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Gamblers could help fund storm insurance

Letters to the Editor
Published August 11, 2006

Las Vegas-style casino gambling could help solve the insurance crisis in Florida. Eleven states benefit from full-scale casino gambling through taxes on this industry.

If we allowed casinos on American Indian lands, we could reap a percentage of the profits and use them to establish a state reinsurance fund for all catastrophes from hurricanes.

Florida allows gambling on horses, dogs and jai alai, and poker, slot machines, bingo and lottery tickets. But, somehow, politicians think that playing blackjack, roulette and craps is morally wrong and would attract criminal elements. I don't think that citizens living in states like Washington, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Mississippi, Wisconsin, etc., are any less morally responsible than folks living in nongambling states. People who like gaming are going to get on gambling boats, travel to other states or play on the Internet. So why not capture that money for the state of Florida?

When voters receive their next insurance bill, often more than $4,000 in nonflood zones, I'll bet they would reconsider their vote on casinos if it were tied to reinsurance. We have to do something or the state of Florida and its citizens will go bankrupt.

Judy Braak, Bayonet Point

Port Richey must offer tax breaks or dissolve

Re: City's handle on the ax short, Aug. 8 editorial

Somebody with short-term memory loss wrote the referenced editorial. In April the look of Port Richey City Council was drastically changed by a record voter turnout.

Don't you remember why?

Let me remind you.

The candidates (subsequent winners) of the election ran on a platform of lowering taxes.

But more importantly, each one had been correctly reported but incorrectly criticized for signing a petition giving the citizens the right to vote on the future of the city. If you feel that the municipality has value, you better get on board. The citizens of Port Richey will either get tax breaks or vote to dissolve the city.

Your scare tactic of insurance premiums increasing is reminiscent of the tactics played by the losers of the last election. The card they played, "save our police," fell on deaf ears.

Frankly, the need for a police force for an area this small, and the costs associated with it, need to be the first thing looked at.

In today's state of Florida standards, Port Richey could not even be a city. Once again, as in the elections, you seem to be out of touch with your readers.

P.S.: Updated impact fees are not an option.

Amy K. Scott, Port Richey

Thanks to all who helped with backpack giveaway

On Aug. 5, the Saturday before Pasco County schools opened for classes, family members representing over 500 preregistered children were outfitted with backpacks brimming with school supplies.

The collected supplies were donated by residents living in east Pasco County.

Organized in the manner of our Toys for Tots toy drive, drop box collection sites were strategically placed throughout the community.

Also assisting us with the distribution were our many faithful volunteers. Together we combined to lend a helping hand to many of Pasco's most deserving children.

After our Saturday distribution, an abundant amount of additional school supplies were then donated directly to area Title One schools throughout east Pasco.

It is with great joy and hope for the future that I commend all the many folks involved in donating, collecting, sorting and distributing our collected school supplies.

Once again many caring folks of our fair community rallied to face this enormous challenge.

Special thanks to Anna Fulk, Sue Hilton and Carol Sanborn, whose dexterous leadership and organization skills never faltered.

It is a pleasure to have the great honor of working with you three concerned community leaders.

Once again, through our collective actions, we have made a positive impact on the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents, our precious children.

We are determined to help make the playing field just a bit more level for the Pasco children that live in abject poverty.

Our stated mission is: to provide all our children their opportunity to experience the American dream!

Bob Loring, Zephyrhills

[Last modified August 11, 2006, 06:44:40]

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