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Crash blinds letter writer to deputy's character

Re: Don't forget role deputies had in wreck, Jan. 7 letter

Editor: I wish to respond to the Fresno, Calif., writer's attempt to understand the incident involving two Pasco County's sheriff's deputies injured in a Jan. 4 accident.

All the writer sees is three 20-year-olds were hit by a speeding officer who wasn't wearing a seat belt. But here's what he should see.

Deputy Ken Petrillo figured out how life works. How do I know? Because I grew up with him, and I watched him figure out that he needed to take responsibility in life. Ken graduated from college and the police academy and decided to honorably follow in his father's footsteps.

He married a wonderful woman and became a stepfather to her son, volunteered his time to his community as a canine officer and found the time for his wife and him to raise a young daughter together as a family.

I'll bet my friend had a good reason why his seat belt wasn't on. Maybe because he had just gotten back into his squad car seconds earlier and was about to click it in.

Yet that is where the so-called innocent 20-year-olds came into the picture. They didn't yield. They admitted to partying that night. They did not have the right of way.

Maybe I'm too partial, because my friend was the victim of stupidity. I've learned to admit my own faults in my own 31 years of existence.

But it's time the writer figured out how important it is to have officers like Deputies Petrillo and Ferro to serve and protect.

Chris Goltermann, Newnan, Ga.

Seat belts didn't cause crash,

reckless driving did

Re: Don't forget role deputies had in wreck, Jan. 7 letter

Editor: It is the thinking of the letter writer and those like him that leads to the decay of society as we know it. He tries to make people believe that just because the deputies were not wearing seat belts led to the whole chase and crash. As if the deputies have nothing better to do.

We do not need to know the personal history of the deputies involved. We did know they made a mistake by not wearing seat belts, a mistake I'm sure they will never make again.

Did the writer not understand the so-called innocent victims had refused to yield to the police?

Ron Taylor, New Port Richey

Mourning mother sees

the heart, not the outfits

Re: Proper attire at funerals does not include flip-flops, Jan. 6 letter,

Dressing properly must become part of curriculum, Jan. 7 letter

Editor: I knew when I attended my son's funeral in a yellow dress there would be comments and I didn't care.

There was special meaning in it and that's all that mattered. I didn't care what people wore to his funeral as long as they were there. Surrounded by people in flip-flops or alone to grieve your child? You choose.

It's attitudes like the first letter writer's _ stuffy, ungiving and unbending _ that are hurtful. As long as people come with love and respect I wouldn't care if they come in pajamas. Makes you sick, you say? Try burying a child!

And as for the second writer who complained about school dress code, flip-flops are not allowed in school during school hours. Check with your local school board office or go online.

Sharon Schuster, Holiday

Seven Springs speeding more

problematic than Aloha

Editor: I have heard enough about Aloha. I have lived in the same house off Seven Springs Boulevard for 21 years. I have never had a single problem with this company or its water.

I believe that the retirees in the Seven Springs area complaining about the quality of their water. Do you people have nothing better to do with your time?

Not a single person came to my house asking me to sign a petition. I would bet that if you came around with two different petitions, one to put a stop to the Interstate-like traffic and speeding problems on Seven Springs Boulevard and another for Aloha's quality of water, most people would sign the traffic and speeding petition.

Chris McDaniels, New Port Richey

Harbor View Mobile Home Park

residents need our help

Editor: I am a senior citizen who lives in New Port Richey and my heart goes out to the seniors who live in Harbor View Mobile Home Park. It is a shame that the two new owners are asking for a 40 percent increase in rent from these seniors many of whom are having a hard time surviving now.

Isn't there some one or an organization out there that can help them? Many of them have no other place to go or stay. We should try to help these people in every way because it could happen to you, too.

Jerry Sommer, New Port Richey

Single mom has surgery, so who

takes the kids to school?

Editor: It has come to my attention recently that if you are a single parent in Pasco and you need to have surgery that might hinder you from transporting your child to school or a school bus stop, you could be in trouble and so could your child's education.

A friend of mine just had a very necessary surgery that will put her out of the driver's seat for four to six weeks or longer. She is a single mom of four and her youngest is 6 and needs a ride to school in the mornings.

So I called the school to see if there was any way for her to receive help and the response was no. My friend who is still in the hospital not only has to worry about getting well to take care of her family, but also the dilemma of how to get her youngest to school in the mornings.

How should she handle it? Friends or neighbors, you might think? They work or have families of their own and might be able here and there.

I was told they supply a bus for transportation, but this child's bus stop is over a block away and on a major road . Am I the only one that sees a problem here considering the mother won't be able to walk that far and a 6-year-old has no business walking it alone near busy roads.

What does a parent do?

Jamie Van Beek, Holiday

If road is indeed a private one,

charge nonresidents a toll

Re: Private roads mean just that: They're private, Jan. 7 letter

Editor: I have a suggestion. Because it is considered a private road, you might want to inquire with the county about how private this road really is. If it is indeed a private road, it would stand to reason that your community could put up a toll booth and charge a toll fee to nonneighborhood residents using the road. Maybe give a pass card to each resident to use in lieu of the toll.

Just a thought and it might bring in some income to be used for the upkeep of the road.

Kerry Brannen, Tarpon Springs