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After mobile homes, could your home be next?

Re: Displaced mobile home residents will need help, Feb. 19 editorial:

I cannot thank you enough. What was said needed to be said to open the eyes of government, developers and the people.

How can anyone come in and take what belongs to others? Simply offering $1,000 for single-wide mobile homes and $2,000for double-wide mobile homes knowing well that person paid way more than that for their homes. It's called greed.

Like myself, many people are totally disabled. They put all they had into purchasing their homes. For what? Just to have the government and developers steal from them.

I thought after several heart surgeries and being ill, well at least I have a roof over my head. It's paid for. I live in a lovely mobile home park with beautiful friends and great people. No one can take it from me. What was I thinking?

Now I fear. Where will I go? What will I do? How can I afford to buy another place without getting a fair price value for what I paid? Who knows who could be the next target? Will it be mobile homes, maybe homes? Who will be next? You? Think about it.

Lindy Berry, Holiday

Mobile home owners pay way

Re: Why must park owner pay when it's his property? Feb. 22 letter

The letter writer can go live in a tent. He doesn't know a thing.

Mobile homes are safe and better kept up than most homes in Florida. And we pay our way. We don't live for nothing. Maybe you do.

Stuart Parker, New Port Richey

Let's give kids something to do

I recently was in Dade City walking with my four kids. They noticed a group of teenagers riding on skateboards and bikes. We struck up a conversation. I would say there were 32 kids in all. As we talked about skates, etc., I told the kids about the state trail in Trilby and then they started telling me that they have nothing to do in and around Dade City.

It brought back something to me that I use to say often. There is nothing to do here. I told them that I have tried to bring wholesome family activities to our area and will continue to encourage local, city, county, and state government.

What strikes me, and should do the same for you, is that they expressed they don't drink, smoke or do drugs. They just want a skate park, full-service YMCA or movie theater like Zephyrhills has.

I told the kids to get me 100 or more teenagers and we will pack city and county board meetings. Anyone want to help our kids who deserve better? This is our future. Scotty's building in Dade City would be a great start. I envision basketball, racquetball, game rooms and a movie theater all in one place.

We have the greatest festivals, car shows, etc., but now is the time to show the world we welcome younger families to our community. The stigma that we are a retirement community needs to change or we will never grow a decent tax-base to support any services.

Denny S. Mihalinec, Trilby

Pass word on pellet gun safety

As I traveled southbound on Little Road between Massachusetts Avenue and Plathe Road at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, my passenger window was struck by what I think was a pellet from a pellet gun. It shattered the glass. If I had had the window open I would have been struck in my head. Need I say more?

If it was an adult or a child, please warn this person the seriousness of shooting at passing cars.

I made a police report and this is now under investigation.

Don Konrad, New Port Richey

Take care with real estate agent

This is to remind people that when you are house-hunting, be very careful of the real estate agent you choose.

I selected as a real estate agent a person I have known for more than 15 years and presumed that she had my best interest in mind. It started when one of her associates said they would get the house inspector for me since he had worked for them before. I took her word that he was good.

The list of repairs that had to be made before I bought the house looked bad, but I was assured that $500 would cover everything.

There was nothing on the repair list that said the air conditioner/heat pump was thick with mold, as were the ducts. I found out when, on the first really cold night, the heat wouldn't work properly. On the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), the seller said the air conditioner was only 5 years old. When the repairman looked at the compressor, it said 1994.

Of course, I had to replace everything except the compressor to the tune of $4,500 and, of course, the agent is denying that she even hired the inspector and that anything was done improperly.

Discretion being the better part of valor, I will not give the real estate agent's name. However, if anyone is afraid of getting ripped off, contact me for the name of one real estate agent who cannot be trusted.

On top of everything else, this woman knew I am a senior citizen and a service-connected disabled veteran.

Kathryn Robinson, New Port Richey

Poor customer service spoils job

I'd like to know what happened to common sense and treating a customer respectfully. Since moving here last year, we have contacted several outfits to do various improvements to our home. Is it too much to ask someone to bring drop cloths? Brand new carpeting deserves better treatment than having men with work boots trod on them uncovered.

Here's a novel idea: Instead of leaving a monstrous compressor, tool boxes and saws on my brand new ceramic tile in the dining room, put it back in the truck at night. I promise you I'll let you bring it all back inside the next day. And please, don't put your tools on my brand new washers and dryer without laying a towel down first. If I wanted dents and scratches I'd have gone to an outlet store and bought appliances in that condition.

Will I recommend these companies? I don't think so. Customer service is very important. Treating their customers and their property as if it's their own is also very important. If you do good work and treat me decently, I will bend over backward to recommend you.

L.G. Brusco, New Port Richey

Carrying flame joy of a lifetime

With the Winter Olympics upon us, I can't help to reflect back on my Olympic experience four years ago. For those of you who do not remember, I had the privilege of carrying the Olympic flame on its way to Sal Lake City. Having no children of my own, it was probably the proudest moment of my life.

I have always felt that I carried the Olympic flame for the residents of New Port Richey. They had asked me for help and it was my pleasure. The privilege was my reward.

When I was younger I always dreamed of being in the Olympics, but as I grew older I realized to satisfy my dream I was going to have to go to the Olympics as a fan, not an athlete. That opportunity happened in 1996 when I attended the summer Olympics in Atlanta. Then in 2001, I get nominated by Laura Case and selected to carry the Olympic flame. Wow.

I carried the flame in Daytona. I met a lot of folks from around Florida who had done as much as I or more for their community. That was a very humbling experience.

I arrived back at my house that night to a house full of friends still in my Olympic uniform just as excited as the moment I had left that morning. I have shared the torch and my story with schools, Rotary clubs and just anybody who asks.

Although MasterCard doesn't sponsor the Olympics, this is my story:

Gas to drive to Daytona: $12.

Cost to purchase my torch: $325.

Privilege to carry the Olympic flame: Priceless.

Chopper Davis, New Port Richey

CORRECTION: A Feb. 23 letter, Act now before Zephyrhills becomes too "big city' by Herbert Richmond included names of 15 other people. The Times incorrectly identified which letter contained multiple signatures.