Women voters, be there Nov. 4
I am sure that the women Democrats who did not vote on Tuesday had very good excuses for their absence. I would urge all such persons to check their calendar for Nov. 4; we have another election then.
Of course, many will be engaged with the sales at the mall or at their hair appointment. Some will complain that their nasty knee began to hurt and they had to nap and yet others will simply "not know" since their minds are filled with the complex dynamics of dishes and laundry and the new judge on American Idol.
America asks her citizens for a few moments every year or so, a few moments of Americans' time, to set the course of government. It is a course that might seem boring to those within the complex dynamics of dishes and laundry and hairstyles and sales, but a course, nonetheless, that should carry some importance.
Boring choices such as a war, women's right to choose, homeowners' ability to stay in their homes, increasing alternative energy, creating jobs and health care for all Americans. It's not as exciting as American Idol, or as refreshing as a nap, but once every four years, Pasco women Democrats should find time to vote.
Consider just one little boring choice: violence against women. The Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act. John McCain jokes about rape and belittled a young Chelsea Clinton.
Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey
Law enforcement is nonresponsive
We very rarely see a patrol car on our street and one day someone is going to be killed by a vehicle speeding up and down Ledgestone Lane from Embassy Boulevard to Ridge Road.
On several occasions, I have reported to the narcotics squad a house on our street that appears to be drug dealing all hours of the day and night. It has more traffic coming and going than most car dealers have vehicles on their lots. Each time, I was assured it would be looked into or passed on to higher-ups. But it seems it's business as usual.
I realize funding has been cut in many places, but it also seems there is a relaxed attitude that says, well, we might get it done one of these days after we all get done squabbling over pay and various benefits.
I respect the job the men and women do, as I am a former deputy and police officer. But I think more effort can be put in by all departments of the Sheriff's Office or maybe a new leader in this next election can handle the job.
Ray Stiver, Port Richey
Simpler is better for schoolkids
Once upon a time, an elementary school was a place where children came to learn basic subjects, which were rounded out with art, music, physical education and recess.
Classrooms were structured. Quizzes and tests were given to gauge progress and report cards were simply letter grades. Behavior issues were rare. However, when there was a disciplinary problem, it was dealt with immediately. Students had the security of consistency and knew there were consequences if they chose to push the limits.
It was a simple time without scads of paperwork that no mere mortal teacher should have to do. Thanks to the ludicrous ideas of the federal government, we have accomplished not leaving any child left behind. Instead, we are leaving all the children behind.
Why does the wheel have to be reinvented when it was turning just fine? What would happen if parents would do their job and parent? Teachers could do their jobs and teach and children could be children and just learn and have fun.
Everyone would live happily ever after.
Terry Maher, New Port Richey
Hanzel: Thanks for your support
I would like to thank all my campaign volunteers and supporters who worked with me in my race for the Pasco County School Board. I appreciate the volunteers who have been with me from the beginning, which was October 2007, and also those who joined recently.
My supporters accurately understood my viewpoints, values, goals, and my aspirations for the school district. I appreciate their loyalty.
I am grateful to all who gathered petition signatures, who walked the neighborhoods with me, who gave advice, who called with good wishes, who waved Hanzel signs in public areas, and to those who voted. My volunteers and supporters were the best.
Peter Hanzel, Wesley Chapel