Pay a little more to keep services
It seems every year when budget time comes around, the commissioners want the sheriff to take the brunt of the cuts. He has cut everywhere possible, and they still want another $1.5 million.
If you look at the property appraiser's website, you will see that between them, Commissioners Wayne Dukes and David Russell paid roughly $5,500 less in taxes for 2011 than in 2008. But, they still want the same services.
I would be more than happy to pay a little more to keep what we have.
Ray Williamson, Spring Hill
FEMA failed to 'assist'
So Debby blows through Hernando County and because of so much damage, we are declared a disaster area.
Now comes FEMA and it promises to assist those with damage. So I apply as I received enough rain to cause the ceiling in my garage to have a hole. Also, my screen porch is leaking badly.
FEMA has a man come to take pictures. He sees other spots on the ceiling I didn't notice. So now I'm thinking thank God for FEMA.
Lo and behold, my application has been denied. Not because I can't afford home insurance on my Social Security benefits, but because the garage and porch are considered luxuries. Huh?
What happens when the mold starts? Where will I go then? My grandchildren spend a lot of time with me and their safety comes first.
Of course, I'm going to appeal, but with my luck I'll be denied again. I may as well crawl into a hole and pull the dirt in, as I can't take much more stress.
Dorothy Rockwell, Spring Hill
Let us opt out of campaign emails
Commissioner John Druzbick is annoyed by the automated campaign calls he received. I too am annoyed by the emails I receive from Mr. Druzbick and have searched for ways to opt out of receiving these email solicitations and found none.
If he wants adherence to the law, his campaign should also do the same by giving people who receive his mail the ability to opt out.
Christopher Wright, Spring Hill
No animal deserves abuse
Kudos to the jury members in the recent trial of Wilana Frazier for cruelty to the cat, Dexter. My heart goes out to the PetLuv staff and especially the Vet Tech caretaker, Tiffany Sroka.
I am with full anticipation that Judge Daniel Merritt will give Frazier the most severe sentencing as humanly possible. No animal deserves to be harmed, attacked, suffered or beaten to death the way that Drake and Dexter had to end their young, precious and innocent lives.
I am hoping now that a bill for Dexter's Law will be passed and I will do my utmost to promote this law so that there will not be any more animal abuse or cruelty instances
Debbie Panarella, New York, N.Y.