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Who pays for sheriff's no-show?

Letters to the Editor
Published October 1, 2006

Re: Sheriff's a no show, Sept. 28

So what's the problem here? Who do the taxpayers charge for wasted court costs? Do we charge the Sheriff's Office or the Clerk of Circuit Court for the court costs associated with Randall Kernan's speeding citation? Someone should pay the court fees, as would Kernan if in fact he was found guilty.

So the court issues an incomplete subpoena to the Sheriff's Office. Does that make the subpoena invalid? Is that subpoena then sent to the "not my job" person to figure out who to point the finger at?

I would hope the court would not issue a subpoena to an empty courtroom on a Sunday, and I would hope the Sheriff's Office would treat every issued subpoena as a legal document worthy of issuing to its intended recipient.

As a taxpaying citizen of Pasco County, I expect professionalism at all levels of government. I expect that legal matters be handled appropriately, and that any person not performing their jobs be reprimanded or relieved as required. It is an extreme disappointment that I have to write this letter and express myself in this manner; however, these are our elected officials who need to be held responsible for their department's actions.

Mark Spafford, Land O'Lakes

Running Sheriff's Office is more than ticket writing

Re: Sheriff's budget? Still more fat to cut, Sept. 29 letter

I'm glad to see letter writer Richard Welch knows what taxpayers want. Unfortunately, writing traffic tickets as he states is not the only thing taxpayers want. While no law enforcement official can be everywhere to see everything, it is quite apparent that even though Pasco has experienced double digit population growth crime has not followed at the same pace.

We in Pasco still enjoy one of the safest counties in the state, served by some of the most professional and courteous law enforcement officers in the state. While I will admit that some of Sheriff White's budget needs to be trimmed, overall he has far exceeded the performance of his predecessors and brought a higher level of professionalism to the office he holds.

If Mr. Welch wants to run for sheriff as he so states, I hope he prepares himself to answer the tough questions from voters like me, whom he thinks want nothing but traffic enforcement. Maybe running for office will give Mr. Welch a much-needed lesson in humility.

Scott Factor, New Port Richey

Drug prevention programs available in county schools

Re: Strong bonds needed to battle drug use, Sept. 27 letter

I agree that the family and community must join together to provide young people the skills necessary to resist drug use, but I am compelled to address the issue of prevention in our schools.

Prevention and intervention programs are present in schools. In Pasco County, students receive prevention education and skill training in several ways including the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, Too Good For Drugs, Gang Resistance Education and Training, Developmental Guidance lessons focused specifically on substance prevention, and through the science and health curriculums and life management classes.

Intervention programs are available for students in need. In Pasco County, we have formed a community anti-drug coalition, designed to bring people together to become part of the solution. For information about this community partnership or to join, contact Paula Green at (727) 835-4166. Please get involved.

Sherri Dunham, Land O'Lakes

Legislators won't fix crisis if insurance lobby owns them

I am rather disappointed that Sen. Mike Fasano speaks of grants to pay half on the insurance hikes. I was under the impression that Fasano and Rep. John Legg were working very hard to fix the insurance dilemma we all share in our county and state.

The only way to fix the insurance dilemma is to get the insurance companies out of the pockets of our elected and future officials and representatives. The insurance companies are depositing hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns.

I believe that the incumbents will try to use the fact in their election that they "tried" to help us at no avail.

This problem starts with the top and needs to be addressed immediately. When 4,100 homes are in default in Pasco County there is something wrong. Granted, not all are due to the insurance problem some have other issues, but it is a bad day when someone has to give up their home.

Your home is the biggest investment one can make in their life time and to see it go down the drain because of a political game between insurance companies and politicians - that is the cherry picking.

Elisa Williams, Hudson


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