Pasco Letters to the Editor

Thoughts and opinions from you and your neighbors.
Published April 9

Re: The price of trash is going up | April 5

Interesting that recycling was always a “non” topic in Pasco. When we moved to Pasco in 1999, hoping to live in the country, we also started the recycling. One day, I saw that the regular trash haulers also threw the “blue bags” onto the same truck.

I called the trash haulers’ office,and the female who answered the phone said over the phone to me that, at the reception facility, the waste would be separated again. I laughed, hung up and ceased recycling.

Not too long ago, there was a similar story on one of Tampa Bay’s news channels with the same topic.

Seems like nothing changed since. Well, of course not. The (Pasco County) County Commission is busy issuing more building permits until everything in Pasco is under concrete, of course, for the greater good of all.

Is there a solution? Well .... we bought a lot in Hernando County.

Theodor Hinrichs, Wesley Chapel

Pasco deputies taking ‘Live PD’ hiatus | March 12

Well, the new season started without Pasco County law enforcement. Sad, as the show was a tribute to the great job our law enforcement officials do in Pasco County.

Perhaps, (Pasco County commissioners) Jack Mariano and Kathryn Starkey were worried about their pocketbooks when they questioned “whether the show was fostering a negative image of the area.”

Doesn’t every county and state have an element of the population that is a bit shady and does not follow the rules? Isn’t that why we have law enforcement?

Didn’t the agreement with Live PD bring additional money into the area in addition to residents’ tax dollars? At the Live PD rally, the Sheriff’s Office charity sold out of memorabilia an hour before the rally started. At that time, it was already difficult to find a parking space.

As a resident, I now must question: Are they (Mariano and Starkey) worried about my tax dollars and safety, or a perceived loss in their business dollars? Live PD brought money into Pasco County that supported programs not funded by our tax dollars. As a resident and CEO of a small business in Pasco County, I saw no negative effects caused by our participation; it was only positive.

Most importantly, it was an opportunity for Pasco residents and the country to see our law enforcement officials performing the difficult and often dangerous job they do in Pasco County. These men and women have confidence, patience, integrity, a caring attitude and often a good sense of humor. What came through on Live PD was how competent and dedicated the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is. It was also an opportunity for us (as residents of the county) to give tribute to them and to say thank you for protecting us. We are very proud of you.

Thank you, law enforcement.

Marilyn Matyus, New Port Richey

Thanks to the community for a successful Loquat Festival

The sixth-annual Florida Loquat Festival was recently held in Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey.

This is the only event of its kind in the United States. The weather was perfect, and it was thrilling to see a continuous number of visitors from the Tampa Bay area and from regions beyond.

We are very grateful to the City of New Port Richey for generous assistance in making the festival possible. Mayor Rob Marlowe was on hand to read the city’s proclamation, noting the great value of an event celebrating this unique fruit.

We thank the dozens of harvesters who brought more than half a ton of fruit, the folks who donated the harvest of their trees, and the preserve-makers who produced more than 600 jars that were sold at the event.

We thank Kelly Hackman for creating her award-winning loquat tea, and her husband, Bryan, and his loquat beer. We also thank Pete Kanaris and GreenDreams, who sold out of 150 grafted trees, Judy Nicita with S.I. Electric, who sponsored the event and supplied 100 percent solar power, and the writers who read their loquat literary creations.

Thanks also to: Dr. David Maharajah for his support and lecture on loquat medicine; Jeff Wright of Wright’s Market for their support; the city’s Cultural Affairs Committee for its support; Frank Starkey and The Central for being a contributing supporter; the Hook Law Group for its long-standing support; and the Odyssey of the Mind educational enrichment project, which harvested with us and shared loquat jam.

Special thanks goes to Suncoast Credit Union for being the event’s major sponsor.

We also appreciate: volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, who harvested fruit and made preserves; the Rotary Club of New Port Richey for its financial support; Hits 106 for promotional information and interviews leading up the event; and the Grand Gardens community, which provided assistance throughout.

Thanks to Dr. Roy Kaplan for this canticle of loquat songs, and the Coastal Rental Center and Minuteman Press.

Everyone mentioned here is why this event is successful and continues to grow.

Dell deChant, Ecology Florida, and Jake Pieterse, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas & West Pasco Counties, Loquat Festival co-hosts