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Reuse grocery bags to sack recyclable goods

Editor: The recent letter about blue bags being hard to get is immaterial. What we need to do is get rid of blue bags altogether.

Here is how I resolved the problem: I replaced them with plastic bags that I get from the supermarkets and other stores. Once you bring the bags home with your groceries, they become waste or must be returned to the store for recycling. Most of us throw them in the garbage.

So why not use them for our recyclables? This way, everybody wins. We save money by not buying the blue bags and, last but not least, we don't add to the problem of waste by throwing them into the garbage. I'm sure most of us would agree with that.

Sonny Gibbons, Hudson

County's tired old image isn't

true reflection of Pasco's people

Editor: Recently a woman in a large retail store confidently told us that her store would never be open 24 hours a day, as many others in the chain are, because "Pasco is a retirement county with too many senior citizens."

Despite that woman's view of the county, it appears that the whole image of Pasco is being blown apart by something called "facts." The Oct. 26 edition of the Times revealed that not only do we have school overcrowding, we actually have 372 portable classrooms being used rather than the 330 previously reported.

This changes things radically. Instead of blaming retirees for all the traffic problems in the county, will we now shift to blaming all those darned people taking their kids to the overcrowded schools? And will we now say that the county is overburdened not because we have to take care of so many old folks, but rather that we must educate all of these kids?

Or how about this scenario? We are glad that we have a mixture of people of every age. We decide that this is not an old folks county nor a county overburdened by too many young folks. And we are glad to be living in a county that still has open spaces but is also enjoying growth.

That woman who spoke to us about the impossibility of her store ever being open 24 hours a day just might be surprised that people, both old and young, may just prove that this is a 24-hour-a-day county just like our bigger, more crowded brethren. And then maybe we can finally put aside these phony generational wars and just enjoy living in a vital place that welcomes everyone.

Douglas Spangler, New Port Richey

The harder it is to recycle,

the less likely people will

Editor: The article about less and less garbage being recycled is typical of how our local government thinks and responds to the needs of the people.

The article complains that people are not recycling as needed. Why? Perhaps the system in use is plain no good.

Did anyone in our great local government ever consider using a different system to encourage people to recycle?

As an example, how about providing each household a plastic container that would be picked up once a week and would contain the plastic, glass, metal and newspapers that can be recycled?

If you require the individual to sort garbage, it will not work. Let the contractor do the sorting. Most successful programs follow this method. Will it cost more? Most likely, but the local government might not have to refund $429,000 to the state if it was in use.

My observation is that if you do not make it convenient for people to recycle, they will not.

Think. Will it be more cost effective to make recycling more convenient or to hire garbage cops to sort through smelly garbage to find a can or bottle?

I suspect Pasco will go for the garbage cops.

William C. Grau, New Port Richey

When road etiquette is lacking,

rage is an obvious response

Editor: I read the story about the person being slapped in the face in an incident of road rage on U.S. 19.

I am a frequent commuter on U.S. 19 and take my driving seriously. Although I don't condone violence, on many occasions I have been tempted to do more than just honk my horn when a driver doing 25 mph cuts in front of me when I am driving 45 mph

I think we should look at the root cause of road rage. I once saw a bumper sticker that read: "Slow drivers in the fast lane cause road rage."

Mel Abrahams, Bayonet Point

Surgeon works to repair heart,

earns a special place in it

Editor: Dr. Michael Wahl is a compassionate person.

I am 85 years old and had a heart problem and needed heart surgery. My family doctor suggested Dr. Wahl to do the surgery.

On Aug. 7, 1997, Dr. Wahl performed a five bypass surgery, which was successful. He came to see me daily and as early as 5:30 a.m. He informed me that I would need a pacemaker, which I agreed to. In a couple of days, he performed this operation also.

I have only the highest regard for Dr. Wahl. He was very kind to me and my wife and family. He takes his profession seriously and with integrity. God bless Dr. Michael Wahl.

John Senak, Port Richey