Letters to the Editors
McIntosh'sequest foray raise isnexcusable
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published January 6, 2002
Editor: I think it's about time County Administrator Paul McIntosh was asked to step down or, better yet, be fired. I can't understand why, in these times, he has the right to ask for a raise or anything else. That goes to show you what type of person we have in office. I also feel there are two right under him who need to think along these lines.
We need more people like Commissioner Diane Rowden, who can help the people of Spring Hill get back in line.
I retired in 1986. When we went to the Spring Hill Civic Association's meeting, there was standing room only. You go there now, you may find 35 people. And when they find out their complaints fall on deaf ears, you may see them again a couple of times afterward, then they're gone, because they soon learn it goes no place. It's a waste of time.
In regard to the county Code Enforcement Department, they all give you the same reason why they can't take action. Even if you have pictures or video, it doesn't mean a thing. The booklet they have that explains how to handle your complaints should be rewritten. It's not the truth. Where in there does it say that Code Enforcement must catch the violators in the act? This is their excuse for not doing their job.
Offended doctor asks the wrong questions
Editor: Re: Shadow falls over doctors' charity, Dec. 29 Times:
I am writing to express my views on your recent coverage of a group of 15 doctors in our county who donated more than $1.3-million in the past five years to Muslim charities suspected of helping finance international terrorism. The lion's share of the $1.3-million came from the Tavabishy brothers, some $906,600. Your article stated that Imad Tavabishy, who donated $796,000, was angered his personal contributions to the charity had been publicly disclosed.
Assuming the donated money came from Tavabishy's practice in Hernando County, it seems he and the other members of Oak Hill Hospital's "Fantastic Fifteen" would donate to the many, many worthwhile charities and causes in the county. There are "very, very needy human beings" in our county, too.
In closing, I would like to pose two questions to you, Imad: How much money did you send to the Sept. 11 charities? And, did you offer your medical services to New York City, as did many other medical professionals across our great nation?
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