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Letters to the Editors

Portrayal of residents offensive

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

Editor: Re: Spring Haven residents will face Archie Bunkers, Nov. 3 letter to the editor:

As a resident of Wellington, I am compelled to respond to the letter written by Jim Webb of Spring Hill. I find it very offensive that you have chosen to categorize the residents of Seven Hills, Wellington, Pristine Place and The Palms. I have never had a maid, have never been on a golf course, and no, I do not drive a Cadillac.

However, I do get up at 2 a.m. five days a week, and I'm on the job by 4 a.m. I live on a budget, and still pay a mortgage and car payments every month. I live in a modestly priced home, do not have a large bank account, numerous certificates of deposit or stocks. I am a widow who works hard and appreciates that I do not have to worry about lawns, sprinklers, weeds, painting, and others' children. I have been there and done that.

I live a conservative lifestyle and do not portray the image you have just assumed. Our residents are not narrow-minded, miserable, or soul-less, as you suggested. I have found everyone here to be helpful, caring and considerate, especially in the time of need, which happens often when the majority of residents are of retirement age.

I see nothing wrong with having worked hard and having saved a little bit of money to spend in the latter years of one's life, and to be able to live in comfort and security. This is the American dream.
-- Carol Hill, Spring Hill

Sheriff should take closer look at deputy

Editor Re: Deputy is not trigger happy, Nov. 4 letter to the editor:

I cannot believe the audacity of suspended sheriff's Deputy Scott Lamia's going after a speeder on the Suncoast Parkway.

Why is he allowed to endanger the lives of Hernando County citizens? It's obvious he has no regard for his superiors or his suspension and the rules of that suspension.

Is he also going to be reprimanded for ignoring the orders of a superior for this latest action?

First, there is no chase given to John Tenison in a residential neighborhood, but then Lamia pulls out his gun and fires numerous rounds into a car in that same residential neighborhood.

And the reasons the past incidents are brought up are because it shows a pattern to the type of deputy he is. Sheriff Richard Nugent, you need to take a good, hard look at this person.
-- Joe Norton, Spring Hill

Water trickles, and the battle is on again

Editor: Once again Spring Hill water pressure is low everywhere. This was the same story last year when the water trickled out of the faucets and shower heads in a lot of homes. The trickling has begun again.

The summer rains come, and the problem is resolved and forgotten. Then the rainy season is over, and the problem reappears. It's a battle between Florida Water Services and Hernando County, a battle that has been going on year after year. Not enough water lines, not enough wells, not enough this, not enough that.

Everyday construction of homes and businesses is adding up to less and less water. At the rate this is going, within 10 years there will be no water. We will have to have catch basins in our back yards to catch the rainwater, or have the water trucked in. There will be water towers everywhere, visible for miles and miles.

We will not be known as the lightning capital any longer. We will be known as the water tower capital. Hernando County and Florida Water have got to take some serious action now to do what is needed. Get new water lines installed. Dig new wells. Get our water flowing again before it's too late.
-- Michael J. Kowalik, Spring Hill

Don't lump 'all' schools together

Editor: I am an eighth-grader at West Hernando Middle School. I have been going to WHMS for three years. I don't know what nonsense is going on in every school, but I definitely know it doesn't go on at WHMS.

I must admit our school is one of the cleanest, well-thought-out schools I see around here. Our teachers are great; our campus is spotless, and students are all very well-behaved.

I think everyone should stop saying it goes on in "all" schools, because it doesn't. I know every school may have problems, but sexual harassment is not one at WHMS.

If you would like to say something bad about our school, I think you should come and visit our school. My fellow students and I agree that a few bad students shouldn't give an entire school a bad name.
-- JoLynn Perrone, Weeki Wachee

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