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Mobile home owners pay plenty

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

The letter writer is both uninformed and uneducated.

Yes, the mobile home park owners do own the land, but we the mobile home owners pay their real estate taxes on their land.

We did come down here and buy a mobile home to escape the Northern winters. The last I heard this is still the United States of America and a free country.

I pay $427.63 per month lot rental, $363 insurance for my mobile home, $101 taxes for the stickers for the mobile home, a $141 electric bill last month, $54 personal property tax on my mobile home, $56 for television service and $39 for phone service.

This is hardly nothing.

I'm not counting the purchase price of my mobile home or the continuing costs of my home up North.

As far as safety goes, tell the people in New Orleans that houses are safe. My mobile home had no damage at all from the past hurricanes, but I saw many aerial photos of many houses with no roofs. That's safe, isn't it?

To sum it up, I am not going to buy a tent, but I think the letter writer should be living in a cave.

Incidently, I doubt very much the writer is a native Floridian. Where up North did he relocate from?

Huston G. Shirer

New Port Richey

Petition made voters

more knowledgeable

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, shortly after noontime, I received a call from your reporter, Camille Spencer. We had a somewhat lengthy conversation during which I was asked to express my opinion as to why Nancy Britton, Dr. Dale Massad and Steve O'Neil signed a petition to have a referendum placed on the ballot granting the voters the right (as guaranteed by our country's Constitution) to choose whether they want to continue being a city or dissolve into the county.

I explained that for approximately three years this petition circulated around Port Richey. It was ruled defective in that it did not meet the criteria as set forth by our charter. Not accepting that ruling, a committee brought the petition to a meeting of Florida legislators, and they rejected it as well.

Now wouldn't you think, I asked, that if these committee members were serious in their wanting to be with the county, that they would have regrouped, obtained legal opinion, poured even more money into their effort, and done things in the prescribed way? Answering my own question, I said: No, they did not!

In my personal view, what they did was get the attention of the council that things must change for the better. I truly believe that as a result of the petition, our voters have become smarter, more involved and more knowledgeable, and this April we will see positive results. I can hardly wait.

Phyllis Grae

Port Richey City Council

Parents, help your child

get ready for the FCAT

Your child, along with most students in Pasco County and across Florida, will participate in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) program Monday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 10. The results of these tests provide you and your child's teachers with important information about how well your child is learning and compares with similar age students in Florida and across the country.

Your child's teachers have been working with your child to prepare him or her for the upcoming tests. We ask you, parents, to encourage your child to do his or her best by:

Encouraging your child to have a good night's sleep before each scheduled testing day.

Making sure your child attends school each day and arrives at school on time.

Providing a healthy breakfast at home each morning.

Reminding your children that they are well prepared for this test, to do their best and that they should feel calm and confident.

Encouraging your child to read test instructions slowly and carefully.

Encouraging your child to use all the allotted time provided for each section of the test. The FCAT is designed to measure students' knowledge of the content area benchmarks in the Sunshine State Standards. All students in grades 3-10 are tested annually to measure their progress toward meeting the reading and mathematics benchmarks. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 are also assessed in science.

The Pasco County curriculum is aligned with the Sunshine State Standards. Throughout this entire school year, teachers have provided instruction and students have worked hard to acquire the skills necessary to be successful. In addition, schools have also had FCAT practice tests for students to become familiar with the test format and content.

Please remember to tell your children to believe in themselves, and wish them good luck on the upcoming FCAT test. Thank you.

Cathy M. Rapp

Student Services Department

Madeline Barbery, Research and

Evaluation Department

District School Board of Pasco County

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