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Today's Letters: Move meeting to larger room

Published March 9, 2007


Re: Search timetable questioned, March 6 story:

I read with interest the article concerning the hiring of the new superintendent of schools. It's wonderful how quickly things are progressing in that area, and I'm delighted the public will be invited to the reception for the final list of candidates on March 14. It is surprising, though, that it is being held in the School Board meeting room.

I have to assume that with such an important decision weighing in, the School Board meeting room cannot possibly accommodate the people anticipated to attend. After all, for all those people who want to go back to an elected superintendent, this will be their only time to meet the candidates and decide who their choice will be.

And for the parents and grandparents of children in the school system, this is the time to have their input into the single-most important person to affect their child's life for the next few years.

And for county taxpayers who will pay this individual's salary with their tax dollars, I would think they would want to show up to meet these candidates.

So, I'm suggesting that it's not too late to move this important reception to a larger hall that can accommodate the influx of people who should be planning to attend the reception.

Hope to see everyone there.

Sherry Pedonesi, Brooksville

Re: Search timetable questioned, March 6 story:

The reason behind the board's rush

Some members of the Hernando School Board want to rush the appointment of the next superintendent. Such could mean having another superintendent in retirement-mode disinclined to delegate tasks, meet with parents and community and implement the board's decisions as intended.

The reason for such haste is clear. The board needs business acumen for it to deal effectively and efficiently with many problems beyond classroom teaching. Instead, it has an ex-teacher majority membership.

The electorate should distinguish between putting on the board those with training and experience in management and finance, and choosing winners of a popularity contest.

James A. Willan, Brooksville

Re: Magnet schools out of rezoning, March 8 story:

Leaving magnets alone a wise move

The Hernando County School Board needs to address the over-crowding problems by building more schools and not by using the "Band-Aid" approach to force magnet schools into public institutions.

I applaud board members Jim Malcolm, Pat Fagan and Sandra Nicholson for supporting the magnet school program, and saying to other board members with their own agendas that democracy was served Tuesday night via a vote. Just because you didn't get your way doesn't make it a dictatorship; it just sounds like sour grapes.

I, like many other parents, will remember their attempts to eliminate the successful magnet school programs when they come up for re-election.

Lori Lee, Brooksville

County doesn't seem to care

This letter is about the decision to make Elgin Boulevard a four-lane road. We live with our parents, Frank Sr. (87) and Dorothy (83) Trott. The Feb. 27 Hernando County Commission meeting was supposed to start at 9 a.m. It kept getting postponed later and later. Finally, at 2:15 in the afternoon, it started.

The meeting started with Charles Mixson giving all his (professional) opinions of why the road should go in his way (four lanes). But we all know that this is big business and a developer or construction company thinks about their wallet. Commissioner Diane Rowden threw out the idea about Elgin being one way and Springwood being the other way, and Mixson said again in his "professional opinion" that his suggestion would be the less disruptive.

We don't feel that way. Our parents retired here to Spring Hill in 1981 to their Deltona-built home, which they had custom designed to their liking. Through the years they upgraded all the appliances, flooring, windows, landscaping and much more. They watched generations of their children and grandchildren grow in the house. Some rooms have notches on the doors of grandchildren's heights. These folks have it very hard just getting along day to day, without the hassle of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Whatever happened to the community standing up for what was right?

At the meeting, we explained why we want to stay in our home of 27 years; Dad got up and stated his side. He was very unsteady and confused. This is very heart wrenching. A few other people got up and stated their cases.

We got a card from Gary Kuhl, county administrator, saying to call him and set up a private meeting. We got home and called after a few hours and set up a meeting for March 8. We switched all our parents' doctors' visits. Took care of our mother (days earlier she had a pacemaker put in) and talked about the court day.

The next morning at 10 a.m. the administrator's secretary called us and canceled all of the meetings and said it wasn't in any of the administrator's areas and there was nothing to do.

Is this the American way? You are good enough to fight for your country, go to Iwo Jima and support your local community in any way you can. But your good county commissioners are nice enough to stab you in the back, make you get rid of your home, probably profit from your loss and say it is best for everyone.

But is it best for everyone? We don't think so. What if it was your home? Your parents' home? Grandparents' home? Kids' home? Who cares? No one.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Trott,

Spring Hill

Re: The aging woman: smoothing out some of the rough spots, March 8 story:

Botox article gave wrong impression

I was offended by the article on Botox. It implied that nurse practitioners need to have a doctor directly on premises to safely administer Botox. This is an absurd and abusively demeaning statement.

I am a nurse practitioner who safely administers quality procedures. Legally in Florida, all nurse practitioners have a supervising physician with general supervision who is not on the premises at all times. A protocol is filed at the state level both to the board of nursing and board of medicine. I am well-educated with a master's degree in nursing from the University of Florida. Nurse practitioner training includes extensive anatomy and physiology.

As for the safety concerns stated by the noted dermatologist, such as the ability to care for bruising, bleeding, allergic reaction and fainting, an advanced registered nurse practitioner is qualified to handle such situations without a physician present.

It is extremely important for the public to understand nurses are extensively trained to be patient advocates, therefore they are the least likely candidates to use a black market Botox. It was not a nurse, it was a doctor who purchased and used black market Botox.

An interesting political side note is that the Florida Legislature is one of the last three states in our country to pass narcotic prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners. All other states in our country have passed legislation to allow nurse practitioners to safely prescribe basic pain control to their patients. It is a group of dermatologists in Florida who strongly lobby against this. The main motivation seems to be to control of another profession hidden in an unjustifiable concern of patient safety.

As a nurse practitioner who routinely treats urgent care patients, this is a demeaning hindrance that colleagues in other states do routinely. In Florida, I can safely order the appropriate X-ray, diagnosis the fracture and splint a broken arm, but I cannot prescribe a narcotic pain medication.

The physicians in Hernando County are supportive of nurse practitioners and utilize our services to provide care to the citizens of our county. It outrages me that an article demeaning the nurse practitioner profession was published in your paper.

I would appreciate an article focusing on the nurse practitioner profession. This would allow our community to be appropriately informed about their health care providers. You can research our profession at

Stacie Laviano, Spring Hill

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