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Letters to the Editors

Everyone makes mistakes

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 22, 2002

Editor: Re: Firefighters punished in sex case, Dec. 20 Times.

I am glad the dark cloud over the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District is finally over. The punishments issued are fair and just. As in all organizations, a few do not represent the majority.

As a person who has been involved with fire service in New York all my life, I appreciate what a firefighter does in the line of duty. But I also know they are only human and, like all of us, make mistakes.

It is time to put this away and move on. The people of Spring Hill should be proud they have a fire department with leadership that does not buckle under pressure and is willing to weigh all sides before making decisions, not basing those decisions on what is politically correct but what is morally right.

I had to use SHFR many times for my father before he passed away and there is no finer group of professionals. They were wonderful to my father and to me in our times of emergency.

It takes a special person to become a firefighter or a paramedic, and SHFR has the best. I hope the people of Spring Hill will recognize this for what it is -- a few men who made an error in judgment in their personal lives and are being punished accordingly.
-- Marge McQuade, Spring Hill

Resident upset with fire chief

Editor: Re: Firefighters punished in sex case, Dec. 20 Times.

Well, the administration of the Spring Hill Fire Department has spoken. Maybe this issue is over and maybe not. As I have reserved judgment as was requested early on in regard to this situation, my silence is now being broken.

First, in my circle of friends and acquaintances, our wishes and the good of Spring Hill were never taken into consideration.

Pay attention, Chief J.J. Morrison; this is for you. If you think for one minute that my wife or my daughters, or daughter-in-law will ever end up being transported in one of your EMS modules, think again. You must believe in the tooth fairy if you think I would let any one of these individuals ever lay a hand on one of my female family members.

This whole issue smells like 3-day-old fish.

Take my name off your list of contributors. From now on my car will be gassed and faced out to provide my own emergency transportation.

You must think the residents of Spring Hill are a bunch of mindless fools. Merry Christmas and happy new year.
-- John Kurt Miller, Spring Hill

Board member's attitude wrong

Editor: Re: Teen parent program to expand, Dec. 18 Times:

I would like to know what makes Hernando County School Board member Sandra Nicholson think she is such an expert on child pregnancy. The last time I checked it took two people to create a child. Why does she just condemn the girl?

I guess it's all right for a boy to enter the draft lottery, but let's put a teenage girl in an outside facility like she had some sort of a disease.

We have an award-winning program that needs to be expanded. You would think Nicholson, as a board member, would be encouraging these children to further their educations. Yes, the new school will be fine, but let's put our children first.

And with her attitude toward them she should step down. Of course, she won't, like most politicians in the news today. And, by the way, I don't need you to be proud of the girls. Your job is to educate them, not run a popularity contest.
-- Phillip Martino, Spring Hill

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