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Don't insult us: A tax is a tax, no matter the name

Editor: The commissioners have some nerve to try to put more taxes on us, especially when they just raised what they get from us from $420-million to $476-million. The Penny for Pasco sales tax scheme is outrageous.

Citizens won't be fooled no matter what the commissioners call it. We know a tax is a tax, and it is insulting for them to think we are so stupid we won't know what it is if they call it something else. We also know that although they might get more from tourists while they are here, we will be paying the tax every day, every time we buy anything, all year-round.

I also have serious questions about the legality of county commissioners using our tax money and county employees to promote the tax. At the very least, it is unethical to use our tax dollars to promote their tax-raising schemes. In 1998, the commissioners spent about $40,000 of our tax dollars to promote the (then) proposed constitutional amendment that the state should pay for the court systems.

Before they look to get more money out of us, they need to better use what they already have. They should follow Property Appraiser Mike Wells. He actually returns money to the County Commission budget each year.

I will fight this tax as I fought former Sheriff Cannon's tax in 1998. I know I am not the only one who will stand against it. It's a battle the county commissioners can count on.

Ann Bunting, Bayonet Point

It's time to take action

to make U.S. 19 safer

Editor: Lately we are reading about an increasing number of multiple-fatality traffic accidents on U.S. 19 in Pasco County. This alarming trend should send an urgent message to all law enforcement agencies in Pasco County that strong remedial action is in order.

Speeders, road ragers, tailgaters, red light runners and DUI motorists surely contribute to the mayhem that is taking place. Dangerous drivers should be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law. In fact, all high-accident areas should be targeted for special attention. Now is the time for law enforcement to take fair and firm action. One of the lives they save could be yours!

William A. Crutchfield, New Port Richey

Wal-Mart supercenter makes a great contribution to community

Editor: Why do you have to do such a negative article about Wal-Mart? There are so many positive things about having Wal-Mart in our community.

At the opening ceremonies Wal-Mart and Pepsi Corp. joined forces to donate $11,000 to organizations in our community. But did you print that? No. Did you even consider how many jobs have opened up in our community as a result of having a supercenter that has hired at least 350 people? How about neighbors who are less fortunate than some of us are and don't have vehicles to take them all over? They are now within walking distance to a great store that can supply them with their shopping needs. It is not like Wal-Mart is a new addition to our community that needs to adjust to acceptance within the community. It is an established business that has relocated with bigger and better shopping accommodations.

Did you ever think to interview some of the moms with small children, how they feel about having a one-stop shopping place to go to? Or the senior citizen who can't make too many stops because of aging or a disability and and now can get everything all in one place?

In your article, you have hit upon a couple of real crabby people, and hey, if they so choose, let them shop someplace else. It is entirely their loss!

Traffic is a little heavy at this time, as with any new business added to our community, but it will regulate itself.

I would appreciate you at least considering taking a different approach and look at the other side of things.

Sue Cappel, Port Richey

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