireworks. Why not have the local governments require that the sheriff and police departments hand out citations and fines for detonating fireworks in residential areas? It would be interesting to hear the agricultural-angle explanations offenders have for exploding fireworks in the city and residential areas on the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve.

It is puzzling that local law enforcement has not gone after these lawbreakers, who for their own enjoyment disturb and annoy neighbors and scare their pets, livestock and wild animals all night and into the morning hours. Hand out fines and increase your reduced budgets of the current economic times.

Sheriff Richard Nugent, take notice. Stop raising our property taxes. Many of us are unemployed and uninsured. Get it from the lawbreakers.

Paul Capral Spring Hill

Help needed for Sept. 11 memorial

The Retired Firefighters of New York City, Spring Hill Chapter 343, is constructing a memorial garden at VFW Post 10209 on Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. When completed, the site will consist of a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the name of every victim of the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors murdered on the USS Cole in the sea of Yemen in 2000.

The steel, tile and canister are already in place, along with 381 engraved bricks. We need about 900 additional bricks to complete the project.

When it is completed, we will attempt to have the memorial included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. To accomplish this, we need financial support. If you or your company would like to make a donation in any amount, please send the contribution to: 9-11 Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.

For information, contact me at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365, or John Pasquale at (352) 683-7966 or (352) 428-9766.

Joe Holland, Spring Hill

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