Editor: This is all about saving our precious water and about communicating to your readers perhaps little-known facts regarding water consumption.
My wife and I use an average of 4,000 gallons of water each month, city water that is! This includes about 200 gallons per week to keep our 12-by 28-foot swimming pool full.
We have a well which supplies water to our lawn. Though we use it sparingly during the winter months and not at all after a rainfall of any reasonable amount, I am sure we are in the minority of people who know where the "off" button is located on the sprinkler timer.
Our sprinkler system uses 30 gallons per minute. I have four zones which operate 45 minutes each to complete a sprinkling cycle. This use is twice each week (when needed) which figures eight times per month.
That amount to over 43,000 gallons of well water per month. If this proves out to be an average over our neighborhood which has 33 private homes, that's over a million gallons of water each month.
Talk about things that make you go hmmm! There are tens of thousands of neighborhoods like ours in this part of the county (Pasco). Wow, anybody got a calculator?
Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where our water is going. Nor does it take a math major to figure out how we can control this irrigation abuse-overuse.
Set reasonable water restrictions, i.e., two times each week in the growing months and once weekly during December through February. And more during and immediately after periods of heavy rainfall.
Lawn sprinkling is the greatest user of our precious water resource and it is far and away the most abused and overused way we waste our water. Lawns like to rest (go dormant) in the colder months. This they can't do if their bed is constantly being wetted.
How do we find personnel to enforce water conservation of this kind? It's easy. Just hire public-spirited citizens like myself to be assigned territory within the county for the purpose of issuing citations to the many water wasters and pay them from the fines that are collected. No cost to the non-water abuser. No cost to the taxpayers (except the abusers and over-users).
Swiftmud is toying with ideas about rain monitors and meters on private wells in the area. Maybe they found out about these jokes at their last meeting in Las Vegas sponsored in part, maybe, by the manufacturers of rain monitors and water meters. Just an idea, not an accusation! But, if enacted into law, will cost every property owner in this part of the state a considerable hunk of money to pay for these jokes.
Incidentally, if the intelligence of all this is realized by the powers that be, I would like to be the first to apply for one of the jobs that could be titled "water-waster-catcher."
Richard J. Lynch, Hudson
Unfair judge can be recused
Editor: If the women living in Pasco County weren't guileless, sapless and afraid of their own silhouette personalities, the Judge Keough parable would be a thing of the past, and the likelihood of its getting into a magazine might not have ever happened.
A judge must not show favoritism, be incompetent or allow his own emotions and/or sentiments to interfere with his or her complying with the laws.
Many lower court judges make inappropriate determinations (these judges can be found in every county) and you as either the respondent or the plaintiff have the right to another judge.
Therefore, instead of feeling miserable because of what you contemplate to be a miscarriage of justice in Judge Keough's courtroom, weigh the pros and cons. Be fair. If the pros outweigh the cons, accept the ruling(s). If the cons outweigh the pros (ladies, be honest) then countercharge. Send the discriminatory (in your opinion) judge a letter (make sure to certify it and get a return receipt) countercharging him (her) and request that said judge recuse himself (herself) from the case.
Mrs. Bobbii Klein, New Port Richey
Animals are cool, killing isn't
Editor: We think that people should save endangered animals because they are getting killed for no reason. People should also try to save endangered animals because once they are gone, they can never come back. We are determined not to let any more animals become extinct by making people care more and not kill endangered animals. It is against the law and it kills them all.
We also want this letter to sink into the heads of the people around the world so these animals will get their name off the endangered list. For example, some animals on the list are sandhill crane, sea turtle, Florida panther, manatee, bald eagle, whooping crane and Florida cougar. We think animals are cool and people shouldn't kill something that we think is cool.
Cindy Seay and Angela Lind, New Port Richey
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