Editor: I'll gladly trade portables with the one the lawmakers are looking at in Tallahassee. My "little red cracker box" has no bathroom, sink or water fountain. There is no running water to wash hands, clean up spills, water plants or use for painting. My classroom has no space. We get wet on rainy days. I hear that El Nino is bringing a wet, cold winter. I can't wait.
Schools are built to adequately house X amount of students. Students housed in portables overload the restrooms, lunchroom, media center and hallways. I'm told that my cracker box is safe. Would you feel safe in a room that can't have a TV mounted on the wall?
My students are getting an education, but the conditions could be a lot better. Let's show the real picture. I'll gladly trade any day.
Janet Scarbrough, Hudson Elementary School
Fasano praised for
pushing deputy union
Editor: Our group has not yet met with State Representative Mike Fasano to discuss this issue of a union for deputies. But, as for me and a few I talked to recently, we are pleased to see him take this position.
I personally am in favor of the working man having some protection from big business. I believe in unions, especially in today's times.
The people have a right to group together and have a strong voice in what happens to them, their families and their futures.
Yes, Mike, I'm glad we can agree on this issue. Good luck.
George Jandacka, Pasco chairman,
America First National Coalition
Fasano's idea sprouts
into "union' stink
Editor: Mike Fasano certainly knows how to plant a seed. He should consider farming when he gets out of politics. Notice how fast all the sprouts grew when he mentioned the word "union." I bet Fasano has a little backyard garden and grows a lot of garlic. He knows how to raise a lot of stink.
Rudy Sinkovich, New Port Richey
Pasco haunted house
is a monster success
Editor: Once again the residents of Land O'Lakes worked together to make Pasco Parks and Recreation's Haunted House a huge success. My grandson, Mickey, and I acted as guides Thursday night, and almost 500 people walked through the "doors of doom." It was a great night that brought young and old together for some fun and community service.
Big and little witches and warlocks did their best to hinder and hex our path through Scarewood Village. There are so many people to thank, but a special thank you must go to John Buckle, who helped with much of the construction.
The exuberance of our youths, who spent almost three hours jumping in and out of dark and demonic places, is to be applauded. The sets that were designed by local volunteers were outstanding, and Kurt Conover did his best to serve up tasty rat burgers and crunchy worms in his Horror Cafe. It was a great three days. Pasco has a top-notch recreation and volunteer staff, and they are all to be commended.
Thanks for sponsoring an event that allowed a grandmother to have fun with her grandchild and to show him that community service can be enjoyable. Bravo to all.
Pat Mulieri, Pasco County Commissioner
Halloween party provides
fun for kids, families
Editor: The ninth annual Halloween Party for the Handicapped (special children, young adults) and their families of Pasco and Hernando counties was a great success. Aripeka Elks 2520, in Hudson, provided this special evening for these beautiful children. This enables them to enjoy a safe trick or treat evening and receive candy, toys, food and door prizes. They were entertained with a sing-along provided by two of our members, Lloyd Hendel and Mark Nuzzo; face painting and balloon animals by Clown Clowners and Love a Clown; and also by McGruff from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Smokey the Bear from the U.S. Forest Service.
Now it is our turn to say thank you to all the merchants, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, the Aide Association for Lutherans Helping Hands, the news media and, last but not least, members of Aripeka Elks and the Ladies.
Mary Ann Steffes, publicity chairman,
We owe a debt to those
who made freedom possible
Editor: Nov. 11, Veterans Day, brings sad and thoughtful memories to many families who made the supreme sacrifice of losing a loved one in the conflicts since World War I. Let us not forget those who are still in hospitals or are on the outside carrying wounds and scars for their part in the fight for freedom. We owe a debt to those who made our precious liberty possible, and a tribute and prayer that should be carried throughout the year.
Many speeches and memorials will be spoken and written on Veterans Day. Some patriotic, some religious and, yes, some political _ all recalling and extolling the sacrifices made by some so others may live in freedom and peace.
Freedom is a precious asset, one we cannot take for granted or barter; many lives have been lost over it.
We must have the courage and fortitude to defend it and in so doing take stock of our freedoms and what they mean to us, and the sacrifices made by others. In these trying times, let us in our humble way ask that the good Lord guide us along the path of peace, tolerance and understanding.
So this peace can be forthcoming, as we remember those who have died, those still in hospitals, those still nursing wounds and scars and all who were part of the wars, let our fervent prayers be that it was not in vain and eternal peace is on the horizon.
William H. O'Neill, Holiday