1. Letters to the Editor

Letters: Deputies need to slow speeders near school

Published Oct. 2, 2014

School zone has traffic problems

The "who" is a T.E. Weightman Middle School student.

The "what" is that he was hit by a speeding car.

The "where" was in front of Wesley Chapel Elementary, at 30243 Wells Road, in an active school zone.

The "when" was Monday, Sept. 15 at approximately 4:11 pm.

The "why" is my reason for writing.

I've not been able to find any reference to this accident anywhere. Thankfully the child wasn't killed but have we become so jaded that it's not newsworthy unless a life is lost?

The Pasco Sheriff's Office was notified of the reckless drivers on Wells Road. I thought some action would be taken. Many others have also tried to alert the Sheriff's Office to the growing danger from speeding, illegal stopping, and illegal passing but law enforcement has done nothing. Even in the wake of the near tragedy there were no deputies present to monitor the school zone the next morning and there didn't appear to be any that afternoon either. Does someone need to die to get a response from Sheriff Chris Nocco and his department?

Robyn I. Russ, Zephyrhills

Fundraiser helps seniors programs

The character of a community is revealed by its commitment to care for its most vulnerable, especially at both ends of the life span.

CARES is hosting a fundraiser "celebrating seniors'' on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the west campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, off Ridge Road, to help the agency's mission "of assisting frail elderly to stay at home, stay independent, stay informed and stay connected through its various services including senior enrichment centers.''

The ticket price is $50 and sponsorships are available. My family is committed to match the donations for the event up to $25,000. For more information call CARES at 727-862-9291 ext. 2024 or visit

Dr. Rao Musunuru, Bayonet Point