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Don't turn finance director's resignation into witch hunt

Published Oct. 12, 1997|Updated Oct. 2, 2005

Editor: I believe editor Greg Hamilton was completely off the mark in his Oct. 5 article about the resignation of the Citrus County School District's finance director.

Hamilton implies that because Walt Pierce resigned due to unknown personal problems, that alone justifies investigating his personal finances for the public good. How could the public good be served by this action?

Mr. Pierce resigned and gave up a good salary rather than go through a public ordeal. By all accounts, he did an excellent job as finance director, and his was not an elective position, even if he dealt with public money.

If you investigate a finance director who (allegedly) has personal financial problems, are you next going to investigate teachers who have trouble teaching their own kids their ABCs? Doctors whose spouses and children get sick?

Can we not simply acknowledge that Mr. Pierce made the best decision for all involved rather than assuming that because he has something to hide we deserve to know about it? This Salem-witchcraft-trial mentality of some press members has to stop somewhere. Let it be here.

John J. Wall

Central Florida Community College

Sail that casino boat operation out of our crystal clear waters

Editor: Re: the casino boat operation on the Crystal River:

Sail with the tides? What a joke! These asphalt-living people at SunCruz are living in a silt-filled dream.

We who have come here are very happy with the crystal clear waters this town was founded on. Take your big-money attorney and Clearwater crew and go elsewhere.

Use the barge canal and leave our lovely city alone.

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Thomas W. Kirk, Crystal River

Cooperation and input needed to preserve Crystal River

Editor: By letter, state Rep. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, asks the citizens of Citrus County to believe the unbelievable.

With an Alice-in-Wonderland flair, Argenziano takes the readers on a tour from the Crystal River to Lake Rousseau and back. During the tour, Argenziano chatters constantly of her displeasure with the state Department of Environmental Protection and citizens who are concerned with degradation of the environment. Arriving back in the Crystal River, she says she wants the DEP to render the same scrutiny to "Bob the recreational fisherman, Joe the crabber, Sheila the snorkeler, and the ski-boat kids" as they are to a 98-foot boat with a 363-ton gross ITC. Such categorization seems to qualify for Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and it may well be offensive to "Sheila the snorkeler."

Argenziano labels those concerned with the preservation of the Crystal River as a "single interest group with a political agenda." This definition would seem to more accurately define a politician aiding a campaign contributor.

Argenziano refers to her "first-hand knowledge of the attitude of the DEP." However, the only sources of information she refers to are Ulysses S. Grant and a local reporter. Hardly what one might expect of a local state representative.

The Crystal River is an important and vital link in our ecosystem. Its protection and preservation by the DEP can only happen with cooperation and input from concerned citizens. Argenziano labels these citizens as "those who pop up at the opportunistic and self-interested occasions."

Rep. Argenziano, if your letter is reflective of your concern for and knowledge of marine ecology and large boats, you are off course. So far, you haven't demonstrated that you know the difference between an organism and the poop-deck.

Earnest Olsen, Crystal River

A heartfelt thanks to all who helped Save Our Waters Week

Editor: As co-chairman of the Citrus 20/20 Inc. Save Our Waters Week ad hoc coordinating committee, I want to extend my deep appreciation to the committee's members and the many individuals and organizations that made the second annual Save Our Waters Week, Sept. 20-27, a success.

This year's Save Our Waters Week was truly a cooperative endeavor with many parties working together to accomplish the goal of preserving our treasured waters. The continuing partnership among Citrus 20/20, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud), Citrus County government and the many volunteers was instrumental to the successful implementation of the week's efforts, which were aimed at fostering public awareness and education about the challenges and alternatives relative to our county's waters.

Curt Ebitz, Homosassa

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