Editor: I was very upset when I read the letter from B. Koegel on May 21. The reader stated that he/she has lived in Spring Hill for 10 years and never has enjoyed Jan Glide-well's column.
Koegel further stated that Glidewell's "Santa Claus beard and long hair are bad news."
To add insult to injury, even Glidewell's wife was a target for Koegel's poison pen.
I have lived in Spring Hill for less than a year. In that short time, however, I have come to look forward to Glidewell's column. It is the first thing I look for when I open my morning paper.
I don't care what he looks like. His column is always the perfect start to a day that may not be so perfect. I am really disappointed if I don't see Glidewell's picture on my front page.
I have a suggestion for Koegel. If you don't like Glidewell's column, do what I do with the sports section or some comic strips: don't read it!
And to Glidewell, keep up the good work and my best to the "wife."
Joanne E. Hastings
Glidewell gives relief
in midst of violence
Editor: I was appalled to read that people write to you complaining about Jan Glidewell. He is one humorous addition to a news source that is filled with violence and hatred. It is a sick world in which we live. Jan is temporary relief for the sickness.
How anal-retentive can these people be? Complaining about his long hair! He is an exceptional writer, and he should be looked at for his ability, not for his appearance. I can sympathize with the readers against Jan. My hair is twice as long as his. They are the people who look at me and think I am going to kill their cat and drink its blood.
Do these people belong to the Parents Music Resource Center or some other group against freedom of speech? Remember, they tried to ban rock music and those artists sell millions of copies. Maybe Jan should write a book. He would be a best-selling author.
Volunteers can perform
service officers' jobs
Editor: In response to the letter from Michael Loscalzo, Hernando County service officer, please allow some corrections.
Loscalzo stated that "the writer is probably not a veteran and knows little or nothing about helping veterans and families." I wonder if Loscalzo would print his qualifications prior to his "appointment" as C.S.O.
Money for county service officers under law comes to counties for community services. To spend money for a county service officer is a duplication of services available through any veteran's organization free of charge. I take issue with Loscalzo's comment that half the organizations do not have service officers.
I have been a service officer almost 23 years. On average, I work with 25 veterans, dependents and widows each month. I have an office in my home, furnish all necessary forms, counseling, and supply notary services when necessary. I make no charge and accept no expenses for postage or telephone. If a veteran needs a hearing at the VA in St. Petersburg, I represent him or her at no cost.
The sole function of a county service officer is to give information, complete necessary forms, etc. Once that is done he has no further involvement. All paperwork is then forwarded to Florida Department of Veteran Affairs (FDVA), St. Petersburg, Fl. All FDVA representatives are paid by veteran and non-veteran taxpayers.
Most veterans organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, have full-time national service officers in St. Petersburg. Each organization pays salaries and expenses. They are not a financial burden on taxpayers in any state. Chapter or post service officers work in close association with the national officers and know the veteran or dependent. Thus they provide a closer, more personal service.
I agree with the statement that we need service officers in Hernando County. We do not need to pay them. The VFW and DAV have fine, experienced, well-trained volunteers. These volunteer service officers are a credit to Hernando County because of their efforts, donations and gifts made to nursing homes and hospitals in this county. Why pay someone to perform services. A volunteer does just as well, frequently better
John B. Turner
May's rains provide
enough water for lawns
Editor: You don't have to be an expert to know we've had a more than average rainfall during the month of May in the Tampa Bay area, including Hernando County.
Southwest Florida Water Management (SWIFTMUD) will undoubtedly ease water restrictions if we continue to get at least a reasonable amount of rain in the coming weeks, which will benefit our lawns and landscaping.
Nevertheless, there are still many, perhaps ignorant or uncooperative, citizens in the Spring Hill community who still water their lawns after a more than sufficient rainfall. I see it every day, which also is evidence that some don't abide by the current restrictions, particularly the odd-even and after 9 a.m. ruling.
My lawn has never been greener, and I haven't watered in weeks. Perhaps when their lawns are taken over by "silver dollars" and other weeds that proliferate with too much moisture, they'll wake up and smell the coffee! Turn it off, folks!
Roy T. McMillan
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