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Has anyone noticed the nice raises the Spring Hill Fire Commission just gave the Spring Hill Fire chiefs? While all county employees making over $65,000 a year are under a wage freeze, the Spring Hill chief received 3 percent, raising his pay to $88,802.48. The assistant fire chief now receives $82,653.48. How many Spring Hill residents received a 3 percent raise this year? How many are earning $88,000 a year? It's another example of the work of the Fire Commission.

In the upcoming vote on independence for Spring Hill Fire Rescue, a "no'' vote means: No reduction in service (same people, same equipment); no more duplication in dispatch service (we only need one, not two as we now have); and no need to hire additional administrative personnel for Spring Hill Fire Rescue to handle things the county now does, such as human resources.

A ''no'' vote means yes to saving tax dollars, estimated at $500,000, and no reduction in service to Spring Hill residents!

G. B. Roberts,Spring Hill

Think well before choosing leaders

The fall of any great nation in history has always been preceded by an overextended military and the erosion of the foundation of its economy. It has been the establishment of a two-class system where those who have refuse to share with those who do not have. Our government cared about, empowered and provided opportunity to the less fortunate. In the last eight years this nation has forgotten its true purpose.

Control of our economic systems and assistance programs have been put in the hands of political puppets that refused to elevate the less fortunate and sustain the middle class American worker. They focus on convincing those in the middle that conservative ideals represent them through issues associated with religion, free trade and capitalism when in fact their actions have proven to be the complete opposite.

These tactics have sidetracked the middle class from the real issues. If the last eight years are an example of the success of these ideals I fear what will be the outcome of the next four years if they are allowed to continue. Trickle down economics brought us the recession of 1990-1992, Desert Storm got us out. 9/11 brought us another recession and Iraq got us out. This mess was brought on by greed at every level.

The American voters are being led once again with false promises and pacifying words, pitting Republicans constituents against Democratic constituents. The sad part in all of this is that Americans do not realize that to be successful the American voter must rid Washington D.C. of self-serving politicians and replace them with representatives who will truly work for their constituents and not give in to the pressures of monetary rewards of special interests and corporate America.

Term limits in both houses of Congress should be the first step toward rectifying our American dilemma.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill

County man is behind Ray Hawk

In these troubled times the Tampa Bay Rays have put an extra little bounce in our step but there is a sidebar to their story that needs correcting - the Ray Hawk.

Many people are claiming that they originated it but it is Hernando County's own Wilber Bonilla of Ciao Bella Hair Studio who is the hair stylist to the Rays and the creator of the Ray Hawk. You may have seen him at their celebrations in their club house or caught his interview with newscaster Serena Fazon.

Thank you Wilber for putting an extra zip in the Ray's style and thank you Rays for the much needed smiles!

C. Amato, Spring Hill