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Children's Services Council defended

Editor: Re: the Children's Services Council. Some time ago the allegation was made that the money raised for the council would be paid in salaries instead of going for the agencies needing help. This is against a law that spells out the regulations concerning the formation of a council and I quote, "Members of the council shall serve without compensation ... "

Second, no further increase in the millage rate may be imposed without another referendum passed by the voters. Pinellas County has agreed that the need there has escalated with the growth and overwhelmingly voted the first increase in the modest rate in many years. It is obvious that the voters have complete control of the rate assessed.

Third, there is no authority or desire to interfere with adequate family care. The court is faced daily with the needs of youngsters who are inadequately cared for, abandoned, abused or those whose families ask for help, and the help is not there because of insufficient financing. Federal and state agencies do what they can, but what they can do is curtailed by the availability of funds.

Everything costs money, and the council's sole function would be to distribute that money raised by the referendum in a way that would produce the best results for the children of Pasco County at risk and, in so doing, would be of inestimable benefit to us all. Pasco County would be the only recipient.

Fourth, it is to be hoped that there is a moral responsibility felt. Even wild animals and birds look after their young until the young can look after themselves. In many areas of wildlife, unrelated members take on the care and nurturing of young who are deprived of their natural caregivers. Let us hope that we can count ourselves at least as compassionate as the so-called "lower orders."

Fifth, the suggestion was raised to concentrate on demanding care from parents, instead. In many cases, the parents are unable to deal with the problems for one reason or another or, in other cases, they themselves are the problem. Remember Bradley McGee? The answer would seem to be obvious: Do what we can to help those who've fallen through the cracks and train those who need it to be the responsible and caring parents of the future so the cycle will not be self-perpetuating.

Cast a vote for the Children's Service Council and know that your taxes are in Pasco, for Pasco, for now and in the future.

Helen N. Weller

American Association

of University Women

Pasco County branch

Children's council is for politicians

Editor: The reason politicians push for approval of the Children's Services Council is to create another cookie jar for them to put their hands in. Once the referendum is approved the governor and our local politicians will appoint 10 fat cats.

The first thing they're going to do is vote themselves big salaries, benefits and perks. All we have to do is look at Pinellas County; $2-million goes for salaries, plus something called no-operating which is $797,876. That amounts to $2.7-million _ $270,000 per council member.

How do you like that? What a gravy train! Now they want us to give the sheriff $365 a year, If we let them do it, we all are going to lose our homes.

Vote no to all new taxes.

Bert Kelm


Halloween could leave scars

Editor: I commend Tom Weightman, superintendent of schools, for his position on the spooky, scary, gory displays that schools make in celebration of Halloween.

Mr. Weightman sent a memo to all principals, advising them to refrain from any activities that are gory or frightening in nature and connected to evil spirits.

However, his memo did not go far enough. Where are the school psychologists in this important issue? Surely they need to offer advice and suggestions.

There must be many youngsters not mature or emotionally geared to comprehend these fantasies and scary displays of witches, skeletons and demons.

Such exposure may leave scars resulting in emotional distress for years to come. Nightmares, sleep disturbances, even academic performance may suffer. Unfortunately, it may not stop there; it may trigger a devastating childhood for some.

Let's hear from the psychologists on this important issue.

Minnie Mazzei

New Port Richey

Halloween traditions are not fun

Editor: Is Halloween a day of fun? Razors in apples, ground-up glass and drugs in food? People who think that is fun are sick! The parents who are supposed to love and care for their children are exposing them to needless danger.

Hooray for Mary Davis for standing up for the truth. She was not expressing religious views as she was accused of doing. Evidently, the people who attacked her don't know the history of Halloween. Druid worship is of the god of the dead, and that day still is celebrated by witches and satanists, sometimes involving human and animal sacrifices.

Fun? I think not! Open your eyes and learn the truth. Whether you believe it makes no difference _ it's there!

Ann Vitson

Port Richey

Residents' wishes being ignored

Editor: I was appalled to read in the morning newspaper that the mayor and council of New Port Richey are considering the purchase of the 80 acres on the Pithlachascotee River again. It certainly was discussed enough before the April elections to the point of being on the ballot for a straw vote. The purchase was rejected.

Apparently, now that elections are over for this term and things have quieted down, the wishes of the people can be ignored. I do not consider 50 people out of the population of New Port Richey to be a mandate.

It seems that every week something vital to our living is being raised in price: taxes, water and sewer, even tax on telephone calls. We have parks that are not used a great deal. Why do we need another one!

It is difficult for me to believe that I am alone in a protest. There must be someone else who has not changed his or her mind since the April ballot.

Ann Baumeister

New Port Richey