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Here's a sign of region's water woes

Editor: A marvelous Rush Limbaugh-like logic editorial regarding the Pasco County Commission's use of signs to recognize native sons (and in the future, daughters).

I would like to add one sign to this tally that can be seen daily on a well-maintained, county-maintained roadside. It is at the end of my driveway. This 2- by 8-foot sign has been there since July 4, 1994. Mind you, it has nothing to do with sports legends or singing duos but with a native Florida family with roots tied to two brothers who settled in the state 150 years ago.

Like the Battersbys, this Pasco family has played before government and governmental agencies and has even shared the state with many elected officials. There is even video to confirm the claims. The sign proclaims, "Well is dry/W.C. won't drill."

This simplistic sign, which is occasionally used as a landmark by many ("Are you before or after the "well is dry' sign?") will remain ad infinitum to remind North Central Pasco County residents with dried-up private wells of that dark period in the summer of 1994 when we were at the mercy of the overpumping by the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority's Cross Bar Well Field.

I believe the small 2-by-8 sign truly commemorates and overrides any sporting and singing of any person ever to bring infamy to Pasco County.

Betty S. Tillis

Spring Hill

In fairy-tale world, commissioners

would listen to county taxpayers

Editor: Once upon a time in a fairy tale there were five county commissioners who answered to their constituents, the taxpayers and not the builders. Then adequate drainage was provided to prevent disasters from flooding, hard rains and hurricanes. But some commissioners found that they didn't have to do this. Their constituents, the taxpayers, were apathetic, while the builders were very interested and gave them campaign contributions, other perks that were considered legal.

We occasionally will have a Pat Mulieri who tries, but with four others, it is difficult _ or an Ann Hildebrand who gives it a go, but again this is not enough. Then there is Mr. Naysayer, and we all know who that is. Did I say Pasco County Commissioner Ed Collins? And he's against anything that may benefit the poor, lowly taxpayer.

It will come to pass, this land will flourish someday with builders who adhere to codes that may cost them a pittance alongside their profits, and these same commissioners will say, "Enough, ye builders. We owe our efforts to our citizens. We will protect them, no matter how many dollars in contributions we are foregoing." Ah, a breath of government, of, by and for the people. Is that a fairy tale? Please don't wake me up.

Lilyan V. Dayton

New Port Richey

Breastfeeding counselors deserve

recognition for volunteer work

Editor: I would just like to acknowledge publicly a wonderful volunteer program in Pasco County that gets very little recognition. The Pasco County Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program has numerous women who volunteer their time to provide information and support to mothers who are breastfeeding.

All of the peer counselors have breastfed at least one child for six months or longer and have gone through a training program designed by Le Leche League and sponsored by the Pasco County Health Department, WIC/Nutrition division.

These women spend many hours keeping themselves informed of the most up-to-date research on breastfeeding so that they can supply accurate information. They use their personal experiences to help women through difficult times.

The peer counselors volunteer to provide services because they know how limited breastfeeding information and support are in Pasco County. They also know how frustrating it is to need help and not know where to get it, or to be told to "just give the baby a bottle of formula."

Judy W. Cooper

Prohibiting fishing doesn't serve

interests of all canal users

Editor: I am writing pertaining to the "No Fishing" signs at the Hudson Beach canal. People have been fishing there for years, up until sometime last year when the people across the canal decided they wanted to put in a pool and don't want any more fishing done there except for themselves.

I talked to Mike Smith at the Parks and Recreation Department. He said his people had to go across the canal and get hundreds of lures and weights from the people's yards and their screened porches. Someone would have to be throwing mighty hard to hang a lure or weight there.

I told Mr. Smith that it is not fair to the public. Why can't the people put up a wooden fence if they don't want to see people out there fishing? Mr. Smith said why should these people have to cut themselves off from the water? Well, why should the people who like to go there fishing have to be cut off? He also said that is what the county decided to do. We need county commissioners that will work for all of the people and not for just some of the people.

Thelma Henry, Hudson