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Letters: Legalizing prostitution would fix problems

Prostitution sting follows complaints | May 25 article

Legalizing would fix the problems

It was interesting to read that a sting needed to be set up to catch about a dozen people for illegal prostitution on U.S. 19 in broad daylight. Citizens reported an increase in activity recently and are demanding more be done to illuminate the problem.

Since women have a right to their own bodies and what they do with their own bodies — the argument that the U.S. Supreme Court used to legalize abortion — why isn't prostitution legalized in all states?

Certainly where prostitution is legal, you don't have the problem with people standing on main streets and invading neighborhoods with children. Plus, it is regulated and they are tested for diseases.

Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world, and laws against it will never solve the problem, but they will add to many of the problems that illegal prostitution adds to society.

Barbara J. Theisen, New Port Richey

Infected tooth hurt, but dentist's office was real pain

Trying to pick on the disabled is low

My grandson's fiancee is currently on SSI. She had a badly infected tooth and because she is pregnant her doctor told her the tooth had to come out because the infection could be harmful to the baby.

She found a chain dental office in her book of providers, made an appointment for a consult and paid her co-payment. She was given an appointment for May 16 to extract the tooth and was told the fee was $125.

Not able to afford that amount, her grandfather gave her the money. Upon arriving that day for the extraction, they did not pull the tooth. She was told the $125 fee was for another consultation. The gave her an estimated bill of $393 for the extraction. She left in tears.

Are they for real?

Just because she is disabled doesn't give them the right to gouge people. They should be ashamed. Needless to say her mother reported them to the proper authorities.

Teresa Gifford, Spring Hill

Appliance store's fees are unfeasible

On a Friday, my wife told me the washing machine stopped working. That afternoon, we went to a national chain store and she picked out the one she wanted.

The salesperson told me there would be a $70 delivery charge. That was okay. Then he asked if we wanted the old machine removed. I said, "yes.'' He said it would be another $10 for removal.

All set? No way.

He then asked when we wanted the machine delivered. We said the next day. He then said it would cost another $10 because it was a Saturday.

Joseph Scalici, Hudson