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Stabins' hearing faulty on Hickory

Letters to the Editor
Published October 26, 2006


Stabins' hearing faulty on Hickory

Re: Republicans can differ with party, Oct. 25 letter to the editor from Shirley B. Butler:

I have read many letters from Hernando residents praising Hernando County Commissioner Jeff Stabins for having the courage to raise the issue of a supermajority vote for comprehensive plan amendments. Some have even turned it into a partisan issue. Ms. Butler even stated that Stabins "is the new hero for those whose voices have not been heard or recognized."

For a guy who wishes to hear the voices of the unrecognized, then perhaps he needed a hearing aid the day he voted to transmit to the state Department of Community Affairs the proposed amendments in regard to the Hickory Hill subdivision. He apparently didn't have a problem with growth issues then, and he certainly didn't listen to the voices of opposition at that commission meeting.

I think Stabins talks out of both sides of his mouth.

Lori Lee, Brooksville

Spring Hill Fire deserves praise

I am constantly amazed by the many articles in the newspaper about the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District and how negatively they are portrayed. I can't sit by anymore without telling something good that these amazing men have done, which I got to see first-hand. I am a firm believer in always finding something good and I have an amazing story to share.

I work at an office near Spring Hill Drive and Linden Boulevard. I am always amazed how often Spring Hill Fire Rescue Station 3 goes on calls. I hear the sirens all day.

I decided a long time ago that I would try to bring treats to these hard-working men and women as often as I can. On Oct. 21, I brought some sandwiches to Station 3. While I was dropping off these sandwiches, a lady pulled in with an emergency. It was her puppy, Bear. He wasn't breathing from a hard fall and she was scared and upset, so these men took the puppy and began to work to help the puppy and his owner.

One firefighter called the emergency veterinarian and the others started CPR. It was the most touching experience I have ever seen. These hard-working, busy men took time to help a resident with her emergency. Unfortunately, the puppy could not be resuscitated, but as the lady cried, these men stood there, one hugged her, and they all assured her it was okay and that she had definitely done the right thing by getting help. They even offered to bury the puppy for her.

I was amazed at the energy, heart and time these five men put in on a puppy; can you imagine what they would do for a human being? I was touched beyond words by their heroic actions. These five men - Adam, Billy, Dave, Walter, and Capt. Elliott - are a perfect example of what a real firefighter should be. Spring Hill residents should feel safe and proud to have such an amazing fire department. I just wanted to remind everyone of the heroes who work in Spring Hill Fire Rescue, and who are constantly reminded about how awful and unworthy they are by articles in the newspapers, county officials' comments, and the petitions that get spread around.

Maybe it is time that people start finding the positive things that happen around them instead of the negative. Thank firefighters for their hard work and efforts. Every one of them deserve it regardless of the department they work for.

Amy E. Brosnan, Spring Hill

Early voting is under way. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, are eligible to cast ballots. Call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 754-4125 for more information. The Times has published recommendations in all races in which voters must make a choice. The detailed recommendations are available online at Here is a summary of the races on the Hernando County ballot, followed by the name of the candidate recommended by the Times:

U.S. House District 5: Ginny Brown-Waite

State House District, 44: Glenn Claytor

Circuit Judge, Group 29: Edward Scott

Circuit Judge, Group 31: Daniel B. Merritt Jr.

Commission, District 2: Rose Rocco

Commission, District 4: David Russell

School Board, District 1: John Sweeney

School Board, District 3: John Druzbick

Brooksville City Council: Lara Bradburn

Spring Hill Fire Rescue District: Leo Jacobs, Gene Panozzo

Republicans can differ with party

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