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Sign blunder will cost Target in the long run


© St. Petersburg Times
published June 30, 2002

Re: Lisa Buie column, Signs point to lack of resolve.

Editor: If the Target bullies think they "WON" they are sorely mistaken! I am so offended and insulted by their outrageous Target pole erected in front of the beautiful homes that were built there, that I absolutely REFUSE TO SHOP AT TARGET. That hideous circus-looking pole is so out of place and tasteless and their tactics were way beyond acceptable boundaries for "getting their way." They can never convince me that what they did was simply a good business principle because no sign ordinance was in place.

Target had the chance to be the pacesetter and the shining example for the onslaught of business establishments that will soon jam Bruce B. Downs and the new State Road 54 corridor. They had the chance to create good will with their neighbors, present and future; enhance the entire area with tasteful signage and landscaping; become the leaders for all other commercial enterprises to follow; been regarded as gracious and caring merchants setting up shop at the very edge of a wonderful new neighborhood and, in the process, become far more profitable than they ever dreamed. Too bad their immediate gratification of winning the battle just might cause them to lose the war for our wallets.

They behaved like neighborhood schoolyard bullies and they should be treated as such. There are plenty of other stores at which to shop. If everybody thought about it, why on earth would a person patronize a store that is run by management that disregards the rights of the citizens to enjoy their homes and the area into which they invested and moved their families? Target is a terrible neighbor. Shame on them for taking advantage of Pasco residents whose County Commission has still NOT been able to put new rules in place (but that's another story)! I just thank God that we have Pat Mulieri and Steve Simon, who are focused on the quality of life issues for the residents of this county.

I sincerely hope that every time we homeowners and renters in Pasco County drive by that trashy circus pole jutting up to the sky, we make a mental note that if nobody shops there, they'll have to take their big lollipop and leave the schoolyard!
-- Barbara D. Pool, Lutz

Concert a great entertainment value

Editor: After seeing C. Jaime Lee Brown's letter I was moved to write my own as I saw only one other letter proclaiming the Hudson High School spring concert a joy to watch.

The Jazz Band and Concert Band showed good discipline and music appreciation among its members. Then you had the added Percussions "Diners Club and Brooms Hilda." You had to see both as they were done with professionalism.

The Show Palace and Angel Cabaret Theatre (plus other theaters in the area) will have many stars to draw from now and the future.

A Concert Band member's mother told us about it. We thank her for this and next year it would be great to see the Pasco Times give more of a notice about it. We found other schools also had their day with the notice only being made in the school section of the newspaper. We will indeed be looking at that section, in the spring, for the next performances.

My wife and I felt that we surely discovered entertainment's "best-kept secret in Pasco County" and would you believe, it's FREE.

Thank you Terry Adams and all the students for such an enjoyable evening and the Pasco Times in advance for any consideration you may give to this request.
-- Ronald R. Rose, Bayonet Point

Fox News wastes time covering Billy Joel


-- Editor: If one wishes to watch a TV comedy show, he or she should stay tuned to Fox News. Billy Joel was admitted to a rehabilitation center for problems he couldn't handle. The consensus of opinion was he was suffering from an identity crisis. This required two minutes of valuable TV airtime.
The poor working stiff who has to smack the alarm button at a quarter to six in the morning and is exhausted from working a second job the night before in order to pay his bills will be relieved to know he is not tired; he's having an identity crisis.
Margaret E. Powers, New Port Richey

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