Attacks bases purely on politics - Aug. 23 letter
I am one of the many investors to whom Blaise Ingoglia's company, Hartland Homes, sold homes.
What I found most disturbing in the letter was Blaise's claim that I used my own independent real estate agent to locate and contract for the purchase of the lot. Not true. The actual document on Hartland Homes letterhead states "Your lot and subdivision will be chosen for you." There was no separate real estate agent involved, just Hartland Homes and America One Home Loans. Everything was coordinated through them.
Ignoglia additionally states he never made claims of guaranteed profit. In his sales pitch, he actually did claim that an investor who purchased a house through his company should easily profit by $25,000, and he backed this up with something called a Purchase With Confidence (PWC) plan which kicked in $10,000 toward any shortage in rents or if the house couldn't sell for more than was owed. Initially, Hartland Homes did reimburse some of my out-of-pocket costs, then the checks stopped and the phone calls weren't returned. I've hired a lawyer, but my pockets are not as deep as Ingoglia's, so I know it will be hard to fight.
Ingoglia also mentions the "appraisal was done by an independently licensed appraiser.'' Hartland Homes directed me specifically to this appraiser and required me to write a check to this appraiser as part of the investment package. The same appraiser appraised every single Hartland Home that I know about. A $280,000 appraisal for a house worth probably $155,000 at the time it was being built? That's 180 percent overvalue.
We all like to think we are smarter than to fall for something like this. And we should do our due diligence when signing on the dotted line. But then, we are a country built on a certain amount of trust. We expect those selling us products to have some amount of integrity and responsibility for selling us a product that is worth what we paid for it.
Kathryn Morea, Santa Monica, Calif.
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Reality distorted in health debate
The health debate depends on truth. In letters in the opinion page several readers felt AARP's detailing false statements made by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite about health care were inappropriate. It appears none of these readers took the time to read the article the St. Petersburg Times and FactCheck.org put together on the same topic. Both the AARP and the Times found inconsistencies in the facts and Brown-Waite's statements.
I imagine very few of us in the public have taken the time to read the five or six bills that the Congress is currently looking at for health care. We depend on our elected officials to give us the truth rather than echo the disinformation given out in the town hall and Tea Party forums. Unfortunately many, Brown-Waite included, see fit to cloud the issue with untruths. So now we are at the name-calling stage, where, like children on the playground, some attempt to misdirect the conversation.
Instead of talking about making changes to a broken system, the talk turns to calling a conversation about end-of-life decisions and a death panel. Two years ago my sister was diagnosed with end-stage cancer. Her doctor called the hospice because that was the right thing to do. I suppose some of you out there would call that organization a death panel. They can only be called in at the end and a doctor must make that call.
Ten years ago my best friend's husband was also diagnosed with a stage-four cancer. His doctor did not call in the hospice; instead, he offered expensive treatment to a man who wanted to believe he could live. His family did not have the chance to make his death one with grace and dignity. He died three months after his diagnosis and the hospice was called by a hospital doctor after his doctor refused to make the call. He was bedridden and the cancer was in his bones and brain. He was not able to say goodbye to those he loved.
Folks, lets get real here. If someone stands to make a profit on another's suffering there is a problem. We need to make health care a nonprofit business. Otherwise, we end up with situations like my friend's husband. I would prefer the process my sister was graced with.
As much as each of us would like to think, death is not an option, it is a reality, and we each must face it.
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Rude deputies? It starts at top
Regarding the writer of Sept. 3 letter, who claimed that the Hernando County deputy was rude, arrogant and had an attitude: I can relate to that. It happened to me, too.
The writer suggested that Sheriff Richard Nugent send all road deputies for more public relations schooling. It would be a waste of time and money because the deputies get their attitude from the sheriff himself.
Note his holier-than-thou attitude as it pertains to budget cuts. County commissioners have asked all departments to cut their budgets. All but Nugent complied. If the duck has an attitude, so will the ducklings.
Paul Kapral,Spring Hill