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Robinson negates the voting process

Published February 23, 2007


I have been following the story on Nancy Robinson's fight for the Hernando County Commission seat in District 2. It really makes me wonder what is so important about this position that she is trying to get it back, no matter the cost.

Clearly Rose Rocco fairly won the position with the people's vote. The bigger issue is the fact that Robinson is attempting to undermine America's voting procedure. The people have spoken and elected Rocco.

I applaud the judges' rulings so far and sincerely hope they continue to look at the larger picture of what effect this case could have on voting in America. I am a registered voter and I want my vote to count.

As for Robinson, it makes me wonder why she is so desperate to have the position. It is obvious she does not care what the voters want, which is a terrible position to be in for an elected official.

I hope that if Robinson ever runs for an office again, the newspapers will again publicize her inability to accept defeat. She has lost my vote forever.

Diane Overbeek, Hernando Beach


Study Hickory Hill plan closely

As a concerned Hernando County resident, I try to stay on top of current events so I can make informed choices when deciding on who to vote for to lead our county. I would like to see future generations proud to live here due to educational, as well as employment, opportunities close to our homesteads.

News of the proposed Hickory Hill community has basically become a daily read. There are opponents, proponents and everything in between. An opinion is certainly had by all. Some suggest there are commissioners who already have made up their minds regarding this project.

That being said, along with the fact that the final hearing will not be held until April, there have been previous hearings that supposedly generated info to make Hickory Hill a better final plan. To my knowledge, there have been no approvals or denials committed by any commissioner. I certainly hope all commissioners will keep an open mind regarding this project and will base their final decision on accurate information, not public opinion polls.

I look forward to reading the staff report and basing my decision on all information.

Robert I. Lewis, Brooksville


Mom thanks fire captain for caring 

Re: Fire officer's career forged as teen Feb. 21 story:

I found it very refreshing to find a story on the front page of the newspaper acknowledging one of our many public service workers for his hard work and dedication to his profession and service to the people of Spring Hill. I enjoyed it even more because I know Kenny Wannen, and agree wholeheartedly with the comments made by Spring Hill Fire Rescue District Chief J.J. Morrison.

Kenny was instrumental in mentoring my son, first through the Explorer Program and now as a fellow firefighter for Spring Hill Fire Rescue.

I first met Kenny when he responded to my home for a 911 call for my mom, who was dying from cancer. I had never met him before that, but my son always spoke so highly of him. He turned to me and said, "Mom, this is Kenny."

His true concern and compassion was evident and sincere and it was apparent he loved his job and did it well. His hard work and dedication have earned him the respect and admiration of his superiors, his fellow firefighters/paramedics and his community. He truly earned his promotion to captain and I am confident he will continue to grow in the department.

I would like to thank him for his guidance and the support he gave to my son in helping him achieve his dream of being a firefighter/EMT and paramedic.

Mary Babino, Spring Hill


Taking the long way back home

As I was riding my bike recently approaching the bike path in Spring Hill at the Anderson Snow Complex, a bike rider with a couple of pieces of hard luggage on the rear and rolled-up luggage in the front of his bike was going the same direction that I was. He was probably 300 feet ahead of me by the time I reached the path. It was windy, so I figured if I could catch up to him, he being a big man, would block the wind and make it easier for me to pedal.

After great exertion on my part I finally caught up to him. As I got close I noticed a sign on the back of his bike that said Alaska to Rhode Island. Being originally from Rhode Island I was curious, so I pulled alongside of him and asked him what part of Rhode Island he was from. I guess he could have been from Alaska, but he was from Lincoln, R.I.

He was now living in Arizona and I would guess he was in his late 30s or early 40s. He told me he had been diagnosed with cancer and received some treatment. He then decided to do something adventurous, so he took a very long bike trip.

He said he met Lance Armstrong in Texas (whom he said is the real thing and very committed to the Lance Armstrong Foundation). I asked him when he expected to get to Rhode Island and he said sometime in May. He was heading to Daytona, where he was going to pick up some work for a couple of weeks. At this point I was going to turn around, so I wished him luck, and he wished me a good day, and we parted company.

Bill Haberlin, Spring Hill

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