Editor: While we're still on the subject of recycling, I hope businesses such as hotels and restaurants are being included in all this.. The waste of some of these places is ridiculous. Someone I know regularly goes in the trash of a nearby business and returns home with trash bags full of aluminum cans that were thrown away.
Also, how about the city providing specific receptacles in the park for recyclables? While on vacation last year, we visited many other Florida cities that do this. In a town where receptacles were provided down the main street, there was hardly any littering at all. Hotels routinely had their maids pull cans out of the room trash cans, and a receptacle was placed next to the soft drink machines with a sign requesting the return of the containers.
Although I don't care for the blue bag idea (we've never bought garbage bags and probably won't start), it certainly won't prevent me from continuing to recycle as I have been for the past six years. Since our household recycles more than what the county requests, we'd still go to the recycle place anyway, so we'll just continue to take everything there. How about a column in the paper where readers can send in any helpful hints on recycling and saving water? We already seem to be starting this with letters telling how to clean out cans, so why not a specific column?
New Port Richey
Barrels better than blue bags
Editor: I am writing in regard to the recycling program recently introduced to Pasco County. I am so enthusiastic that the program is being accepted by the county and I can only hope that it will help our environment. I have lived in Florida my whole life and I've seen this beautiful state deteriorate year after year, and I can only pray that this plan will help not only our land but also our gorgeous waters.
As for the plan, there are many technicalities that shouldn't be overlooked. A plastic bag, though recyclable, requires factories to reprocess the bag. In the production of the bags, the factories are releasing many chemicals that are destroying our ozone layer and killing our environment. If we can't stop these pollutants from entering now, when will we?
The most economical and environmental way to resolve this problem is to use a designated garbage barrel with a decal or large sticker to indicate that the barrel is filled with recyclable materials. To do this would save your customers financially and our world ecologically.
Trenton Edwin Tanski
Ridgewood High student
Animal abusers often caught
Editor: The day before your article appeared about the dolphin that had been stabbed in Tarpon Springs, I had just returned from Baltimore, my last tourist attraction being the Baltimore National Aquarium. As an animal rights activist, I've always had mixed feelings about the controversy surrounding aquarium attractions involving dolphins and whales. Is it humane to keep these beautiful, intelligent, harmless to human animals in a tank just to entertain us, or should they all be returned to their natural waters?
I discussed this with a trainer after the show and he convinced me that most are content and safer in captivity because the three main causes of death in their natural waters (other than illness) are all due to humans. Boats, fish netting and intentional killings, such as the one in Tarpon Springs, have convinced me that well-run aquarium attractions may be more humane.
Almost every day we read about the senseless, inhumane torture of animals by children and adults. Aside from the sadness and anger I felt after reading this article, I think it is more important to inform those even thinking of abusing or killing an animal of the serious consequences.
Animal cruelty is illegal and punishable by large fines and imprisonment. The animal rights groups are among the largest, most powerful and aggressive protection agencies nationally and internationally, with enormous financial backing. Large amounts of money are used specifically as rewards to find offenders such as the person who stabbed the dolphin. There is usually one person who is witness to a cruelty act, and large rewards bring these people forward. Ninety percent of animal abusers are caught, fined and convicted. Many are further punished by having their names, addresses and employers published in the papers, subjecting them to harassment from animal rights groups. If a person has no morals about killing animals, the above deterrent would make them think twice.
Susan L. Shissler
Youth curfew not the answer
Editor: I would like to comment on the recent curfew imposed on the young people of Pasco County.
First of all, is it fair to assume that all Pasco County teen-agers are of the same character as those who were arrested in the slayings in Hudson? Is it fair to punish all the good for the acts of a few?
Second, could the crime have been prevented by having a curfew? I don't think it would have mattered. Were these people who would have worried about a curfew? According to newspaper report, they were stalking the house at 10 p.m.
And, finally, will a curfew be imposed on middle-aged or senior citizens if someone in their age group commits a murder? I don't think a curfew is the answer.
Matthew P. Welebob
The making of violent children
Editor: I read the article in your Feb. 2 edition in which Bill Alexander acknowledges the direct cause and effect relationship that exists between screen violence and the patterned behavior that young people engage in. I applaud Mr. Alexander, as I so seldom hear people making this logical correlation.
Children are products of their environment. Society, however, apparently is no longer aware of this, because people have become so desensitized to the moral depravity that dominates the movies and music that so many watch and listen to. The murder, violence, alcohol, drugs and sexual immorality are invariably glamorized to children through the full array of media.
It's time for all these Dr. Spock devotees to face reality _ to grow up and take responsibility for raising their children! Parental awareness, censorship, discipline and control are essential. It's not materialism or permissiveness that will ultimately reveal your love for them. It's getting involved in their lives _ knowing who their friends are, where they are, what they're doing, the movies they're watching, the music they're listening to. Know what's going on, so that you don't end up having to ask yourself "why?" Ignorance is no excuse.
New Port Richey
Compliments a boost to mom
Editor: On Thursday, my two sons, Eric, 1, and Donny, 2, and I were having lunch at Burger King in Hudson. Then I took them to play on the playground. Two different ladies came over to me and both said, "I was watching you with your boys You have two nice boys there. You're doing a great job with them." This really made my day.
I gave up a great career to stay home and raise my children. I am with my boys seven days a week, 24 hours a day. My husband works long hours. Sometimes I feel my hard work goes unnoticed. I guess it really does get the credit deserved. I spend my time making sure they are clean, fed, entertained, changed, keeping them out of mischief, and teaching them discipline and manners.
I'd like to thank those two ladies for taking the few seconds of their day to pat me on the back with a "job well done." Thismeans a lot to me.
Sherry Koser, Hudson
A cheer for Eagle Scouts
Editor: With so much adverse publicity in the news lately regarding our youth, wasn't it heartwarming to read the story in Carolyn Hopkins' column about Michael J. Hagerty, Sean P. Murray and Keith S. Shotzberger receiving the Eagle Scout Award recently at St. Michael's Archangel Parish? As a long-time advocate of scouting _ my husband and I were once involved as scoutmaster and den mother _ I know it is no easy task to achieve what these young men accomplished.
I'm proud to say we have a son and grandson who also were Eagle Scouts. Hopefully, these members of Troop 86 and many others will go on to perhaps lead our country in the future. Our hats are off to them. Congratulations to all of them and to their parents. Also our thanks to the Pasco Times for printing such a nice tribute to them. It certainly was well-deserved.
Dorothy M. Pascale
Pasco Builders Association Inc.
Lott is a hero, not a villain
Editor: Last week, you ran an article regarding a lawsuit by Sand Pebble Pointe I Condominium Association against Frank Lott, a former president of the condominium association. The article detailed allegations that Lott illegally gained control of land intended for the association.
When all the facts come out regarding Frank Lott, they will reveal that he was a hero rather than a villain. As a matter of fact, he saved the property for all the unit owners of Sand Pebble, both Phase I and Phase III. At the time the property was offered as a donation to all of Sand Pebble for an RV storage area, some unit owners were attempting to buy the property for personal use. Smelling a rat, and to protect the interests of the unit owners of Phase I and Phase III, Lott, as a trustee, had the property deeded to Pebble Pointe Yacht and Tennis Club Inc. in trust for all the unit owners.
At a meeting called by some unit owners (not Lott), all the shares in the property were offered free of charge to all unit owners in both phases of Sand Pebble.
Now some of the same people who tried to acquire the property for their own personal use are spear-heading a drive to have the property transferred to Phase I only. Sand Pebble Phase I Association is suing Lott in order to transfer the property to Phase I, instead of all phases as the donor had intended and before even getting the vote of all the unit owners as required by law.
Thank you, Frank Lott, our hero.
Douglas Shank, chairman
Committee for a Sane Sand Pebble