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Seminar plans were extravagant

Editor: Re: Seminar travel plans faulted, March 21 Times.

Superintendent John Sanders said that he knew of this so-called seminar in Nashville, Tenn., a long, long time ago, but that "sometimes things get on the board's agenda that I don't know about." Well, whoever rubber-stamped his name on the proposal should be given some time off without pay, because it is Sanders' job to put his signature on the proposal. This, supposedly, is what he's paid for.

Seven married couples? Can you believe it? These are so-called educated people; why would it take a husband and wife to understand what they are talking about?

All it takes is the superintendent, the school principal and one School Board member. No politicians or business people need to go.

Board member Sandra Nicholson is right; this is not supposed to be a vacation getaway. I think we should drop board member Jerry Milby from the list of attendees. He sounds like he's already got his bags packed and is counting the days to go.

Henry Novak

Spring Hill

Motor coach owners

were misrepresented

Editor: Re: Group opposes motor home rally, March 18 Times.

Dick Pritchard should get a few of his facts straight before making certain statements. Having been a Family Motor Coach Association member for years, I can assure him we're not all wealthy.

One of my hobbies is motor home camping, etc.; one of Mr. Pritchard's hobbies is radio-controlled model airplanes. Granted, as in all walks of life, some have more than others, but most in the FMCA are of average means. My coach, as the majority of others, cost less than many new cars, and I am on a fixed income.

Following his line of thought, I guess all radio-controlled airplane owners are wealthy, and could be paying something for the free use of county-owned property as a flying field, even though they have been doing it for years.

Charles E. Misamore

Spring Hill

Times should have

mentioned Beneke shows

Editor: On March 14, Hernando County was visited by a giant from the music world and the Times has not mentioned one word about this person. His name is Tex Beneke. He and his orchestra came to Weeki Wachee Springs for three performances.

There probably aren't too many people in the area who do not know this name. After all, he started playing the saxophone and singing in the Glen Miller Band in 1938.

His performance was superb, even at the age of 83. He doesn't play the sax anymore, but he did sing a few of his numbers. Who doesn't remember the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Got a Gal in Kalamazoo?

Even though the Times did not mention his performance, the people in attendance did, by giving him a standing ovation after every performance.

Many thanks to Weeki Wachee Springs for providing this series of three great entertainers during the past few months.

I hope the Times will not overlook it the next time there is a story to be written about happenings in in Hernando County.

James A. Gerrard

Spring Hill

Be cautious with private

sellers of cars

Editor: I was disturbed by the letter published recently by Joyce Whitley, the woman who wrote that she bought a car from a private seller who turned out not to be the owner and she was unable to get a clear title for the vehicle.

The tax office was correct: It is illegal to sell a car you don't own. This came into law last year, and it is a misdemeanor. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office should make a note of this.

You may legally sell a car you don't own if you are acting with the owner's power of attorney, or if you are a licensed dealer. But dealers may not sell a vehicle at a location other than their car lot.

Some dealers sell their license privileges to friends, and this is illegal unless the friend also is a paid employee of the dealership. Regardless, it is illegal to sell cars under a dealer's license away from a car lot.

So, beware of sellers who seem to have a different car for sale each week. You can bet the titles are not in their name.

To check the title of a car you are considering buying from a private seller you should ask to see the seller's identification and then compare it to the title. Get the title number and call the Department of Motor Vehicles or your tax collector. They can check for current title information, such as the legal owner, lien information and the latest odometer reading.

In many cases it is actually safer to buy a used car from a licensed dealer's lot. Dealers warranty all titles and can take care of any problems that might occur. Some dealers, in fact, are actually more honest and fair than those side-of-the-road salesmen.

Shelley Wiley, manager

White Horse Auto Brokers


Ad offers information

that's already free

Editor: An advertising supplement to the St. Petersburg Times on March 19 attempts to lure military veterans by offering free information on burials at a Veterans Administration national cemetery.

This same free information has always been available from my office (754-4033), by calling the VA regional office at (800) 827-1000, or through the Florida National Cemetery at (352) 793-7740.

Ken Wrinkle