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County made the right decision to pave Hudson roads

Editor: I am tired of hearing about people comlaining about the poor planning measures of Pasco County. I think Pasco County made the right decision in spending the money to pave Denton Avenue and Peace Boulevard.

First of all, by paving these roads it might help save the lives of the children who wait for the school buses on these extremely dusty roads. The dust at times is so thick that if another car passes you going the opposite direction you have to stop and wait for the dust to settle in order to see if another car is coming before you can make a turn onto another street. In the meantime, you are stopped in the middle of a thick cloud of dust hoping that whoever is behind you can make out your brake lights and keep from plowing into the back of your own vehicle.

Just imagine children waiting out on the corners of these dangerous roads waiting for the school buses. In reality, by paving Denton Avenue and Peace Boulevard, it will help alleviate some of the traffic on County Line Road.

The Denton Avenue and Peace Boulevard area is slowly becoming more developed, with some beautiful new homes being built. Paving these roads will not only help keep the dust from settling in the homeowners' homes and lungs, but will also save money for Pasco County over the years since it won't have to grade these roads after every rainstorm. Parents will be able to safely get their children to the athletic field to take part in their favorite sports.

I am sorry, but those of you who are whining about problems with County Line Road should take a ride down Denton Avenue and Peace Boulevard and experience the thrill of the ride for yourselves, and then you will understand why Pasco County made the smart decision in paving Denton Avenue and Peace Boulevard.

J. Roberts, Hudson

Swiftmud ought to have power to act

Editor: I've had the opportunity to attend some Swiftmud seminars for about eight years. At almost every meeting the speaker would always mention to the effect that, "The ultimate solution to the water problems are the installation of desalination plants at the troubled areas, and that these plants have proved their worth in many areas of the United State and the world."

Swiftmud is an expensive bureaucracy, but with very restricted powers.

Why have not the county politicians of today and yesteryear taken their advice instead of hiring water war lawyers and spending millions of dollars to no avail? (Doesn't this make a taxpayer think?)

One Swiftmud member commented to me once to the effect, "If they did what we want them to do, then ultimately I may not have a job."

The Tampa/Clearwater area is hurting the most, but unfortunately their pumping may be hurting Pasco even more.

From these Swiftmud seminars I comprehended that the desalination plants should be, or have been built at the water shortage locations, but I suppose this might have been a too-logical solution.

This problem should not or even now have been a county politician problem, but Swiftmud should have had the legal power to have made this happen 10 years ago.

They knew it, logical people knew it, but many wasted dollars had to be spent, but wait, this still may not be done.

Murray Guttman, Port Richey

Theater reviewer's a pro _ listen to her

Editor: I disagree with Frank Marino's April 28 letter to the editor, which objected to Arts and Entertainment Editor Barbara Fredricksen's theater reviews.

Ms. Fredricksen is an experienced professional whose reviews have always been fair and objective. Why should she write a glowing review of a performance that obviously does not deserve it?

Those who read her columns consistently can see that she gives praise more frequently than not. I would not want to see a performance unless I could be sure it would not be a waste of my time and money.

In choosing whether to believe Mr. Marino's perceptions or Ms. Fredricksen's review, I'll take the professional.

Barry Sleesman, Spring Hill