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Public apology is great deterrent

Letters to the Editor
Published February 2, 2007


Sorry surprises School Board Jan. 28 story

Congratulations to Judge Walter Schafer for taking action to make these misfit children take some responsibility for their actions.

As far as the school officials and the School Board are concerned, it's about time they stop covering up and protecting this unacceptable behavior. I think making them apologize before the student body for a second offense is a great idea and an absolute deterrent.

And maybe if their names would be published, the parents would wake up and pay more attention to their children's activities and needs.

Lucy Pietsch, New Port Richey


Tornadoes not FEMA territory

The Jan. 31 issue had an article indicating FEMA had refused to award funds to the Pasco homeowners who suffered damages to their homes on Christmas Day. Why on earth was FEMA contacted regarding this matter?

I lived my entire life in Missouri before moving to Florida approximately five years ago. We had tornadoes annually. I never remember anyone asking the federal government or state government for help. The residents carried insurance, paid their deductibles and didn't whine about being on fixed incomes.

Am I sorry the tornado occurred? Of course I am. But we as individuals must assume responsibility, and that includes being able to pay the deductibles on our homeowner's policies.

Shirley Bolli-Youngs, New Port Richey


Tent city residents get help in Pasco

The situation with the tent city people in St. Petersburg is very disturbing. I have been down there to help feed these people and it made me cry.

It's sad that the county of Pinellas isn't trying to do more to help. They are getting more help from Pasco County and some of them have never been here. The owner of Holy Ground, Lisa Barabas, is awesome. She took them food, clothes, water, blankets, shoes, tents and fire extinguishers. She cares about everyone and that is amazing.

We are all God's children and we all need to remember that when we see a homeless person.

Ginger Conklin, Hudson


Pet owner needed to train his dogs 

Pit bulls' path of fear Jan. 28 story

It has taken me a few days to calm down after reading this article and what really set me off was Paul Soprano's statement of having a law against cats. Well, Mr. Soprano, have you heard of a cat killing other pets and attacking people? If you have, please clue me in.

Yes, I agree that if you own a cat, the cat should be kept inside to keep it from harm, but there are those less-than-human people who think nothing of dumping kittens and even puppies with no regard of how they will survive. Then it is people like me who end up feeding those strays because there is nothing worse than seeing a helpless animal starve to death.

I don't like dogs, especially big dogs, but I do not let that interfere with my humanity or animals. On the other hand Mr. Soprano, you have no regard for anyone but yourself and your dogs and don't care if your dogs kill a neighbor's pet because "the dogs were just doing what they do". It is that kind of mentality that this world has come to. Dogs are trained. Know that word?

Linda Avino, Port Richey

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