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Report on Florida's high cancer rate no surprise

Editor: Today, my prediction that Florida is the "worst" state for percentage of cancer victims (i.e., one in three) was widely announced in our news media! My only thought was, why did the newspaper give it only a small space? Certainly, the loss of a beloved member of a family through an agonizing illness will devastate that family. The suggestion by Dr. Charles Mahan, our state medical officer, that most cancers can be avoided or that it is natural for many elderly to fall prey to cancer seems to be coming too late.

While I certainly am not a medical person, it didn't take much to notice that neighbor after neighbor was falling prey to cancer. Indeed, over the past 10 years, I have tried to alert the public about this scourge. Such letters were written with the hope that elected representatives and the medical profession would try to determine what was causing the unusually high incidence of cancer in our areas. Had they done so, who knows how many lives may have been saved?

Each of us needs to fulfill a mission in life. Hopefully, that mission will benefit mankind. Mine is to keep on fighting to see research expanded toward finding a cure for cancer and other devastating diseases. With the help of the Times and other local newspapers, I can keep the public informed and try to make them add their voices to mine toward controlling cancer.

Again, I wish to thank the Pasco Times for its unending cooperation in bringing this subject to the public.

G. Samkofsky

Holiday

Pinellas opinions not welcome here

Editor: For the past several months, Pasco County subscribers to the Pasco County edition of the St. Petersburg Times have been subjected to guest column fare almost consistently from writers singled out from those residing in Pinellas County, and I can categorically state that the St. Petersburg Times is not morally correct in that practice. It is inconsiderate to its local subscribers as the people here are not that interested in reading reflections from Pinellas County residents about battered women in Pinellas County, commentary from a Pinellas rabbi supporting gay rights or some sanitized retired former German national from Pinellas County telling us all about the ills of the United States.

I realize that the St. Petersburg Times is free to publish what it will, but I need not remind its publishers that the revenue received from its Pasco County subscribers provides the employment at the Pasco Times, and it will remain that way as long as (Editor of Editorials Robert) Pittman and company can support its excellent coverage to the interest of Pasco County and can recognize the importance of its revenue from this county. But, stinting space from letters received to the editor to give guest column space to Pinellas County writers is not good business practice. I would urge that publisher Roy Bain reserve his guest column space to the many letters that the Times consistently receives from its readers who have local information or some beef to share with its subscribers.

William C. Hamer

Hudson

Abortion in U.S. doesn't make sense

Editor: The United States of America was founded by God-fearing men and women, and today there are a great many religions flourishing here in this great country. The big cities and the small towns all have their places of worship, and on Saturdays and Sundays (and other days also), millions of us attend services. A recent survey indicates that there are many more people who belong to a church or synagogue than don't. That statistic is probably not surprising to the average person, but the following certainly must be.

To my knowledge, not one religion condones the abominable practice of killing humans in their mother's womb, yet it is legal in the good old United States of America. How can that be? Since more people believe in God and His laws and God-fearing people don't believe in murder and the majority are supposed to rule, how could this terrible thing ever become law?

If a minority can con the lawmakers into legalizing murder in the form of abortion, will they be able to con the same people into legalizing euthanasia _ the killing of us older people when we become non-productive?

It's frightening and puzzling, isn't it?

Al L. Meyer

Hudson

Skin screening helps many

Editor: The West Pasco American Cancer Society just completed a two-day skin screening conducted by Dr. Richard Miller, Dr. Brian Johnson and Dr. Michael Myers. We examined 313 people and discovered 384 problems. We wish to thank the doctors and the public for making it so successful.

Judith C. Wilson

American Cancer Society

Boys and Girls Club needs support

Editor: The Boys and Girls Club of Pasco County has been around since 1982, but I have heard from many people in the past few weeks that they were not aware of the club's existence. With the help of a very active board of directors, we hope to change that.

Registration is under way for the summer program, which will include arts and crafts, games, hobby classes inside, as well as soccer, volleyball and more active games outside. All of this is done on a very limited budget, supplemented by the generosity of United Way and Pasco County. However, we are always looking for volunteers who have a morning or afternoon they would like to spend teaching our children whatever particular skills they have.

Also this summer, our children will be participating in an exchange-type program with Forest Glen Adult Care Lodges. They will spend time visiting with the residents in activities similar to the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.

We have taken delivery of a 47-seat bus, which county government enabled us to buy through Community Development Block Grant money, and look forward to taking the children on field trips this summer to go swimming, skating, picnicking in the county parks and visiting the county library.

The goal of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasco, as well as that of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with whom we are affiliated, is to provide a safe and secure environment for young people during times when they are not in school. But the mission does not stop there. We want to build good citizens, young people dedicated to the principles of hard work, the importance of education, avoidance of drugs, an interest in a healthy environment and helping others less fortunate. We would like to be able to expose them to cultural influences they may not have access to anywhere else and assist them in exploring career fields.

The big project we are recruiting help for is our annual Boys and Girls Club Bash, scheduled for Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. We are going to express our rededication to the principles of the club by cleaning, painting inside and out, planting shrubs, clearing land and having a garage sale to pay for it all. Call the club at (813) 862-2582 to volunteer your services, offer goods for the sale, volunteer to man one of the booths or give money if you really can't get out of bed on a Saturday morning.

Cindy Kuhn

Executive Director

Boys and Girls Club

of Pasco County Inc.

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