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Today's Letters: Stop development at Hickory Hill

Letters to the Editor
Published March 12, 2007


Re: Hickory Hill is good for county, Feb. 28 letter to the editor:

Mary Ann DeWitt doesn't live in Spring Lake anymore. I do. Fact is, I've lived on Neff Lake Road for 30 years. Her beloved grandfather, Howard Lewis, was my next-door neighbor.

So, if Ms. DeWitt's historical argument for Hickory Hill matters, then I, too, qualify. Too bad it doesn't.

One of my college courses, many years ago, was economics. Then, my professor stressed one fundamental human trait, that being: When you, as an observer, become befuddled at the strange way people act, "dig deeper, check the economic underlayment, and you'll find the truth."

It's there, sure enough, in Ms. DeWitt's case. She's a real estate guru, and visions of big bucks loom large in her future.

She is not alone, of course, in pro-Hickory Hill development. Like-minded proponents and their hype, they see monetary benefits looming in their future. The cost in human terms is, however, enormous. Unfortunately for my neighbors and me, we are destined to bear the brunt of this venture. Needless to say, we hate it.

And, what is the basis for our dislike? First and foremost, nearly all of us (less one whose grandmother was a Neff), are escapees of growth and its pitfalls. I left Tampa because growth drove me out. The same goes for my neighbors who escaped Brandon, Orlando, Miami and St. Petersburg. Each and every one of us witnessed crime, drugs, traffic jams and chaos.

That, in a nutshell, is why we ask the county commissioners to vote "no" on this outsider's intrusions into Hernando County's rural areas development scheme.

Ted Longman, Brooksville


Hey, look into that talking dog 

Re: Fire negotiations quickly fizzle, March 2 story.

Does Barbara Dupre (Hernando County human resources director) always take her dog along to the meetings?

She said her dog would not talk to her. Since not much else happened at the meeting, maybe staff writer Chandra Broadwater should have made it a little more interesting by finding out if Dupre really has a talking dog. If so, what is his input?

John Albert, Spring Hill


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