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Projects are good for east of county

Letters to the Editor
Published February 16, 2007


I am quite certain I am in the minority in this county. I was born and raised here. In my 30-plus years I have seen plenty of change. The entire face of Hernando County on the west side has exploded in that time. Most of the sand hills of what is known as Spring Hill are covered with rooftops and, of course, what went hand in hand with those rooftops is commercial businesses, schools and parks, and jobs.

I live at the intersection of Lockhart Road and State Road 50. I know that growth is now coming to the east side of the county and, quite frankly, I am surprised it has not happened before now.

Just down the road from my home many developments are planned. I support them. I particularly support planned communities, and the proposed Hickory Hill project is proposing something that I see as different from anything in Hernando County.

While I doubt my wife and I would ever be able to afford to live in a place with homes that are of such high quality, I realize those types of homes are owned by people who might own their own business or hold a very good job as a professional.

As we read in the newspaper, expensive homes carry with them a hefty property tax bill. Since the project is private, most of that tax money can be used for improvements in this area to roads, schools and parks, the things the west side of the county has been enjoying. It is time we had some of the same benefits over here.

My wife and I are expecting our first child, a boy, any day now. He is not going to grow up in a county like I knew. It is going to be better. I want quality developments like Hickory Hill on the east side of the county so he can go to new and better schools and not have to be bused all the way into town. I want my wife to be able to do her shopping for our needs nearby. Finally, I want the opportunity for him to have a shot at a good job without having to leave the area.

That is why I support Hickory Hill and I think the people in this area should, too!

Jason Stafford, Brooksville


Dog owners have responsibility, too 

Re: Driver could have at least said sorry, letter to the editor, Feb. 13

Why should the driver apologize for hitting a dog that some irresponsible person allowed to run loose?

About a year ago I was driving down a busy street when out of nowhere a little pooch decided to play chicken with my vehicle. Due to oncoming traffic I wasn't able to swerve to avoid hitting the little darling. Doing the right thing, I pulled over, as did the driver behind me. We walked over to the little dog and the gent lifted it for examination. Though bleeding some through the mouth, the dog was still breathing, though it appeared to be in shock.

I started heading up the driveway of the house that the dog darted into the street from as people from across the street came out. A woman started screaming and refused to take the dog from the gent holding it. As more family members exited, the attention turned toward me as the guilty party. Both the gent and I agreed it was time to leave before it got too ugly.

Forty-five minutes later the law is banging on my door and I was informed that I could be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. I followed Hernando's finest to the crime scene and only got off because the dog's owner was informed that if he pressed charges, he would be cited for allowing the dog to run loose.

Bottom line: I will think twice about stopping again when someone's beloved animal decides to play chicken, and will not apologize.

Walter Kozak, Spring Hill


Cranes could have been saved 

Re: Loss of cranes a major blow to recovery effort, editorial, Feb. 7

During the day on Feb. 1, all our local and national TV stations were forecasting a strong cold front passing through our area during the overnight hours with a strong possibility of accompanying heavy rain, high winds and coastal flooding. Additional warnings were issued of possible tornadoes, and tornado watch and warning "boxes" were posted all over the northern/central Florida weather map. It was clearly evident this area would be in for a rough night.

So, where was the Operation Migration staff at this time? Why weren't they at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge early in the day moving the whooping cranes to a safe location, or at least removing the netting over the cranes' pen so they could escape in the event of an emergency?

Those in charge of OM who are entrusted with the well-being of these birds, who have so much invested in time, energy, money and true dedication to save the species, were asleep at the wheel.

There is no justification for losing these magnificent birds to the storm. The birds drowned; they were not blown apart by a tornado. They could have been saved, had the people they depended on had the minimal foresight to take steps to prevent this tragedy.

Sophia Facciabella, Homosassa

[Last modified February 16, 2007, 06:44:00]

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