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Make all new developments provide the infrastructure


Published February 15, 2004

Editor: The Hernando County School District has now reported that most every school campus is crowded beyond capacity, and more schools and classrooms are needed.

Sections of Spring Hill have water pressure problems. One engineering firm reported that there was a problem with availability and pressure. Another study by the same engineering firm reported there was no problem and plenty of water.

What and who do we believe? Of course, the end results of many engineering studies usually tend to favor the group that orders it and is paying the bill.

Traffic also is becoming a problem and probably is related to poor development planning. Most of these problems appear to be related to fast, uncontrollable growth.

Maybe it's time the Hernando County commissioners establish a program that would require all developers and builders of new developments to provide the necessary infrastructure, i.e. proper roads, schools and utilities, before giving approval. These problems should not be placed on the shoulders of existing taxpaying residents.


-- Eugene H. Fontana, Spring Hill

Use remaining school funds for classrooms

Re: Do math on tax plan, Feb. 8 Times:

I voted for, and was elated to see, Nature Coast Technical High School built with the just-ended sales tax proceeds, and was going to vote for the proposed increase, too. However, after reading an article last month about the use of the remaining money from the tax, I have changed my mind and will vote no.

Several parents want the funds to be used to build athletic fields and other related projects at the school. While I am all for athletics, we must set priorities. With the School Board telling us of the necessity to build more schools and how many portables are now in use, these funds would be put to better use building more classrooms.

How convenient for the board to postpone the issue until after we vote on the tax referendum! That leads me to believe they have made up their minds and don't want us to know the final decision until after the vote.

I'm sure more than $1-million would assist greatly to build more classrooms.


-- Frank Sevick, Spring Hill

Veterans Party can present another voice

Re: Parishioners trying to impose extreme views on county, Feb. 8 letter to the editor:

Editor: Jim Webb, in his letter on the separation of church and state, reminds me again that he is a polished writer who understands public policy and the separation between progressive and conservative politics. I always look forward to his contributions to the Times opinion pages, as well as to the contributions of editor of editorials Jeff Webb, whose deep understanding of public policy ripples far into community concerns.

Still, there are scores whose grasp of these issues may be vague. It is to these citizens, as well as those politically astute, that I might recommend the newly formed Veterans Party, whose issues are clear, whose mandate is clear and whose efforts in the formation of an independent party from St. Petersburg has reached well into Florida and on to seven other states.

Talk to VFW Post 10209 Commander Ed Noll and he will convince you of the need to get our county registered as soon as possible. The Veterans Party, as an independent political party, could field local, state and national candidates before the deadline. Issues could be structured for the good of the community and a visible Veterans Party candidate could do more to sell the concept of joining than any other single factor.

Enthusiasm for a Veterans Party is everywhere among veterans who want to be counted in the process. Votes count. Many elections are won by a single vote, as history will recount.

Take a few minutes with Noll for a little arm-twisting on the subject.


-- Deron Mikal, Brooksville

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