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Full-service schools have much to offer Pasco

Editor: Full-service schools are good for children and their families. Full-service schools in Pasco County will not "subject" children to anything. These are not secret Nazi experimentation labs.

Full-service schools provide children with a broad array of services often including medical, academic and counseling services. Furthermore, you have been told that a very detailed consent form must be signed before your child is provided services. This protects your right as a parent to direct your child's life.

If you are inclined to believe these services should not be offered on a school campus, then oppose them, but first you should at least talk to someone who has used these services. I think that you will find that parents feel fortunate that these services are available.

We don't pass out condoms or engage in invasive medical practices. If you are concerned about the services, take the time to visit one of our full-service schools. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Full-service schools are nothing devious and will do no harm to the national fabric. Quite the contrary.

Ray E. Gadd, Lutz

New high school worth extra penny

Editor: I have just recently moved to Pasco and was initially very pleased with what I perceived was a strong commitment to public schools. We located in the Trinity area in large part because of the new Seven Springs Middle School. We had heard that a high school would shortly be built also on the same campus.

I have now been informed that the high school may never be built. Evidently a penny sales tax increase was voted down last year. An analysis of the balloting showed that the naysayers were overwhelmingly senior citizens. While I can understand their reticence to increase taxes, I wonder whether they have taken into account the long-term effects of such a position.

The future economic viability of any community is directly dependent on maintaining its tax base. In large part, the tax base is supported by businesses. Most business people have children who must attend schools. If the quality of education is inferior, existing businesses will move away and new businesses will go somewhere else. The quality of education is directly influenced by class size and infrastructure (buildings, equipment, etc.).

The Trinity area continues to grow rapidly. The School Board forecasted the need for the middle school and its opening in the fall will relieve the congestion at River Ridge. If the high school is not started immediately, the increasing population of Seven Springs Middle will severely and negatively impact River Ridge in a couple of years, since the majority of the student body will go there. The remainder will be directed to Gulf, an older facility with infrastructure limitations.

This is an election year. We can bring this back for another vote. Our seniors can re-evaluate their short-term position. There are some very large issues looming in the near future apart from education. All of us should welcome growth of the tax base, because the cost of solving problems such as storm water runoff, the water supply, roads and other infrastructure issues will truly be staggering. The only way to sustain our standard of living is to increase the tax base.

Put the Seven Springs High School on the ballot in November and vote yes for the penny sales tax. We absolutely need this school.

Michael Green, New Port Richey

In defense of Pasco Computer

Editor: I was searching to upgrade my computer. I drove by Pasco Computer and I decided to stop in. I spoke with a jovial fellow by the name of Steve, who despite being quite inundated with customers, took the time to talk to me about what I wanted and what the prices were. I found the prices to be surprisingly reasonable, and he explained to me in detail how he figures the pricing.

I decided to have my computer upgraded at his shop. He did not charge me for labor, and when he was out of the parts he quoted for me, he instead installed a higher quality item. Any minor problems I have had since then, even those that are not due to his workmanship, he fixed and/or replaced at absolutely no charge. Most computer stores charge $30 to $40 just to look at a customer's computer.

I was aghast to discover the one-sided article written by the Times on July 21 regarding this business. The article was based on hearsay and circumstantial evidence, and was heavily biased and obstinate. The fact that a past crime committed when the owner was 17 years old was mentioned in the article is nothing short of libel. There was very little stated in the article about positive situations such as mine and the majority of customers that trust Pasco Computer.

I had considered the Times to be a highly respectable newspaper, but given this incident of abusive yellow journalism as well as others within recent months, I have lost much respect for the paper and its staff.

I sincerely hope that the Times will refrain from this tabloid journalism and return to the high quality reporting to which citizens such as I am accustomed. The paper is running the risk of losing a damaging litigation battle, and worst of all, the honor and respect of its readers.

I hope that I will not read such degrading and debasing rubbish from this paper in the future.

Steven G. Silver, Port Richey

Editor: This letter is in support of Steve Ivester, owner of Pasco Computer. I have done business with Pasco Computer the last couple of years and I have been treated fairly by Mr. Ivester.

I am a shopper and am always looking for good deals, and Pasco Computer is the best deal in the bay area. I would not hesitate to send any of my computer friends there for a computer. My son and wife recently purchased computers from them and are very satisfied.

The article in the July 21 Pasco Times is unfair and condemns a Pasco businessman on a few complaints, of which I guess in the computer business there are many.

I surely hope that your article does not hurt Pasco Computer to function, and what does Mr. Ivester's juvenile record have to do with computers. He paid his debt to society and that should end it there.

Anthony J. Berardo, Port Richey

Prioritize drug investigations

Editor: Congratulations, Sheriff Cannon. It only took you 3{ years to discover a major drug problem in the Pine Hill area. Any law enforcement officer worth his salt knows that are has been a cesspool of drug activity for years.

Congratulations should also go to your elite vice and narcotics unit, under the leadership of Captain Godwin, for the numerous long-term undercover investigations of clubs and massage parlors in Pasco County.

As a retired law enforcement officer with 34 years' experience, I was never afforded the luxury of a four-month investigation that netted only minor misdemeanor charges.

This should not be interpreted as an effort to diminish the seriousness of any vice activities; however, drug investigations should have been prioritized.

James M. Levins, Holiday

Don't kill pets who have homes

Editor: After reading the article regarding the family in Port Richey who had their dog put to sleep by Animal Control, I was outraged.

Because of $67, a pet's life was disposable. They knowingly put an animal to sleep that had a home waiting for it.

Each year, this country kills thousands of unwanted cats and dogs, mainly because of the ignorance of people who don't get their pets spayed or neutered.

Putting to death an animal that is healthy and has a home is an intolerable act by Animal Control and they should be ashamed.

S. Squires, Port Richey

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