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DON'T LET GIFTS BUY YOU INTO BAD IDEA

I am so impressed that the Iafrate family came to Pasco County to donate money to politicians and to organizations with no reward in it for themselves. Aren't we fortunate that this largesse has fallen from the sky to us. In return, their firm, Angelo's Aggregate Materials, only wants to save us all money, be a model citizen and help everyone. Sainthood is not far away.

As I see it, there is an opportunity to open a landfill, in this day and age when the public is finally getting aware of the dangers (clay liner or no clay liner), and then Angelo's can have its way with tipping charges and the size of the operation. It is a small window of opportunity and Angelo's is trying to squeeze through that window.

We must be wary of Iafrates bearing gifts. I would like to make it known to them that my husband is running for president of the RESORCE Recycling Club and will not accept any contributions to his campaign.

Why are our leaders taking money with both hands and then pretending that it does not influence their decisions at all? The reason for limits in campaign contributions is that money donated does influence politicians. That has been proven over and over. It makes me wonder, also, what contributions have gone to the various clubs where Angelo's representatives have spoken and then garnered support.

Pasco citizens must be wary of offers from private companies to solve all of their problems. In the coming years, decisions to do so will seem very short-sighted when we are confronted with the potential for another Super Fund site right on top of our drinking water supply.

I hear from citizens of Pasco County that the blue bags are too expensive as they drive off in $30,000 automobiles to have dinner at a restaurant four or five nights per week. Are we getting that selfish and short-sighted? Are we really ready to reject an offer to solve our trash problem by single stream recycling or by mandatory recycling because of a small quarterly or monthly fee? Let's get some priorities straight here, or we can just allow Angelo's to come along later and pick our pockets.

Jean Corvene,Hudson

Keep landfill facts above board - Jan. 28 letter

Landfill would endanger region

As a dedicated NIMBY, I am absolutely against the proposed landfill that would be built on some of the last remaining beautiful acreage in Pasco County. I am against all the things that would be expected, to wit: increased traffic and endless dump trucks, roads that would be paid for by Florida residents, unpalatable odors, rats, snakes and birds that could easily be infected with diseases, depressed property values and other local issues.

However, a far greater issue is our water resources. Just thinking about this would easily convince one that natural disasters would threaten livelihoods if the landfill were to be built on the proposed site. A hurricane would easily spread waste throughout the recharge area of the Hillsborough and Withlacoochee rivers, not to mention the Green Swamp area. A sinkhole would cause untold damage to the Floridan Aquifer from which we get our water. This aquifer even supplies drinking water to parts of Georgia. If this is contaminated, where will we get our water? No one has answered this question. And the letter writer does not address this at all. The risks to Pasco County and the entire Tampa Bay area are much too high.

He also states that Pasco County would receive a preferred offer of $27 per ton. All others would be charged $35 to $70 per ton. Obviously, Angelo's is attempting to buy the authorization from Pasco County. I have sided with Sen. Mike Fasano, who has stated he does not want Pasco County to become a "dumping ground" for everyone's garbage.

Marvin Hall,Dade City

Re: Hudson Water Works

Building planned in best manner

My role in building the new office building for Hudson Water Works was one of construction management and code compliance. I utilized my training and license to allow the board of directors the ability to contract directly with each individual subcontractor and supplier, and perform a great deal of in-house labor.

This allowed the board and ultimately the customers the savings of contractors' markup. Also, all materials purchased by the board were tax-exempt. JUH Construction's fees were less than the amount of the tax savings.

No subcontractor was selected by one person. There was a collaborative meeting with myself, the utilities director and the corporate engineer to open the minimum of three bids required for work performed. The three-bid requirement was the best and most responsible method to hire subcontractors. We used every diligence to build the best-suited, most cost-effective and accessible building possible.

I am not saying all of the customer base is ungrateful. Unfortunately, some self-serving individuals have placed a mark upon an otherwise outstanding accomplishment.

I also should point out that, in my professional opinion, the old office was not worth the repairs necessary to improve customer access and the convenience of a drive-up window. It was also not up to current hurricane standards. Also, most important, any additions to the old building would have required the building to be elevated 11 feet due to the flood zone. This would have been very costly.

John R. Horak, JUH Construction

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