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LARGO'S BENEFITS JUSTIFY THE TAXES

I hear so many people complaining about paying taxes for nothing. When I stop to think about everything Largo offers, I don't mind paying my fair share.

We have a state-of-the-art library that is known nationwide. I make regular use of checking out books, CDs and downloadable audio. We have numerous beautiful parks, including Largo Central Park, and the newly opened Eagle Lake Park to enjoy. My husband and I regularly bike through the latter and notice all the people walking, biking and using its many amenities. Our downtown area is a pleasure to drive along as well as Clearwater-Largo Road.

Largo provides many benefits for its citizens, and I am proud to call it home.

Marilyn Wirth, Largo

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Treadmills could get teens moving

Lack of physical fitness among teenagers seems to be a growing problem. Certainly this results in decreasing energy levels, which makes learning more difficult. Many are disqualified from military service due to being overweight. Here is a solution: Offer classes in group walking, treadmill, or both as an elective course for credit. Initially, it may cost extra money but it can be a worthwhile investment.

With even a moderate workout, students can burn at least 500 calories. I have personally lost over 20 pounds in the past two years by adding the treadmill to my workout routine, along with some nutritional changes.

Am I faster than a high school student? Probably not, but I am enjoying the path to fitness. I'd like others to enjoy it, too.

Carl E. Graham, Largo

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Re: Paving needed, not patches - story, June 13

Rosery Road could use attention

I can think of another road in need of paving that has also been patched, repatched and patched up again. The short stretch of Rosery Road between S Fort Harrison Avenue and Missouri Avenue in Largo is and has been in poor condition for years.

Patches are meant to be - or at least they should be - only a temporary fix. It's time for the city of Largo to bite the bullet and pave the way. It's no fun playing "dodge the pothole."

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

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