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Students need to show they're worthy of tax increase

Editor: Knowing that fewer funds for schools will be coming from our state capital and Washington, I am all for the 1-cent sales tax.

I know that the way the referendum has been set up there is a timetable so that all concerned will get the most out of the tax money. I believe for all extracurricular subjects, students should carry a "B" average in regular subjects. These other things would be sports, music, drama or other related subjects. If we are to get the most for our money, I don't think this is too much to ask from those who might benefit from these extra subjects that require public funding. I would not appreciate our school system going to the voucher system. This could be a burden on many who are not in the specialty fields.

We have seen enough on television and newspapers of students who have made it to colleges and can't even read or tell time. If we are to spend money, let's make sure we are going to get our money's worth. I have read many negative reports about a tax increase, but if we follow good guidelines, that little bit could be a big asset to us down the road.

In any case, I urge people to get out and vote, and vote their own conscience.

Joseph Pennington, Holiday

Cafeteria computer a $500,000 waste

Editor: Re: school cafeterias/penny tax increase; both articles on the front page of Pasco Times on June 29.

What's wrong with this picture?

Why did the School Board unanimously approve a $500,000 districtwide automation food-service line forschools? The article said, "As the worker punches in the items the child is buying for breakfast or lunch, computer software provides a nutritional analysis of the meal."

Now, who's benefit is this for and for what purpose? Does the student get a printout of this vital information like you get at the drugstore with your prescriptions?

If the School Board is worried about what students eat, why don't they take all of the junk food (potato chips, candy, ice cream) out of the schools? I'm sure this would make the parents a lot happier than spending $500,000 on this computer.

In the next article, we have Tom Weightman trying to convince the voters to vote for the tax increase "for school construction and renovation and for computers and other technology." I can think of one place he could save $500,000 and put it to better use.

My husband, a former Pasco County teacher, and I do a lot of volunteer work for the schools and both of us are on the board of directors for different school organizations. We know the need for the financial help exists and the penny tax increase is needed, but we also feel that spending money on things like this $500,000 computer should be questioned.

Carol Remisiewicz, Pasco County

Vote for tax to cover new schools

Editor: On Sept. 12, our School Board will ask us to approve a penny sales tax for school construction. Pasco County, as we all know, is experiencing tremendous growth. The school district enrolls more than 1,800 new students every year. This is the equivalentof two new schools a year. State funding for construction is expected to be cut in half in the next two years and our revenues simply are not sufficient to keep up with our rapid growth. Without additional funds to build schools and classrooms, schools across Pasco County will be forced to have overcrowded classrooms and inevitably double sessions.

The sales tax increase is not permanent. It is only for five years and the School Board is required by law to spend school construction money only on school construction, land acquisition, maintenance of buildings and school buses.

Your help is needed. Please vote yes Sept. 12! Together, we can "Build Schools and Futures _ One Penny at a Time!"

Dave Estabrook, Assistant Principal,

Pine View Middle School

Vote yes for Pasco's children

Editor: The Pasco County Council of PTAs and PTSAs unanimously voted in favor of supporting the 1-cent sales tax increase. Don't forget the children who are most affected by overcrowding are the people with no vote, no voice, no choice! It is up to the wisdom of the electorate to take the advice of its leaders and follow through with a yes vote.

Alberta Beversdorf,

second vice president, Port Richey

Agent wasn't in it for the money

Editor: Having worked for Prudential Insurance Co. for 35 years, I think I should make some remarks about the article in the Business section June 29. During the 35 years the practice of having clients use the cash or loan values of their current policies to pay the premiums on a new policy was done frequently to attain the goal of attending yearly conventions. However, these goals were being raised from year to year.

In the 35 years I worked, I went only to three. The last one was to the Fontainbleu in Florida. I never was No. 1 with the company, and I never wanted to reach that pinnacle because when you do you better do it year after year.

I do have policies that, from the paid-up additions from dividends, exceed the face amount of their policies, and this gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

Charles B. McNair, New Port Richey

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