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Look at self before judging others

Editor: I would like to commend Jan Glidewell on his Aug. 1 column, Event shows gay pride has made serious strides on Suncoast:

With so much hatred in our society, Glidewell stands forth in our community as a voice for common human decency.

As someone who was raised in a very bigoted environment, I soon learned that hatred itself was my own worst enemy. I now accept people for who they are regardless of what our so-called differences may be.

I would urge those with preconceived notions of what a human being should be to closely examine their own life. When you are critical of yourself, you tend not to be so judgmental of other people.

One of the great philosophers of our century, Martin Heidegger, pointed to the fact that persons who "care" find validity and meaning to their own individual existence.

I believe that the reason for so much hatred is that so many people just don't "care." I am glad Jan Glidewell does.

Gary Bogard


Big Brothers/Big Sisters

thanks tourney volunteers

Editor: On July 31, the community came together again for our children. On behalf of the children, staff and the advisory council of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hernando County, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated in the Hooters Inaugural Charity Golf Classic at Rivard Golf and Country Club.

This was our first tournament and the community gave generously in the form of corporate sponsors, hole sponsors, players and raffle prizes.

Special thanks to all who helped make the event a success. The players enjoyed the sounds of the Hernando County Jazz Society while having lunch. Special thanks to Michael, Lee and Steve Duxstad and the staff at Rivard. As a new advisory council member, Michael also worked very hard to obtain sponsors, contributions from the community and players for the tournament.

It was great working with someone who has such a passion and desire to make a real difference in the lives of children in Hernando County. We hope to see everyone again next year for another successful tournament. With your support, we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Hope Clancy

events coordinator

Leaving pet in car

is irresponsible action

Editor: On July 30 at about 4:30 p.m., upon returning to my car in the parking lot of Kash n' Karry on Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Boulevard, I saw a dog in a locked car. I went berserk. I screamed and another woman heard me, and we checked all the stores and finally found the owner. She didn't seem to think it was such a big deal. After all, she said, "the windows are cracked."

I told her she should sit in the car for only five minutes and feel how hot it gets. This heat kills and it doesn't take long to do so.

I just would like everyone reading this to pass it along to another person; you should leave your pets home in the air conditioning, or in a shady area outside with lots of water. Don't let your pet be the next to die of the heat.

Jeannie Bellm

Spring Hill

Good Government League

suggests outside audit

Editor: The Good Government League understands Ms. Rachael Rodriguez is going to submit a petition for a state audit of the county.

The GGL applauds Ms. Rachael Rodriguez and all of the signers of the petition for stepping forward as active citizens participating in county government.

The GGL would support an audit. However, we believe it would be better if a recognized auditing firm such as KPMG or Ernst and Young be commissioned to do the audit.

Ray Erickson, president

Good Government League, Inc.