Editor: On July 23, you printed a letter from Mr. Van Hook unfairly criticizing the County Commission for refusing to allow more handicapped parking spaces at the Elderly Nutrition site in Elfers.
This dining site belongs to Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. and offers several programs for the elderly, including a County Elderly Nutrition Program. The County Commission certainly would not prevent CARES from adding handicapped parking spaces for all of the CARES programs. In fact, earlier this year, the county approved handicapped parking spaces exceeding the code requirements at some of its facilities and formally supported legislation to eliminate abuses of handicapped parking permits.
I am certain that the county can work with CARES to find a solution to this problem. However, we clearly do not have the authority to force CARES to provide services that exceed federal and state requirements.
Daniel R. Johnson,
assistant county administrator for public services
Pasco Computer supports customers
Editor: In regard to dissatisfied customers of Pasco Computer and its owner, Steve Ivester.
I am a satisfied customer of Pasco Computer. They have helped me in the past concerning my computer. Although I am considered computer literate and have several books on the subject, I crashed my computer software. Pasco Computer worked with me, especially its owner, Steve Ivester, past closing hours to fix my computer.
Pasco Computer has upgraded my computer twice since 1985. Steve took time to explain to me all the details. He also provided service, both before, and most important to me, after the sale at no additional charge.
I will continue to do business with Pasco Computer, and especially its owner. In fact, I have referred Pasco Computer to my friends in the park, and I will definitely continue to do so.
William R. Foulis, Port Richey
Hudson sewer fee amounts to a tax
Editor: I would like to say a few words about the sewer problem in the Hudson area.
People do not want any more taxes, and to me, to be forced to hook up to the sewer system and pay $300 to $400 a year is just another tax. The sewer is something I do not need and do not want. Hudson Utilities charges the highest rates in the area. And you pay for every drop of water sent to your property. A lot of that water does not go to the sewer, and less is pumped to Pasco Waste Treatment.
People who bought a home without checking to see if the septic system was adequate (code or no code) should not be crying about those who did check. The septic system should be checked just like the heating and air conditioning system, or checking for termites.
I don't understand why we have to pay $1,615 to put Hudson Utilities in business. We did not pay to run gas lines or put up electric and telephone lines.
The problem of Hudson Beach bacteria does not only come from septic tanks. I see people every day throwing garbage, grass, weeds and oil in the canals.
Remember, $1,615 plus $300 to $400 a year will clean out a lot of septic tanks.
John Heisinger, Hudson
Bigger counties caused water woes
Editor: Pasco County would not have a water problem if it were not for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. They have bled us for 20 to 30 years.
I think pipelines to more distant sources are a pipe dream. Even if feasible, they could not be built fast enough to keep up with our growth. I speculate that in another 10 years, the population density of Pasco will be close to that of Pinellas County now. More distant sources will deplete as our entire state continues to grow.
I think Pinellas and Hillsborough counties should be the ones to "bite the pipeline" and spearhead desalinization. They have the most dense land use. They have the highest tax base. They have the highest per-capita income. They also have been the biggest waster. I still see banks and lush condos and restaurants sprinkling in a thunder storm.
For too many years, water has been artificially cheap because of the bounty of Pasco well fields. My sister must go to a depot once a week and haul home 20 jugs of water. If we had to apply our minimum wage to such labor, we would pour a lot less water on the ground.
I think Pinellas and Hillsborough should be required to install a generous over-capacity facility . . . so they can give Pasco free water for 20 or 30 years.
James C. Reynolds, New Port Richey
Environmental, water strategies poor
Editor: Re: Environmental neglect and water war.
The following questions are intended to create awareness to the above problems.
1. How long do we have to wait for a bona fide plan to ensure a continuous water supply?
2. How long do we have to wait for a good program and plan to stem the tide of pollution? What is being done? What has been accomplished?
3. How long do we have to wait for compliance with state environmental laws?
Does the county and the state employ properly trained personnel in these areas? Are we getting our money's worth?
Patrick Raimond, Port Richey