Editor: It is awful and heart wrenching to see so many people embrace the idea of Wal-Mart moving to Holiday. These people are uneducated with facts about Wal-Mart. I, too, was one of these victims myself.
I could not believe the antipublic outcry when Wal-Mart was moving into a town. I could not understand why they did not want such an awesome store. After a while I started to investigate. I found Wal-Mart is deceiving, cunning and full of greed with their business practices. They don't care how they get the land. One local example: They are building a supercenter in Spring Hill on a bear preserve. This is not progress, this is destruction. As for supporters in Holiday, 6 miles is not a far drive to the next supercenter, so stop whining.
I do not live in Holiday, but I do not want to see county commissioners make a grave mistake they will greatly regret.
There are neighborhoods that border that property. Has anyone stopped to think how Wal-Mart (opened 24 hours) will affect these residents' living conditions?
Penelope Naman, Spring Hill
Wal-Mart should redevelop
a vacant strip mall site
Re: Thanks, Wal-Mart, for Holiday store, March 4 letter
Editor: The letter writer does not understand the traffic issue that faces Holiday. He may be correct about less traffic at Ridge Road and U.S. 19 or State Road 54 and Little Road. However, he is missing the key issue: more traffic in Holiday. Now you will be dealing with even greater traffic problems in front of your house. If driving 6 miles is such a problem in Holiday, then shop at a store closer to your homes.
Why would someone think their home value will increase? Before you get bit in the butt by this misconception, you should rethink and consider: Do people want to buy a property that has a lot of commercial traffic? You may think it will increase value, but it will actually decrease it and bring down your adjusted lifestyle with it.
I am a 20-something and do not embrace or even agree with progress when it is bothersome to people, wildlife and the environment in a negative way. Let Wal-Mart buy a vacant strip mall and reconstruct that existing property instead.
Youssef Yezzi, Holiday
Residents would benefit
if retail project proceeds
Editor: I read the letters people send in about the traffic problems at Ridge Road and U.S. 19, blaming them on Wal-Mart and not wanting a new Wal-Mart built in Bayonet Point. But they don't realize that they are the people in those cars at Ridge and 19. Also, if they built a Wal-Mart in Bayonet Point, it would reduce the amount of traffic at Ridge and 19 by letting them shop in their own town.
People have to realize it would be to their advantage to let that project continue. They also have to realize they can't stop economic growth and development. Florida is growing in population daily. If they don't like this, then perhaps they live in the wrong state.
Cliff Collins, Bayonet Point
Tax hike would make Pasco
like other high-tax counties
Editor: I am a member of the Republican Executive Committee, but I speak for myself here, and I am opposed to the proposed sales tax hike. Let's dissect the estimated $31.2-million that the hike may bring in: $14.04-million to the School Board, the same for the county and the rest to the cities. Everyone within the local governments and county governments is drumming this hike up, yet the GOP committee gets labeled as the "Bunting bandwagon."
Who's misguided? Like me, many people moved to Pasco for its small-town feel, but another reason is taxes lower than Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. What will then differentiate Pasco from those counties?
I know Republican Chairman Bill Bunting, and he has done a great job. I am proud to know he, like many others on the committee and in the county, stand up for what they believe.
The slippery slope dilemma applies in this case. Suppose the estimated sales tax revenue that would be raised doesn't cover all proposed projects. What will the county and municipalities do then?
Is that a viable scenario? Yes it is! Where does it end? What is the Pasco Economic Development Council doing to bring in businesses to keep people employed here in Pasco? Use the 6 percent sales tax to attract new customers to the county and new businesses as well.
All of you as voters should ask your elected officials what they intend to do with your money. I'm sure they'll tell you that they are planning to have workshops and discussions on how best to spend it, and I know they'll find ways to spend it. How about raising impact fees? Oh, those who are landowners would oppose another hike in impact fees, I guess.
With record-breaking numbers of building permits being issued, raising the impact fee would not be much of a problem. After all, how long will the building boom last, so why not take advantage of it while it's here?
Andrew Antolik, Wesley Chapel
Traffic from a new Wal-Mart
poses threat to residents
Editor: I am completely against any additional traffic being routed onto Beacon Woods Drive from the new Wal-Mart Supercenter. Traffic problems which will be created by the new store would be dangerous to our children as well as anyone using Beacon Woods Drive.
Even though the roads are owned by Pasco County, we the residents must pay for paving such roads. This store will be open 24 hours a day, which will cause much added traffic, noise and crime _ not only to Beacon Woods, but also on U.S. 19.
It has been estimated the new store will add 10,000 to 30,000 cars per day on the already congested U.S. 19.
J.T. Phillips, Bayonet Point
Bush is the wrong man
to solve education problem
Re: Floridians voted without thinking abouts costs, March 10 letter