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Masaryktown's future is at stake

Published December 10, 2006


On Wednesday, a rezoning petition that will have only negative effects on the community of Masaryktown is going before the Hernando County Commission for a vote. If this rezoning is approved, it will set a precedent for commercial use in a residential neighborhood and will trigger the commercialization of Roosevelt Avenue and the west side of Broad Street. It will also establish commercial rezoning on Palacky and Mudron, as the property in question is the entire block of Broad-Palacky-Roosevelt-Mudron. The only people who will benefit from this are the property owners who plan to sell it as soon as they get the rezoning, and the Realtors.

Masaryktown is a quiet, residential community that many people continue to move to. New houses continue to be built, and many older homes are bought and renovated. It's also a historic town and retains that small-town sense of community. Commercialization will eat away at that bit by bit.

Soon there will be a major shopping center on County Line Road just east of the Suncoast Parkway that will have a major supermarket chain and many other stores. This location is less then 2 miles from the center of Masaryktown. So why do we need commercial rezoning, and possibly strip centers, in our residential neighborhood when this project has already been approved?

I hope to see everyone who cares about the future of Masaryktown at this meeting. It is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the County Commission chambers in downtown Brooksville. Your presence does make a difference. The commissioners can't do what the public wants if you're not there to tell them.

Jo Anne Flynn, Masaryktown

'Teaching to test' argument wrong

Re: Teaching to the test is wrong and must go, Dec. 1 guest column

The main point of the "teaching to the test is wrong" advocates is that if we teach to the test, that's all students learn. That simply is not true.

As long as we have the FCAT or things like it, teachers will teach to the test to some degree. That's just to be expected. But the next step in the "teaching to the test must go" argument is that the test itself must go. This overlooks the unmistakable fact that public education, especially that without definite standards of learning and accountability, is abysmal.

Just about the only profession that doesn't want accountability is the teaching profession. Comments in the "teaching to the test is wrong and must go" vein should be interpreted that way.

Ernest Lane, Trinity


FCAT problem is not a myth

I guess former Citrus County Teacher of the Year Greg Biance missed Gov. Jeb Bush's interview when he said, "Teaching to the FCAT is a myth." Well, it is not a myth, and I agree with everything Mr. Biance said.

I am only sorry quality teachers like him are leaving the profession because of the simplistic solutions politicians like the Bush brothers have forced upon education. Best wishes to you, Greg.

Jean McNary, Dade City


Mom is grateful for good deed

The other day my boyfriend, our 8-month-old son and I were grabbing a few supplies to take out to Pine Island to watch the sunset. After a busy day of shopping and running around, we wanted a special moment with our boy.

We were at the Winn-Dixie on the corner of Stare Road 50 and U.S. 19 waiting to pay at the service desk. An older woman was in front of us. She handed me a coupon that came with her receipt for some Winnie the Pooh books, and I thanked her for it. I went up to pay for my stuff, and the cashier told me that the woman had left $20 to pay for our food. She was long gone, so there was no chance to thank her.

I always say I never win anything, but honestly I was so touched by her random act of kindness that it meant much more to me than if I had won $1,000 in some contest. I want to thank her, since there is no other way, and I just hope she reads the newspaper.

I also continued on her good deed with one of my own (granted, a small one, since we are a young family trying to make it). What she did for us that day gave me a great feeling. Hopefully, more people will reach out like this, and not only in the month of December. What an even better community Hernando County could become!

Jennifer Geles, Brooksville

[Last modified December 9, 2006, 21:07:14]

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