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Fasano chose to ignore stigma

Editor: Yes, Mike Fasano can deliver! We would compare him to John F. Kennedy. He is a true credit to mankind and has renewed our confidence and respect for the political profession. We visualize the signing of the Declaration of Independence, quill in hand, where we think of all our responsibilities to our democracy _ to our people, for the people.

Too many people find it easy to sit back and let the system rule and not take a stand. We commend his assertiveness for taking a stand, as Kennedy did, against a minority, controversial opinion/attitude of our society. It is easier to play politics with safer, more conventional causes.

Alcoholism/addiction is a disease that afflicts an extremely high percentage of our society, not to overlook the significant others that are affected by that disease, yet we choose to ignore it. It's easier to push it aside as a weakness. But we would never do that to someone with other diseases, even AIDS, which we've poured millions of dollars into because of the support/fear/publicity.

Fasano ignored the stigma attached to this controversial issue and chose to help a very ill man get the treatment he had begged for but was too proud to submit to for years.

Mike, we applaud you and thank you from the deepest parts of our hearts for your help.

Jane Wilson, teacher, pregnant teens

and teens with children, New Port Richey

Thanks, Chasco Fiesta musicians

Editor: We would like to thank some very outstanding musicians for their part in the success of the Chasco Fiesta this year. Hundreds of people came to Sims Park on Saturday to enjoy exceptional music by T. C. Carr and The Catch, Sarasota Slim and the Rhythm Revue, all of whom did a fabulous job. Their professionalism and enthusiasm were infectious, and they most certainly helped to bring in the thousands of dollars that will go to the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Clinic and All Children's Hospital, as well as other charities.

T. C. Carr and The Catch will return to the Port Richey area April 27 to lend their talents to the "Catch a Rising Star" Scholarship Fund Concert at River Ridge Performing Arts Center. It has been and remains an honor and a privilege for us to work with musicians of such a high caliber and to continue to help bring great music to Pasco County.

Jim and Karen "Rose" Wilcox, Port Richey

Youths must learn about choices

Editor: This letter is in regard to a young man who was arrested recently on drug charges, $1-million worth of cocaine. Naturally, I was appalled and quite surprised when the other day I saw him out and about. What is this teaching our society, or better yet, our youth? That there are no consequences for our actions? The youth of today's society, particularly in this community, need to learn awareness. They need to be taught what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, and that amoral acts, such as drugs, will not be tolerated. Most importantly, these youths need to know they always have a choice; and for every choice or action there is a consequence.

Teresa Kerry, Hudson

Something for the whole family

Editor: My family attended the Sons of Italy St. Joseph Feast in Spring Hill. For an admission price of $1 each we were treated to a wonderful array of free entertainment. The food, rides and games were all reasonably priced.

On our first day, we listened to "The Italians Are Coming." If you closed your eyes, you would have thought Frank, Dean and Perry were on stage. The woman impersonator doing Phyllis Diller was very funny. We all had such an enjoyable time that we went again the next day. The entertainment again was excellent. Krista Marie sang her fabulous songs. There also was a sensational 12-year-old singer named Kelly Trapeo who put on quite a show by herself. She was followed by her older sister, who also had a top-notch voice.

We look forward to next year, except that we will attend all three days. Where else can a family go for so little money and have a wonderful time? There was something for every member of the family.

Michelle Salerno, New Port Richey

Getting mixed signals on car sale

Editor: I moved to Florida about two weeks ago and used my savings to buy a car. I went to the tag office to get it tagged or titled because the man who sold me the car was not the owner. The tax collector said it was illegal for him to sell the car. The Sheriff's Office said it was legal. Who is right?

This car has been sold three times without being transferred to anyone. That's about $100 on this one car that the state of Florida hasn't received, and if 1,000 people do this, the state just lost $100,000 on taxes on cars. So, naturally, taxes go up again. To make a long story short, I have a car that I can't drive, and the state is out more taxes. The reason I am putting this in the paper is I don't know where to turn. The tax collector can't help, the Sheriff's Office won't help and the lawyers want money.

Come to find out, I paid $600 for a car the man got out of the wrecking yard. Where have all the honest people gone?

Joyce Whitley, Brooksville