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Editor: On behalf of the PACE Pasco Center for Girls, I wish to thank you for your strong editorial supporting continuing and expanding the PACE program in Florida. As a mental health professional, I can tell you it is the finest program of its kind that I have ever seen. PACE works!
I have been on the PACE Board of Directors since its inception in Pasco. I have seen the girls go through the program, turn themselves around and become useful citizens once again. They even come back after finishing to encourage the other girls to stick with the program.
PACE is a very valuable program to Florida. It saves the state far more money than it costs. It's such a good program that former Attorney General Janet Reno called it the best program of its kind in the United States. It is so good it was awarded the prestigious Pat Summerall Productions Champions of Industry award, an award won by NASA the year before. Thank you for helping make the public and our legislators aware of the need for this fine program.
-- Dr. Lois Mueller, president, PACE Pasco Board of Directors
Thanks, Wal-Mart, for Holiday store
Editor: Thank you, Wal-Mart. Thank you for selecting Holiday as a Supercenter site.
This means I will not have to travel 6 miles to Ridge Road on U.S. 19 to shop and have my auto serviced. This means less traffic from Holiday and Tarpon Springs to Ridge Road or State Road 54's Wal-Mart, another 6 or so miles away.
With a Super Wal-Mart just minutes away, my property value will increase. I'm really not concerned about extra traffic because each Super Wal-Mart: Beacon Woods, Ridge Road, State Road 54 and Holiday will now become a local Super Center and will not be pulling shoppers from miles away. Convenience is now a key word.
The ones who seem to complain the loudest about increased traffic came here from someplace else and then bad-mouth those who moved here after them. If Pasco is so bad, let them move back from where they came. We younger ones like it just find and embrace progress.
-- Gerard R. Beaupre, Holiday
Animal Control ignoring stray cats
Re: Microchips can save pets' lives, Feb. 25 letter
Editor: It was mentioned that the microchips in cats and dogs were not being scanned although the county has the scanners to do this. My dealings with Animal Control have been most disappointing and fruitless.
I and my neighbors have contacted them on numerous occasions regarding a large (and multiplying) cat problem we have in our park because of an uncooperative neighbor who feeds all these strays.
According to state law, if a person feeds these strays and keeps at it, they are supposed to care for them and see to it that they have shots. Upon calling Animal Control, I was told they could not do anything. If I wanted to, I could trap these strays and bring them in to them. These strays are dirty and sickly, and it is not my job to trap them. We also do not want to have them in our yards or in contact with our own pets.
We had a similar situation a few years ago with sickly raccoons. It's time someone made sure that Animal Control does its job.
-- Patricia Beck, Port Richey
Rally a reminder of a special friend
Editor: Now that there is the annual breast cancer awareness rally coming up, it makes me very aware of the special friend in Norma Tujetsch.
We have been friends for more than 40 years; but 21 years ago on New Year's Eve, Norma was rushed to Community Hospital, where she underwent surgery and had a total mastectomy done. To this day, she has had no recurrence of the dreaded cancer that takes too many of our family members and friends.
Norma has continued to work within the family business and raise three well-rounded children and has been the rock to help her family and friends. I feel she needs to be acknowledged as one of our finest citizens as well as a true and fortunate cancer survivor. Norma, we as your friends and family are so very proud of you.
-- Ruth Vanderclock, New Port Richey
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