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Letters to the Editors

Haphazard drivers a menace to your irreplaceable relatives

© St. Petersburg Times
published June 16, 2002

Editor: My husband and I moved to Florida eight months ago. Our only complaint from the beginning is how carelessly people drive.

I thought state rules were to pass on the left, slow down and stop if possible on a yellow light, obey the speed limit and stop on red!

On June 4, my father and mother were in a car accident.

A man had sped through a red light and crashed into their car at Little Road and River Crossing Boulevard.

My parents are irreplaceable! This accident would never have happened had the rules been obeyed. You, too, are irreplaceable. Please be courteous and obey the rules. Stay alert and stay off the phone while you are driving.

We sincerely appreciate all the brave, caring people who helped our parents. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
-- Nancy Kloss, New Port Richey

Community concerts worth sharing

Editor: Thanks to Times staff writer Barbara Fredricksen for discovering and reporting on the monthly community concerts at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs.

As volunteers, the Friends of Music on the Beach were delighted with the May 31 article and appreciated Ms. Fredricksen's interest in the beach's history as well as the eclectic music series that brings all ages to this little treasure of a beach one night a month.

The city of Tarpon Springs should be commended for working with resident volunteers to make this family-friendly series possible for the enjoyment of all.

This is one of those events that reminds us how wonderful it is to live here.

We volunteers especially want to thank the city of Tarpon Springs, especially the staff of the Tarpon Springs Department of Public Services (Daniela Smyth, and before her, Paul Comini, as well as Dr. Kathleen Monahan of Cultural & Civic Services), for realizing what a great opportunity this is to share our community's natural and artistic resources at their best.
-- Ann Larsen, Tarpon Springs

Extra gas tax unfair to taxpayers

Editor: The more I find out about this additional gas tax, the more I am opposed to it.

The county already gets 6 cents a gallon. They want 2 cents more -- a 33 percent increase. The current tax generates about $8.2-million a year. Where does this money go?

The second penny is to be used for buying right of ways and paving. They don't tell us which roads, how they are chosen, or what they intend to pay for the right of way. Furthermore, we may be buying land that builders would have donated. As it is, they are eligible for credit on the impact fees.

It is unfair to expect taxpayers to pave roads where there is no significant public traffic. Paving by the county raises the value of private property at taxpayer expense. The bigger issue is that in Pasco more roads often do not alleviate congestion. They cause congestion. Road development opens the adjoining property for development, which means more people and more cars.

The last hearing on the gas tax increase is 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Dade City. If you can't go, you can call commissioners at (727) 847-8100, (813) 996-7341 or (352) 521-4111. Peter Altman says that since he didn't hear from the taxpayers, they must agree with this tax increase.
-- Ann Bunting, Hudson

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