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Letters to the Editors

Zoning decisions preceded current commissioners


© St. Petersburg Times
published November 7, 2002

Editor: Re: Housing project not racial issue, Nov. 4 letter to the editor:

Some people in Hernando County should do their homework before they wrongly accuse the County Commission. Zoning for the planned affordable housing development was established in 1987, long before any of the current commissioners took office. The owner and developer, Dr. Gills, told the Seven Hills community years ago that the land would be used to build upscale condos. We believed him. It is he we all should be angry with.

Contrary to what many people believe, county commissioners are not all-powerful. They can't undo legally what was zoned 15 years before.

I recently bought a lot in Seven Hills and am building my dream home. I did this knowing multifamily housing was slated for this area. My only concern of living in this community is living near people like Donnie Hammond who apparently only care about themselves and obviously were never young or had to struggle financially.

I guess as a degreed social worker who has worked as a social worker in Hernando County for several years, I have seen a great deal. More people than we realize struggle to make ends meet. Young and old, single-parent families, as well as two-parent families. Hard-working, decent people.

So, my fear is not of the multifamily housing, but of the attitudes of some people in Hernando County who think they are better than others.
-- Terry Kirby, Spring Hill

Good Government League says thanks to debate participants

Editor: On Oct. 29, just one week before the general election, 18 of the 19 candidates appearing on the ballot for School Board, County Commission, State Representative, State Senate and U.S. Congress, met in one last televised debate. A lively, informative exchange of ideas, issues and candidate platforms filled the next three hours, providing the electorate one final opportunity to weigh the qualifications and differences between these contenders for public office.

These candidates deserve the gratitude of their communities. On behalf of the members of the Good Government League, I want to express our appreciation and gratitude for their appearance on the the Final Faceoff television debate. By undertaking and vigorously executing their political campaigns, they have proven themselves dedicated and devoted citizens.

Despite the ultimate outcomes of the election, Good Government League believes there are no losers, only winners. These candidates have greatly contributed to the advancement of our national principles of democracy and freedom.
Chet Peters, president Good Government League, Spring Hill

Hospital prohibits cell phones to limit jeopardy to patients

Editor: Re: Young mother delivers a baby, Nov. 3 Times:

Sunday's front page carried a wonderful story about the miracle birth of Jennilee McNeill, a heartwarming event. I was disturbed, however, about the cell phone call being made within the hospital itself, the use of which is supposed to be prohibited.

I, and members of family who use cell phones, ensure we restrict such use during hospital visits. I have observed plenty of others using cell phones inside the hospital grounds, not just at Oak Hill, but at other area hospitals.

Why, if such use is indeed prohibited, as evidenced by the notices posted, do the hospitals allow it to continue? I would not want my lifeline to be interrupted should I be so unfortunate to require such care.

Cell phone users, please show some common consideration to others in this world.
-- Richard A. Galford, Spring Hill

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