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Complaints about private road only show selfishness

Re: Private roads mean just that, Jan. 7 letter.

Since purchasing and building my home in Riverside Village in 1985, I, too, have witnessed tremendous growth and development in the area, and lost many of the things that originally drew me to what at that time was the middle of nowhere: peace, quiet, light traffic and wildlife, to name a few.

The writer asks "What else can we do?" Perhaps thinking past her own selfishness and realizing her roads are not being used as a shortcut, but rather as a safety feature would be a starting point. Along with many of my neighbors, I would much prefer to exit my development directly via St. Lawrence and avoid the multiple stop signs, 20 mph speed limit signs and speed bumps posted along the private route. However, any attempt to head south on Little Road without the benefit of the traffic light at Villa Entrada is literally risking one's life. We have asked for a traffic signal at St. Lawrence and Little Road in the past, but to no avail.

Several years back the residents of Riverside Villas blockaded this same road, but were subsequently required by Pasco County to reopen it and allow access. Since this was well before the letter writer's relocation to the Villas five years ago, she may or may not know this is not a new issue. However, the county's action at that time speaks volumes.

Incidentally, can the writer honestly say she never uses the roads of Riverside Village and/or Heritage Lakes to avoid traffic on Little Road when heading north?

I also find it curious that until this past hurricane season destroyed it, the sign advertising Riverside Villas was posted at the entrance to Riverside Village at St. Lawrence and Little Road, rather than than at your exclusive Villa Entrada location.

How sad that the writer has no better use for her time. I'm sure that any of the local volunteer agencies could benefit from a few of the hours she spends counting vehicles passing her Villa per half hour.

Can't we all just get along?

Linda Hoobler, New Port Richey

Fasano saves day in cab dispute

Editor: Kudos to our state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, for helping one of his elderly constituents, 83-year-old Catherine Salamo, who was arrested for refusing to pay $117 for a cab ride from Tampa International Airport to her daughter's Port Richey home.

One call from the senator to Nancy Castellano, general manager of United Cab Co. in Tampa, and it's case closed.

It would be interesting to know the number of times Fasano has helped constituents over his tenure. I personally know it has been many. By the way, the average cost of all the cab companies for a 35-mile ride to Port Richey is $75.

William G. Quinn, Hudson

Cab ride's truth is in the middle

Editor: I read the Times account of the elderly cab rider who was charged the retail cab price for a ride when she thought she was going to be charged the wholesale shuttle price.

We can all come away with something to ponder in this article.

The elderly passenger was arrested for non-payment. Hurray for law-enforcement!

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, came to her aid. Hurray for Sen. Fasano and our elected officials.

The elderly passenger stood up for her rights even being arrested for non-payment. Hurray for the elderly.

The cab company dropped the charges against the elderly passenger seemingly not even charging the wholesale shuttle price. Hurray for United Cab Co..

I suspect the truth of this ride and its charges lies somewhere between truthful cab rider and preying cab driver. As was pointed out in the article, Greg Cox, executive director of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, said, "the truth is often somewhere in between the customer's account and the driver's recollection."

Michael Shu, Holiday