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Ex-deputy shouldn't be given special treatment in court

Editor: Drunken driving will not stop until punishment is swift, certain and severe. An example of just the opposite was shown in the Charles Campbell sentencing.

The days of putting the victim on trial must end. This well-known person, who lived in Hernando Beach, was put on trial because he happened to be in front of a drunken driver's car.

We at MADD find this type of sentencing outrageous.

The fact that the newspapers keep referring to him as an ex-deputy insults all law enforcement personnel. Ex-deputy says it all.

This man dishonored the uniform every deputy wears and deserves no consideration because he once wore one.

Jean Jucier, president

MADD Hernando County

Lucille Chrisafulle, president

MADD Florida State office

Prayer isn't the

same as religion

Editor: Prayer, whether in the school, in the courthouse, in the halls of the Congress of the United States, before the taking of the oath of the office of the president of the United States, as offered by Billy Graham on the steps of the Capitol on Jan. 20, is not something the Supreme Court forbids.

Religion, per se, is something that is personal to people.

Prayer, on the other hand, is not something that should be forbidden. The money of the United States bears the words, "In God We Trust." While I agree that religion and the state are incompatible, I do believe, as most of our readers do, that God is who he is whether Jehovah, Buddha or Allah. And prayer, when offered, is something that is altogether different from religion.

The Pilgrim fathers left their native England because they were denied the opportunity to worship as they wished. They did not leave their country because they were denied the practice of prayer, but because of refusing to obey the doctrines of the Church of England.

While I do not want religion to dictate the thinking of anyone, I do believe that the United States of America must allow prayer wherever appropriate. Prayer need not be vocal to be effective.

H. Stanley Haley Jr.


Rental truck zoning

raises many questions

Editor: The improper zoning of County Commissioner Tony Mosca Jr.'s business leaves many unanswered questions.

Who, in 1984, was behind the push to forbid truck rentals in Spring Hill? And why? If Mr. Mosca was already renting trucks, as he claims he didn't get his U-Haul franchise until 1985, then why would the county change an ordinance to forbid other truck rentals? I'm sure the county didn't come up with this idea on their own. Who testified before the County Commission back in 1984? Was Mr. Mosca president of the Spring Hill Civic Association at that time?

Someone had to request the change in zoning. The only thing this ordinance change did, that I can see, is that it was a back-door attempt to give Mr. Mosca a guaranteed area without competition. Even U-Haul doesn't do that.

Mr. Mosca was accused by the Iacopellis of saying that the Spring Hill Civic Association would keep them from renting trucks in the area. He denies it, but it seems more than a coincidence that when Fast Lube tried to get a zoning variance for truck rentals, the first ones to speak against it were _ you guessed it _ Mr. Fico, then president of the Spring Hill Civic Association, and Mo Lubee, an association director. Coincidence, or conspiracy to protect Mosca's business?

The Fast Lube zoning variance to C-2 use for truck rentals was approved by the Planning and Zoning Board, yet the county commissioners still voted to deny it. Why?

I think the newspapers should do more digging and come up with the answers that the public not only needs to know, but deserves an answer to.

Alfred Pagano

Spring Hill

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