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Today's Letters: Few places are left for creatures

Published March 15, 2007


My early morning walk takes me by an area that is being excavated for a new school. Recently, on the bucket of a parked end loader, sat a pair of cardinals wondering very likely where all the trees and shrubbery that used to cover the landscape has gone.

Over the years, I have observed three types of woodpeckers, flickers, morning doves, whip-poor-will, mockingbirds, owls and other small ground birds. There were always a couple of bald eagles and an osprey perched in one of the trees looking for a meal along with any number of wild animals that could be seen that called the wooded area home. For example, one turtle was so large it was almost impossible to lift it over the curb so it could crawl back to its home in the woods.

It's very clear we human beings have destroyed the habitat that once belonged to these creatures. Sure, those that didn't die during the course of excavation will move on to some other location; but at some point in time at the rate our society is expanding, there will not be any wildlife left to be seen and land without trees become a desert.

Dave Meyers, Holiday

Don't buy vehicle without warranty

Buyer beware. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Crossing fingers doesn't help either.

A family member just found out the hard way. He got hooked up with a car dealer, who took him to an auction, where you look around and pick out the car you like and she will bid on it for you. Now you have a great looking car with no warranty.

The car fax even said it was a great car and only 62,000 miles and it cost $9,000.

He drove the car for 2 1/2 weeks and the engine blew up. It was repairable for $4,300, still no warranty. The car is back on the road and he is involved in an accident, there is insurance but not collision. So now the car sits on another lot being charged $20 a day for storage, of course. It is repairable for approximately another $4,300.

My point to this story is if you buy something you like make sure you have a warranty. If it doesn't come with one, buy one. Also, make sure the car has enough insurance or better still go to a reputable car dealership. This car was a 2002 with 62,000 miles on it. It could happen to anyone.

Joan Walsh, Port Richey

Veterans deserve care after service

I am appalled about the medical treatment Timothy Carmack has not received. This is a man who carried out his service in Vietnam, came back with a very serious health problem and is not being taken care of by his government.

Why is this man not being given a 100 percent disability pension? The Veterans Administration should be standing by him. Many others are receiving this benefit and making life much easier with the monthly check that they receive. He wouldn't need to be given handouts from strangers if he had the monthly check.

Our veterans apparently aren't that important once they come home from the battles. According to the St. Petersburg Times and the articles on the condition of our veterans' hospitals, they need a very major overhaul, and someone very responsible overseeing this tragedy. Where are the people in charge?

Lillian Howland, Trinity

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