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Letters to the Editors

Patience runs thin for inept leadership

© St. Petersburg Times
published September 1, 2002

Editor: Re: Officials query character plan, Aug. 24 Times.

It's back to school time for county officials! The Hernando County Board of Commissioners proposes providing character training for its officials. What parents and schools failed to accomplish will be remedied by taxpayers at a cost of $18,000.

Some weeks ago the commissioners used a consultant, staff and other resources at a workshop to research a legally acceptable definition of "gift." Their concern was value and acceptance of gifts to themselves and staff from those doing, or hoping to do, business with the county. Yet, any teenager could have given an immediate answer. That is, "no gifts!"

A steam hammer is unnecessary to crack a peanut.

Meanwhile, the board struggles and groans to balance the 2003 budget. It does so by postponing and canceling necessary community services and dipping into the financial reserve cookie jar. Obviously, commissioners believe the county's economic near future will be moonlight and roses.

Hernando citizens are tolerant. However, there is a limit to how long inept handling of county financial and other resources can be tolerated.
-- James A. Willan, Brooksville

Firefighter story sounds worse the more I read

Editor: Re: College banned firefighter, Aug. 23 Times:

I, too, was one who did not think very highly of the woman who accused the firefighters of rape. My opinion was based on news accounts that discredited the woman.

Now we have a headline that one of the accused had a problem in 1994. It also portrayed the problem that the woman had at that time. As more of the truth comes out we can see what a hard time it must have been for the woman to go through with the charges.

This shows what a person of power thinks: They do not have to abide by the laws that others do.

Some have said that the accused are no danger to the community. I beg to differ.
-- Claude Kinard, Spring Hill

Candidate right to protect kids from public schools

Editor: Re: Board member's private school choice upsets some, Aug. 25 Times:

One needs to read between the lines in this article about a School Board member who opted to send his children to a private school.

It is evident that board member Robert Wiggins is a good parent and, as such, he wants his children to have a good education. Fortunately he has the resources to send his kids to a private school. Most parents do not have any choice and are thereby compelled to subject their children to a substandard education. (Vouchers would help solve that problem.)

Wiggins said he wanted to make "positive changes" before sending his kids to a public school. That's why he is on the board. Hopefully he will be successful.

It would appear that public school pundits are inferring that if you are on the board, your children must attend a public school. What a terrible and high price to pay for the privilege of serving on the School Board if one is forced to subject one's own children to the public school system.
-- J. Schlosser, Spring Hill

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