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If you have any problems with Aloha, speak up

Letters to the Editor
Published May 22, 2005

That the Public Service Commission will survey Aloha customers is good news.

Now, the black water problem has gotten most of the press attention. However, most customers are probably like me: No real black water, but severe other issues such as low water pressure, bad smell, tarnished silverware and so forth.

I may have more of a black water problem than I think I do, but I condition and filter the water so heavily that I might not notice.

I encourage those that receive surveys to complete them and send them back. If you don't have black water, but have other issues, write them down. There's bound to be some sort of general comments block on the survey. Don't overlook the other stuff.

Or, if you're as upset with Aloha as I am, write or e-mail the PSC regarding docket No. 050018. Come to think of it, do that anyway.

-- Ernest Lane, Trinity

Board member's husband makes case for gun safety

Re: Showdown over workers' pay at official's home, May 19

The actions of School Board member Cathi Martin's husband, Ken Martin, have shed light on several previously unanswered questions, in my mind.

First, after wondering if 10-20-life gun crime laws were needed, it becomes clear that our community needs to be protected from violent potential felons who make a decision to take something from another person by force, rather than paying a fair price for it.

Second, since Cathi Martin objected to Bill Bunting installing a gun safety curriculum in our elementary schools, she may now change her mind knowing that she must set a better example for our young people than her husband does.

Third, Ken Martin has proven what Bill Bunting has always said, that people, not guns, are responsible for crimes. Maybe gun control activist Arthur Hayhoe can organize a protest outside Ken Martin's office?

-- Scott Factor, New Port Richey

If memory is at fault, board member should take notes

Re: I hope School Board member Cathi Martin takes notes on what is said and what she says at the board meetings.

I would hate for her poor memory to cause her to make a mistake and cost the voters and students of Pasco County.

-- Ken Walls, New Port Richey

Gun incidents remind writer of new law's pitfalls

Re: Showdown over workers' pay at official's home, May 19

The Times article is quite descriptive of how a dentist fell into an argument with two tree trimmers over payment they demanded and ended up pulling a gun, demanding they leave his property. He may be charged with aggressive assault. The Tampa Tribune reported the same day that a Pasco County worker from the Hazardous Material Facility was arrested because of a road rage incident where he stopped in front of a car and confronted the driver, with whom he apparently was having a dispute, with a gun. He too may be charged with aggravated assault.

I wonder how these two incidents would have turned out under the National Rifle Association's shoot-first, ask-questions-later, self-defense proposal that becomes law Oct. 1? Our Pasco legislators think the law is necessary to assure a safe and sane society. The old self-defense law has worked well and cooled hot heads by demanding retreat from threatening situations, if one could do so safely. Our Legislature quickly passed a new NRA-based self defense law tailored for the man that carries a gun. If you don't carry a gun, best get out of the way!

All you have to do is repeat the NRA's magic words "I felt threatened," just like this dentist was quoted as saying when explaining why he confronted the two men with a gun.

This bill was clearly written for the person with a gun to shield him or her from prosecution. Public safety was not considered.

I would much rather promote a culture of life instead of placing the gun and its aggressive use as our highest moral value.

-- Arthur C. Hayhoe, executive director, Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Wesley Chapel

Source, purpose of recycling data need to be explained

Recent articles indicate a downward trend for recycling in Pasco County. How is the so-called trend line calculated? Aside from sidewalk pickup every two weeks, the county has located drop-off bins for glass, plastics and newspapers. How do results get into the trend line calculation? In addition, many organization have their own drop-off bins, primarily for newspapers. Are these results included?

Many residents do not or can not accumulate their recyclables for a two-week period at home and therefore drop them off at a county or private collection point.

It gets back to the old saying, "Liars can figure and figures can lie." What answer do you want to hear and what is the ultimate use of the answer?

-- George A. Montgomery, New Port Richey

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