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Street honors hero whose life bettered America

Re: Others who helped everyone still get no street names, Jan. 25 letter.

Editor: The letter writer wrote, "They say Martin Luther King did good for a certain group of people."

I have always held the belief that the changes Dr. King fought for were equal rights and equal treatment for all Americans.

White America has benefited greatly from Dr. King's crusade for civil rights, including opportunities in the workplace, in residential neighborhoods and in society in general. Surely, no one wants to return to the days of Jim Crow and segregated restrooms, white-only drinking fountains, white-only theaters, hotels, restaurants and limited or nonexistent voting rights.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s courage and leadership changed America for the better and betterment of us all. He should be considered an American hero, not just a black hero.

Steve Spina, City Manager, Zephyrhills

Why can't developers

pay for growth's impact?

Re: Do what's best for the children, Jan. 14 letter.

Editor: I find it curious that letter writer did not identify herself as the wife of Ray Gadd, the school district's paid community liaison for the penny tax.

She also doesn't relate in her letter that seniors will again be forced to pay more taxes in order to accommodate the new growth if the sales tax rate is hiked 17 percent.

The writer refers to "the hostility and misinformation of the anti-penny tax crowd." Informing the public that there are other ways to raise revenue, such as having developers pay for the cost of growth, is not misinformation.

These are people who actually think for themselves, seek out the facts, want to understand them and tell the truth. They are not drones going along with what they're told to believe while reading propaganda pamphlets published with our tax dollars, which are being distributed throughout the schools.

Growth should pay for itself, not seniors and all other residents. Therefore, I will do what is best for my children, as well as the residents of my county, and vote against the tax hike.

Lou Ammiano, New Port Richey

Chances of receiving

bad medicine exist anywhere

Editor: I would like to know how U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite claims imported medicine cannot be sold because of safety issues and claims counterfeit drugs sold on the Internet are not regulated.

How about the druggist in Florida (I believe it was last year) who cut the medicine strength in half or even less? How was that regulated? What makes anyone think we're buying good medicine here in the United States?

My chances of getting bad medicine are the same whether from Canada or a crooked druggist in America.

Mary Voiles, New Port Richey

Stoop and pick up trash

for exercise, beautification

Editor: For those of you that have made that half-hearted New Year's resolution of taking off those extra pounds accumulated during the holidays, let me suggest the following.

Adopt a highway, road, street or wherever trash is noted and make it a daily, weekly or a monthly thing of picking up during your walk. In the armed forces, we use to call this "stoop and pick" and it was always amazing how clean all military establishments looked because of the keen interest each commanding officer took to pass inspection.

You will be surprised how much stooping and picking you do in a mile stretch all because of people out there who care less about how the road or streets look and throw garbage out the window of their vehicles. How easy it would be to have a container in the vehicle that can be emptied at home in their own garbage can.

The county is always looking for groups to adopt a highway. So, why not do something about this unsightly situation today: Carry a plastic bag in your pocket and be ready to stoop and pick. Not only will this benefit the beautification of Pasco County but it could benefit our health as well from the additional exercise.

Dave Meyers, Holiday

What are schoolkids

doing along U.S. 19?

Re: A second look, Jan. 24.

Editor: How many of us have witnessed this frightening event? A school bus stopped to pick up children along the busy U.S. 19 stretch in Hudson. The bus lights flash, cars screech to a halt, some fly past unable to stop in time, little children climb up the bus steps as their anxious parents hope and pray that an accident won't happen. Thank heavens cabdriver Gary Feifer wrote a letter to the editor about this horrible situation. To me, he is a hero. And thank heavens, the St. Petersburg Times printed a giant photo and an article on this.

Pasco County School District transportation director Mike Park knows about this. I see transportation dollars spent along this stretch of highway. Let's get some of these transportation dollars used to prevent an accident that should never happen. And let's do it quickly!

Esther Ayers, Hudson

Inept decisionmakers plan

bus stops, school sites

Re: A second look, Jan. 24.

Editor: It appears no one is willing to face one of the basic truths about our school system. Schools are and always have been staffed with dedicated, caring people who deserve more appreciation and remuneration than they receive. Regrettably, they work for an organization that seems inept and inconsiderate. Unfortunately, we, the citizens, are to blame, because we elected them.

Most of the daily exposure we get comes from our encounters with multiple school buses, like the ones blocking U.S. 19 instead of picking up their charges on a side street or in a parking lot (because the law gives them the authority to do it). We daily face buses racing through our residential neighborhood at 15 mph over the speed limit, (to teach their passengers respect for the law I presume). We are going to have to pay for a grade school in the center of seven senior communities, behind a church and two funeral homes, which means even more buses.

It would seem prudent to ask more of the people responsible for these decisions than to ask more from the people expected to pay for such inept administration.

R.H. Proctor, Port Richey

Penny for preservation

better idea than paving

Editor: I've seen several comments about how the county should use the proposed penny sales tax to pave dirt roads throughout the county. Although I sympathize with the challenges of living on a dirt road, I must ask: Did someone promise these folks who bought their homes on a dirt road that the county would pave their roads? Or did they choose to live on that dirt road?

Here's another thought: Developments follows roads. Before you all rush to pave your dirt roads, think about the huge chunk of land on your road that is waiting to sprout 60 or 150 or 300 homes as soon as it sees asphalt.

Instead of voting against the penny because it won't pave your dirt road, consider voting for the penny in order to preserve environmental lands. Then get to work finding out whether the open land along your quiet, country road can qualify to be preserved.

Betsy Davis, Wesley Chapel

Column on Bustopher

brings back memories

Re: Bustopher the cat.

Editor: I want to thank arts and entertainment editor Barbara L. Fredricksen for sharing the story of Bustopher. Ms. Fredricksen describes with eloquence the grief we animal lovers feel when we lose a beloved pet.

Her description of the pain she is experiencing from Bustopher's untimely death so closely mirrors the pain I felt last July when my beautiful Siamese cat, Kati, died of kidney failure at the age of 16.

It is comforting to know there are people out there who understand how much animals can be loved, and how much they are missed when they leave us. I hope this letter will give back to Ms. Fredricksen at least a small measure of the consolation she provided for me, and others like me.

I like to think that all the Bustophers and Katis are in a place where the window sills are always sunny.

Barbara B. Booker, Spring Hill

Educating the public

one way to bring change

Re: Letter writer out of line in pushing his agenda on the county majority, Jan. 27 letter.

Editor: I guess I'm included in playing the race card the writer describes in his blasting of a previous letter regarding racism in Pasco County.

If playing the race card means educating the public on diversity and tolerance issues whichever peaceful way I can, then I'm guilty too.

True, the Chasco Fiesta has been a tradition for 80 years and probably will be as long as the good old boys majority rules. Bucking the system is hard to do and has its problems and hazards. Recognizing racism's ugly head is one problem. Fear of retaliation is another problem.

Ruby Beaulieu, Port Richey