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Gambling ships' mess: Why must the city pay?

© St. Petersburg Times
published May 26, 2002

Re: Gambling boats lead to conflict in Port Richey, May 20 editorial
-- Editor: Your editorial is correct. However, with this elected council, you are beating a dead horse.
Not too long ago, I went before the council, just to find out why the two gambling ships' owners do not clean up the parking lots that their customers leave so dirty.
The city does not get one penny, and we must clean up the lot.
All I wanted to know is why must the city pay for it?
Well, I was cut short the usual way: "Your time is up."
Yet, the gambling ships' lawyer was able to talk and talk for a very long time. It leaves me wondering.
Mr. Editor, let's keep it in mind for the election.
Michael Starr, Port Richey

Trapping and dumping of cats is an outrage

Editor: There has been a rash of missing cats in my neighborhood of Holiday Gardens Estates. The answer became painfully obvious when cat traps were discovered at two residences in the 5100 block of Victoria Lane.

I am missing two of my pets. My neighbor had my first missing (disabled) cat in mind when she asked about the trap. With pride, the trap owner stated she had trapped three so far, the recent being an orange and white tabby "they dumped in the woods."

They felt they were justified because the cats were getting into their attic and spraying.

My cat was a spayed female. Only unneutered males spray.

My disabled cat was a male with a balance problem and could not climb into an attic.

I called the Sheriff's Office and Animal Control several times.

Both agencies concurred it was illegal to set unauthorized traps and dump animals.

The neighbors living in the Perrine Ranch area need to know these people admitted to dumping their "catch" in the neighborhood.
-- Wendy Watson, Holiday

Why continue building during severe drought?

Editor: Will someone please explain how we can continue building homes, apartments, malls, etc., when we are in a severe drought?

I live in Timber Oaks. When we bought here years ago, we were impressed by the area and the many trees which are now being destroyed due to more construction.

Contractors are coming into La Maderia to erect 10 two-story buildings for a total of 80 units.

Will the residents of these apartments not use water?

Do we conserve water only to allow more building? What's wrong with this picture?
-- Joan Pittarelli, Port Richey

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