1. Letters to the Editor

Hernando letters: Cut, cut, cut mentality hurting residents

Cut mentality hurts residents

Columnist Dan DeWitt is right in his Oct. 13 column. There was no economic reason for turning down transit money, just a political reason — pressure from small-government fanatics who hate THE Bus.

It is another fine example of Hernando County and its residents' needs coming in second to the Republican ridiculousness of cut, cut, cut no matter who gets hurt along the way.

David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee

How 'bargain' can pay for itself

Dan DeWitt's Oct. 9 column hit the nail right on the head. But there is a way that the purchase of this over-priced, million-dollar "limited-time bargain" could pay for itself if we'll just let it.

This parcel could have been purchased by the adjacent land owners, the so-called mentioned, if our commissioners had not jumped the gun and allowed themselves to be suckered in by shrewd salesman Gary Schraut. Not only are we taxpayers out the initial purchase price of the property but now we have one more expensive piece of real estate that no one's paying taxes on.

This property is indeed a gift to the adjacent land owners. Not only did they not have to purchase this 4 acres in order to turn their proposed but highly doubtful mining property into highly sought after commercial real estate, but now they don't have to pay taxes on it to boot. Okay, that's fine since there could be an upside to this.

We citizens are out $1 million and that's enough. Make the people who will benefit from this purchase pay for the remaining costs to actually build the road through their adjacent lands turning what they threaten to mine into the tax revenue needed to pay for this whole rouge. Do not let them dupe us into building an expensive road through their property, make them do it. In fact when the time comes, they'll even pay for the use of our newly acquired right of way if we'll just let them.

J. Daniel, Spring Hill

Making a mark in black community

John C. Emerson's legacy is rooted into the history of Moton High School, and he was perceived to be much more than a visionary builder. He was well renowned and highly regarded throughout the various Negro communities.

It was Emerson who developed the first group of homes in Hernando County for Negroes that had indoor bathroom facilities, and they were built out of cinder blocks. The development was widely known as "Emerson Quarters/Projects" and only our elite Negro citizens or Negro employees of the Emerson Cement Plant lived in the development. Most of the Moton school teachers who did not own their own homes lived there at one time or another.

Emerson was more than a well-known philanthropist, he was a philanthropist dedicated to civil rights. Mr. Emerson died the same year I transferred to Moton (7 years old), but it felt as though all of the Negroes in South Brooksville knew him personally for years after his death. He was just that well thought of in the Negro communities.

African-Americans in the city of Brooksville also recognize John C. Emerson as a great Brooksvillian. He was a true philanthropist and is our greatest Brooksvillian thus far.

Richard L. Howell, Brooksville