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Wind machines are nothing more than urban sprawl

Letters to the Editor
Published October 1, 2006


Re: Energy is in the air, Sept. 21

The article relates extensively to the legions of huge wind machines beginning to assert themselves across Spain. They are everywhere (even in the United States). And we thought cell towers were visibly obnoxious. Can you imagine what the effect will be on low-flying birds? The visage of a naturally vegetated, naturally carved landscape is ruined by what is no less than urban sprawl by any name. These monsters are just that, and the power generation they are part of are interim answers, to boot. Ridiculous.

Hal Cusick, Tierra Verde

Don't buy the labor shortage, America

Re: Labor shortage hits home in California, Sept. 23

I have never written to a paper before venting on any issue, but this one really did it. The pear growers offering workers $150 per day or more for harvesting their crops - but couldn't find anyone to pay because the illegal Mexican migrant workers weren't allowed to come over.

Then adding the photo of the owner of Scully Packing Co. holding her head because so many pears were rejected, all because of stepped-up border enforcement.

There were no day laborers in the United States willing to accept $150 per day to pick pears? What a farce. Wake up, America. This is what the media want you to believe.

Marge Gamble, Largo

If you're fed up with high insurance, join the rally

Re: Rising homeowners insurance

I am tired of property insurance premiums increasing by 100 to 400 percent.

Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties are in the top five counties for insurance premiums in Florida. I represent a nonpolitical, nonpartisan, grass roots group that is fighting to get our insane insurance premiums lowered in Florida. HAC (Homeowners Against Citizens) is committed to fighting these insane rate increases we are seeing. If you want your voice to be heard, please come to our rally at the Pasco County Government Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This is not a county issue. It is a Florida issue, and we intend to keep fighting until we see rates lowered to a reasonable, affordable amount! You can get more information on our Web site at www.hacfl.org.

Virginia Stevans, New Port Richey

president, HAC Florida

Wal-Mart is making a mistake by ending layaway

Re: Wal-Mart ends layaway, Sept. 15

I worked for Wal-Mart for three years and I think they will lose a lot of money not having layaway. I worked in layaway and at Christmas it got crazy. But it was fun to me. Now that I do not work there, I use layaway all the time. In the town I live in, many people use it and they are very mad about Wal-Mart's decision.

Laura Maguire, Marion, Va.

Common sense on nuclear plants under fire again

Re: Nuke plant safety in dispute, Sept. 19

For more than 30 years, this country's energy supply has been hamstrung by irrational fears of atomic energy. While other countries proceeded to build nuclear power plants that reduced dependence on imported oil and reduced atmospheric pollution, shrill statements by antinuclear activists succeeded in blocking construction of plants in this country.

Now that common sense has prevailed and we are again planning to build nuclear plants, the "Union of Concerned Scientists" has come out of the woodwork with its litany of fear-mongering. I think it is time for someone to study these ecohobbyists and find out what type of scientists they really are, and how much experience they have in nuclear power production. Anyone can stand on the outside and conjecture about imaginary hazards, but I would rather trust current industry management and government regulators more than these naysayers.

Robert A. Stanton, Seminole