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Sheriff's Office deserves credit for getting Adopt-A-Cop rolling

Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to correct a misstatement that appeared in your June 10, 1993, article regarding the Adopt-A-Cop program.

Although I wish I could take credit for suggesting it, this program actually was created by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office _ specifically, Deputy Tim Spitzer.

In his capacity as a school resource officer, Spitzer saw a real need for services such as those provided by Big Brothers/Big Sisters. It was largely through his efforts that Adopt-A-Cop was formed.

What has really gotten this program moving, however, is the personal support it has gotten from Sheriff Lee Cannon and the attention it has been given by Capt. Alan Weinstein.

Sheriff Cannon's endorsement has elevated this program to a much higher priority within the Sheriff's Office than it had previously held, and Capt. Weinstein's enthusiasm has resulted in a schedule of activities for children on the waiting list, as well as a concerted recruitment drive for volunteers.

While the Adopt-A-Cop program really represents a combined effort on the part of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the Pasco County School System and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Tampa, it is particularly thanks to renewed efforts within the Sheriff's Office that this program has been reactivated.

It has been my very real pleasure and privilege to work with theSheriff's Office on the Adopt-A-Cop program, and I look forward to a long and productive association.

Nikki Breitenstein,

Advisory Board Spokesman,

Adopt-A-Cop of Pasco County

Hiring parliamentarian

sets poor example

Editor: Re: Bob Gipson parliamentarian article.

A recent call to Port Richey City Hall has enlightened me on some policies regarding hiring of personnel. The city personnel manual does not allow anyone with a criminal record to be a city employee, nor can you be a volunteer firefighter, or on the police auxiliary.

But the mayor of the city will bend the rules and let his "adviser" sit on the dais next to him and other members of the council knowing he has served time in jail in many different states and has been into criminal dealings in Florida as well.

I think this should say something about the current mayor and his judgment in guiding the city of Port Richey. Is putting a known criminal up next to him on the council dais good judgment? And does the city really need a parliamentarian? It has gone this long without one.

As former Mayor Michael Cox said, "It is a shame Roger Naused doesn't have time to read Robert's Rules of Order." What is the new mayor doing to help this troubled, scandal-filled city?

Robyn Brown,

Port Richey

Today's children are

much like yesterday's

Editor: We hear and read today that contemporary children lack basic social courtesies, and perhaps this phenomenon may be true for some. I have found, however, that today's youngsters truly are not much different than we were a half century or so ago.

Recently I had the privilege of conducting tours for the fifth-grade students of Northwest Elementary School and the fourth-grade students of the Lake Myrtle Elementary School. These children were well behaved, well mannered, very polite and courteous.

Their parents, school and Pasco County should be proud and pleased that we may boast of having "good kids." This behavior mode was enough for any adult to be impressed, but these children sent individual thank you notes for having them as plant visitors.

it is now my obligation to thank the students for being excellent and urge them to keep up the good work.

Vincent Mannella, P.E.,

Solid Waste Facility Manager

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