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Palmieri's gibes showed lack of class

Letters to the Editor
Published September 18, 2005


Re: Commissioner quits; chairwoman irked, Sept. 14 Times.

First, let me say that I think whenever anyone serves his community voluntarily he should always be commended for his unselfish commitment and that, of course, includes all of the Hernando County planning and zoning commissioners.

It takes a very special person to provide a service for which he is not paid and yet be held to public scrutiny, and I applaud each and every one of the planning and zoning commissioners for their service.

Having said that, I think it is important to realize that Nick Nicholson has given seven years of his time to the P&Z and was honored to serve. His decision to resign was extremely difficult and came with a great deal of trepidation.

Perhaps I am somewhat biased since I am his executive assistant at Nicholson Engineering. What many people might not realize is that he continued to serve and give 100 percent even when he was not feeling well, and I believe his fellow commissioners knew that.

For Commissioner Anthony Palmieri to make his shameful remarks about Mr. Nicholson was quite insulting and mean. Being a fellow commissioner, it would have been much nicer if he just would have wished Mr. Nicholson well and left it at that.

Perhaps Mr. Palmieri needs to listen to his own words, "Some people grow up and some people grow older, I'll put it that way." Where do you fall Mr. Palmieri, growing up or growing older? You should be ashamed of yourself!


-- Sharon A. Dellasso, Spring Hill

Adoptees should have access to information

Re: Years of shame and guilt, now openness and honor, Sept. 13 Times.

I was glad to read this article and to learn of another birth parent who has reached out toward the daughter he lost to adoption. But your article neglects to mention how he or his natural daughter feel about openness in adoption.

Learning that his daughter is going to work to promote adoption - especially if that is in Florida, where sealed records are the norm and no movement toward more progressive adoption practices is evident - is scary to those of us who are adopted.

Florida's governor and his family have close ties to a large private adoption agency (in Gladney, Texas) that is a major funder of the Washington lobbyists who continue to work to keep adoptees from having access to having their original birth certificates.

I would be cheered to hear that the Rev. Dwight Wolter and his daughter planned to expend some effort toward adoption reform and making a reunion like the one they experienced possible for all of us who are separated from birth relatives by adoption.


-- Ann Wilmer, national coordinator, Green Ribbon Campaign for Open Records