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Going backward into the future

Published January 31, 2007


As the founder and president of RESORCE Recycling Club, I've stayed very busy the past four years trying to get Pasco County residents and administration to bring our county to the same level of recycling as other counties I've lived in, Alachua great recycling program, and the other counties surrounding that have a better program than ours: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Hernando. I joined the Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Committee for the same reason, figuring I'd get the latest information on what was happening with solid waste in Pasco and help make intelligent, progressive decisions regarding any solid waste issues.

It seems that as our committee was spending volunteer time trying to get final approval from the County Commissioners for the very successful pilot recycling program, which just ended last fall, our paid county administration was meeting with a private businessman who may open a huge landfill near Dade City.

Funny, our committee was never invited to this meeting. Not only is that a farce but I truly thought our county officials were not just stewards of the bottom line financially, but also stewards of our county health and progress. They should watch out for Pasco's best interests now and also 50 years from now. We aren't supposed to be going backward in our progress!

A 100- to possibly 679-acre landfill is Neanderthal. This is the 21st century; everyone in the country is starting to think green.

Yes, Gallagher and commissioners, go ahead and make us look backward again. First, we couldn't have the regular bin recycling program like all the northern residents were used to. Now instead of being progressive, we just go the route of "let's dig a huge hole right over the aquifer, throw our trash in it, cover it with plastic and let it sit in the middle of all of our planned future subdivisions, schools, etc."

Let the people 100 years from now be concerned with a leaking liner, an uncontrollable stench and 679 acres of land no one will be able to do anything with.

Call your commissioners at 727-847-8100 or e-mail them at Tell them what you keep telling us: You want to have what everyone else has, an efficient recycling program and a government that takes responsibility for building a beautiful, efficient incinerator and keeping it up to pace with the county's growth.

If expanding it is what we need to do then do it. It will cost money, we know that. Do what's right and use it, plan it and work it the way it needs to be done.

Monica Dear, New Port Richey


A first choice, not an alternative 

Sorry surprises School Board Jan. 29 story

Jeff Solochek wrote, "The punishment for the 16-year-old Land O'Lakes High student? Ten days of out-of-school suspension followed by placement at the Marchman Technical Education Center for the rest of the school year."

As a member of the staff at Marchman Technical Education Center, I am offended that you would make reference to our school in such a way to infer that it is an alternative school for students suspended from their base schools. And then, leave it at that.

Marchman is definitely not an alternative school. It offers 16 vocational programs for high school students who wish to learn a trade rather go on to college. Our students not only receive their high school diploma, but also get a certificate of completion. We at Marchman feel that it is an honor to attend Marchman, and many of our classes have waiting lists. Our programs provide hands-on experience with, in many cases, job-placement upon graduation.

I invite you to attend our open house 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Perhaps you will see the wonderful opportunities we have to offer Pasco students and, understand my need to defend Marchman Technical Education Center.

Nancy Davidson, Hudson


Lucky to have great libraries

We who live in Pasco County are extremely fortunate to have our fine library system, one which does such an outstanding job of putting its resources to work to meet and anticipate community needs and interests. Its talented and energetic professional staff create and successfully run programs serving all ages and interests. They also continue to increase the variety of those programs and expand the number and range of participants.

It's no surprise Pasco's library system has drawn statewide and national attention, praise, and awards for its innovative ideas and programs. Such recognition is well deserved.

As Friends of the Hudson Regional Library, we have seen an amazing range of activities provided by our library. Just during the month of December, there were nine different programs for adults attended by 121. During that month special programs for youth and teens attracted 958. These numbers are typical year round. Summer programs for youth and teens have gained in popularity, each year attracting greater numbers of young people. The most basic traditional function of the library is still providing information to the community. And in one December week alone, the Hudson Library's circulation of books and other materials amounted to 12,692 items, borrowed by 7,594 people.

Pasco County presently has seven libraries, two of which will be reopened soon, after having undergone extensive renovation and expansion. Similar projects will be necessary to update some of the other libraries. But we also need to look to the future as Pasco continues to set new records in population growth, and new centers of population density are taking shape. The need for new libraries will grow simultaneously. In Pasco, we recognize the degree to which a library is unique in being able to serve so well as the community focal point and provide excellent programs and services for all ages, needs, and interests.

Nola Branche and Athena Cone, Friends of the Hudson Regional Library


Writer owes book lover an apology 

Writer's likeness is out of place Jan. 24 letter

If the letter writer who wrote, "The real Jan Glidewell would never hold a book" was not being facetious, then he certainly wrote about something of which he knows nothing.

Jan has been a close friend for 30 years. He is the most voracious reader I have ever known. Jan never left home without books. Left unattended for any amount of time, he would have a book in his hands. And yes, it had words, not just pictures and he would be reading.

His personal library is one of his great joys; his only problem is how to live long enough to read every book. I think there are very few people with whom Jan couldn't have conversation because of lack of knowledge of whatever the subject might be.

The letter writer said he had "never seen the first hint of scholarship in anything Jan wrote." The writer is just unable to recognize the superior sense of humor and vast amount of intelligence and knowledge Jan possesses.

If the writer is not enormously embarrassed, he should be and owes Mr. Glidewell a colossal apology!

Donna L. Beall, San Antonio

[Last modified January 30, 2007, 23:21:09]

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