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Hudson Beach sewage shutdown is frustrating

Editor: Sure is nice to know that Pasco County is right on top of things by closing Hudson Beach to swimming because of the raw sewage in the water. Raw sewage, they say that then they mean something else. Don't want to offend anybody, do they? But, of course, people don't have to go swimming. Unless I'm one of a kind, I would say most people have to use their toilet from time to time. Now I don't want to blindside anybody, but the septic tanks around Hudson empty in the gulf. Hey, why not complete the sewer system, you say. Great idea. We tried, but the county commissioners say no, they don't want to get involved. Is getting involved visiting a dry lake with plenty of cameras? Hey, folks, that lake has been dry for years.

We have a real problem right here in "Canal City." The health department will probably say the beach is open for swimming soon. Believe it if you want to. I don't.

Dick Thomas, Hudson

New Port Richey: Learn from errors

Editor: As you probably recall, the city of New Port Richey recently took the extraordinary action of rescinding an ordinance that would have changed land use categories for property abutting the Pithlachascotee River.

By rescinding this ordinance, the City Council, in effect, voted to support the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which represents a promise to the people of New Port Richey to protect the Cotee River and the scenic shoreline of the river by keeping it lowest density residential. This means the land use for property abutting the river will not allow any more multiple-story, large apartment-type buildings, but will only permit five single-family residential dwellings per acre.

This land is categorized low-density residential to ensure that people can safely be evacuated in the event of a hurricane, to protect the manatees, turtles and other creatures who live in this beautiful river, and to safeguard the natural ecosystem of this river for us, and more important, for those who come after us.

Now, a family motivated by the promise of windfall profits is again requesting that the City Council change the land-use category to a higher density. Only this time this family is asking that more than 3 full acres of riverfront property be destroyed so apartments and office buildings can line the river from Grand Boulevard to Madison Street.

Haven't we learned from past mistakes that we can never gain back what we sacrifice in greed? Don't we have a responsibility from our Creator to protect what He has given us?

C. J. and Daryl Ann Papakrasas, New Port Richey

Tough questions for Animal Control

Editor: In reference to Sunday's article on the dog that was euthanized. I, for one, am heartsick for the family. Pasco County Animal Control calls itself humane? What is humane about taking a 9-year-old dog's life, when they knew that dog had a family and a good home? Do you mean to tell me $67 would make or break the Animal Control? I don't think so! If it was such a hardship for this family, couldn't they have waived this fee? This agency has no heart at all. I just can't believe they did this. My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of their beloved pet. This was downright cruel!

Barbara Nickolas, Port Richey

K-9 not treated like family member

Editor: I agree with the people from New Port Richey in reference to K-9 Officer Flash's death. I find it hard to understand why Flash was left in the cruiser even if the motor was running. If Flash wasn't needed at that time, why wasn't he left at home or brought into class? He has the training to stay while Deputy Brosnan takes his class. If the officer felt it necessary to leave him in the car, why didn't he feel it necessary to check on him during his break (which I'm sure he got)? Sheriff Lee Cannon says K-9 Flash's death is like losing a family member. I don't know how he could say that if this is considered routine or normal practice for K-9 officers to be left in the car when not needed. Sheriff Cannon, there should be some changes made. There is something wrong with this picture.

Pam Blanch, Hudson

Group appreciates Knights' donations

Editor: The Alliance for the Mentally Ill (for persons suffering from brain disorders) would once again like to thank the Knights of Columbus of St. Michael's Church in Hudson for their very generous donations over the past four years. How gratifying it is to live in a community that truly cares about its citizens suffering from a variety of brain disorders. Our organization shares with families our skills, our learning experiences, our compassion for other troubled families.

Donations such as these help us to contribute regularly toward research to help find the ultimate cure for this devastating illness.

Because of these donations we are able to sponsor many enjoyable events for consumers. It also enables many of us to attend and learn more at national meetings.

Minnie Mazzei, President, AMI/WP

Leave Pasco County's flea sales alone

Editor: I have been reading of late that the Lord High Panjandrum who resides at the Pasco Palace of Pontification on Little Road is worried by the degradation wrought by the proliferation of yard and garage flea sales and wants to put a curb on such heinous practices. What does he want to do now? Send the Sheriff's Office snooping around trying to catch these vicious criminals at their nefarious work? They haven't got enough to do?

The Proletariat, leading his/her humdrum, workaday life, unable to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergdorf-Goodmans, finds his/her fun doing the rounds at the fleas on weekends. Maybe picking up a cheap bike for the kid, or a trinket of some sort. Maybe a shirt or a blouse, some rusty old tools that can be cleaned up. A couple of old lawn mower wheels just to keep the old lawn mower working a couple more months.

What's wrong with that? Why are there so many self-important people ready to interfere with other people's innocent fun? Why don't these clods mind their own business?

George E. Smith, Hudson

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