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Will taxpayers pay twice for one 911 call?

Letters to the Editor
Published June 29, 2005

As a resident and taxpayer in the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District, and with the understanding that the fire district is not going to use the new Hernando County Emergency Operations Center's dispatchers, as all other agencies do, does that mean that I will be taxed for two dispatching centers that do the same thing?

I understand that 911 calls go first to the EOC then are forwarded to Spring Hill Fire Rescue dispatch if the emergency is in the Spring Hill district. This is valuable time lost.

-- Bob Boutcher, Spring Hill

Provide coverage of more levels of county sports action

Re: South Florida's LePage is considering transfer, June 23 Times:

I appreciate sports correspondent Larry Bugg's giving us crucial information regarding the potential transfer of Citrus County resident Alycia LePage to North Carolina State - so much so that it filled 50 percent of one page. Although I wish Ms. LePage nothing but success, I fail to see the relevance of this sports story in Hernando County, especially with so many local sports stories occurring on a weekly basis.

I know that covering a district T-ball or other type of tournament is probably below the journalistic skills of your sports writers, but I think that your readers would love to see sports stories that cover our children, grandchildren and friends.

Currently there are several district baseball tournaments completed, with others such as minors, majors, and boys yet to be played - not counting softball. These Hernando County teams draw from a pool of more than 1,000 kids countywide, with each one coming from a family that thrives on seeing their kids compete and, more important, seeing them go out each week to have a great time.

Perhaps you have missed all of those local vehicles sporting Hernando Youth League numbers, names and good-luck slogans?

Local sports are strong throughout the summer; perhaps we will see you at the ballpark - or not.

-- Patrick Skipper, Brooksville


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