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Some people cannot be pleased, but this writer is

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002

Editor: Re: A DAY OFF WELL SPENT, volunteers come to the rescue, Dec. 9 Times.

After reading your article, I wanted to commend Commissioner Diane Rowden and the men who volunteered to help a lady clear debris. Helping others always makes one feel good.

But, as I watched the commission meeting Dec. 10, I was shocked that anyone could be upset about county workers, including a very busy commissioner, donating their own time and talents to help an elderly lady solve a problem.

A lady at the meeting wanted to know why no one has helped her with her problems? I would reply with only one question: Why would anyone volunteer to help someone who threatens and criticizes at every opportunity?

As I viewed the meeting, the perception was some people can never be pleased. There are commissioners who talk a good talk, but there are a very few who turn that talk into actions, like Commissioner Rowden. Good job, Commissioner Rowden.
-- L. Meredith, Spring Hill

Why can't cancer surgery patients donate blood?

Editor: A recent letter by Lucy Coburn of the local blood bank requesting more donor activity brings me to a question no one has answered satisfactorily. If the need is so great, why does the bank refuse blood from cancer patients who have completed successful surgery and are cleared by their doctors and need no medications? Cancer is not contagious.

I had given up to 15 gallons and obviously I gave blood while developing the cancer I had removed in June 2001. When I went to give blood (now that the cancer is gone), they would not take my blood. Why not?

If I hadn't mentioned my surgery, they would have never known and my blood would have been used.

Also, I'm sure there are a number of uses for the blood. I'm sure there is use for my blood. Does anyone have a definitive answer?
-- Boris Stephen, Brooksville

Sign would send message to those bank robber upstarts

Editor: Re: Man robs Spring Hill bank, Dec. 10 Times.

This robber apparently is just breaking into the business. Maybe a sign in the lobby of all banks would discourage these upstarts: "No gun, No note, No Band-Aid, No service."
-- John Albert, Spring Hill

-- Editor's Note: The "Band-Aid Bandit," a wig-wearing criminal who sometimes has a bandage on his face, is suspected in several area bank holdups.
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