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Letters to the Editors

Civic association teaches lesson on abuse of power


© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002

Editor: This letter is to the paid members and board members of the Forest Lakes Civic Association.

You certainly taught our 15-year old son a good lesson in civics, morality and justice at your association meeting. He was able to witness firsthand what happens when you give certain people too much power. And how abuse of that power is a dangerous enemy of democracy.

He learned that in the right setting, group mentality can be one-sided and condescending and that the expression "My game, my rules" can hold a lot of weight.

That when you pay a uniformed Pasco deputy to stand at the door for the sake of intimidation, and have another table by the door manned by someone with a list of "paid members in good standing" and go as far as to refuse other homeowners who were willing to pay their dues right then and there to gain access, including Corrina Gourlay, the mother of the foster family in question, and the news media, it can make for a pretty uneven playing field.

He saw his parents ask questions, but be given only two minutes to speak, before they were ordered to sit down because their two minutes were up, and told that this meeting would not tolerate any further discussion of the pending litigation.

He also learned that sometimes when you videotape adults acting like children playing dress-up, they can become very nervous and catty. Don't worry dear neighbors, the tape was for my own enjoyment only. So I can have a constant reminder that one voice can make a difference, and that if you don't stand up for what you believe in then you are no better than those you oppose.

Just remember, son, if you fight the good fight, justice sooner or later will prevail, and that is the very valuable lesson that you learned.
-- Therese Morelli,Port Richey

Commission should review ordinance and its impact

Editor: The County Commission's ordinance will put more adult businesses in industrial areas around New York Avenue in Hudson, where there are senior citizens parks and apartments with children. This is a bad influence.

Adding to this is the possibility of allowing these businesses liquor licenses.

I, as a resident of a senior park off New York Avenue, object to this ordinance and suggest the commission review the whole situation.
-- Carole Gault, Hudson

Looking at nudity issue while wearing blinders

Editor: How can people say nudity doesn't mean immoral?

Evidently, you can tell they do not read the Bible and are blind to God's word. They should open the Bible and read what God says about nudity or nakedness.

People call it "naturist." God calls it sin.

I truly feel sorry for all these people, young and old. They are truly blinded. I am praying for them all.
-- Edith Suggs, Hudson

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