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Today's Letters: Brown-Waite is doing her best

Published March 20, 2007


Brown-Waite is a hypocrite March 14 letter

The letter was a disappointment to read. It criticizes and openly blames U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite for the deplorable conditions regarding the Veterans Affairs hospitals. I personally wonder if she had been informed by any veterans or members of their families about these conditions before their public exposure. Making her responsible is like a husband and wife, who are having marital problems, blaming the minister who married them.

Regarding: "She also supports sending the flag-covered caskets of our slain warriors home in the dark of night, forbidding the public the right to honor these brave souls under the guise of 'respect to the family.' "

There are two choices and one has to be made. Are the caskets in Iraq loaded on a plane in the dark to arrive in daylight hours in the United States, or are they loaded in the daylight in Iraq and unloaded at night? Maybe the answer is to let the plane sit with the caskets on the runway until it becomes daylight so the news media can take pictures.

Let these soldiers and their families have the dignity of their last meeting together without the fanfare of a media circus. Each of these soldier's remains and interment is handled as the family wishes. It is their moment of grief. Leave them alone.

Regarding: "She has a box full of medals that she is just jumping to present in front of some press photographer." Each and every medal that she has presented was probably done so at the request of a veteran or his or her family. I don't honestly think she has a staff that goes to veterans organizations and says, "Hey, fellows, Rep. Virginia Brown-Waite has a box of medals to give away. Get in line so she can get her picture in the paper."

This recognition is for the veteran and their families. I wonder if Rep. Brown-Waite's critics would be happier if the janitors of the local VFW or American Legion organizations made the presentations.

There are a lot of our representatives in Washington who respect Rep. Brown-Waite for what she is doing for the veterans. Many are doing what she is doing. If you lived in those representatives' districts you would read of it also and respect those elected officials for honoring our veterans in a very small way.

A veteran never dies - he has his medals and memories that he shares with friends and family.

Incidentally, I am of the opposite political party of Rep. Brown-Waite.

Joseph Bolivard, Zephyrhills

Speeding sure to lead to tragedy

I wanted readers in the Beacon Square area to know that we should start making some noise about the increasing speeds of traffic traveling down Moog Road and on the Strauber Memorial Highway. Anyone who saw the horrific accident Saturday on Moog Road knows how out of control this problem is.

There are bus stops all along Moog Road during the week. Had Saturday's accident taken place during the week, it would have been at a bus stop!

I pray that the men in the accident Saturday are going to be okay. I just hope this wakes up the residents on Moog Road and here in Beacon Square before one of our kids gets hurt waiting for a bus.

I can hear nightly, from my house, motorcycles and cars screaming up Strauber. Cars are turning off Strauber on to Moog and speeding right up Moog.

Speed bumps would be a nice and cost-effective way of closing down the Moog Road drag strip.

Gary Knuth, Holiday

Residents plead: Stop the growth March 18 letter

Don't let county lose rural charm

Hooray for letter writer Christine Nelson! She had the best letter/article in the entire Sunday paper.

I sometimes wonder if my month-old great-granddaughter will be able to find a tree still standing in Pasco County when she grows up.

It is getting to be a sorry sight. This is paradise lost.

Gene Hills, Hudson

Bowman Road needs repairs

I agree that Bowman Road should be repaved. The potholes are like craters, and it is very dangerous when drivers are looking to avoid them and are swerving back and forth into oncoming traffic.

The road is used a lot and should be repaved before a serious accident occurs. We have to use Bowman Road every day to get to our home and are well aware of the deterioration of this highway.

Richard Ball, Spring Hill

Taxpayers don't like to fund propaganda March 15 C.T. Bowen column

Officials' photos would do no harm

Once again C.T. Bowen's column misses the mark. I think I am finally beginning to understand why. It is because C.T. Bowen simply can't help himself. He doesn't have the guts to put himself out there and run for public office. He certainly doesn't have the desire to do the hard work of coming up with solutions to make our government run better. Instead, he is content to sit back and armchair criticize others who, despite imperfections, at least put themselves out there and give it a try.

How much of a difference survey cards will make in the big picture is certainly debatable. But the effort appears valid: Officials are seeking a method to procure feedback from visitors to county offices to try to improve the quality of our government's services.

Based on my own dealings with the county, I would have to say there is definitely room for improvement.

What C.T. Bowen fails to understand is that winning elections is about building name recognition, not facial recognition. Pictures do not build name recognition, names do. There is no picture on the ballot at election time. And it makes sense to put the name of an elected official on the comment card so that visitors know whom to contact should they have a concern. Furthermore, there is no way of ever knowing whether visitors are residents or, if so, registered voters or, if so, whether they even vote. Therefore, political gain would be dubious at best and hardly the real motive here, particularly coming from seasoned politicians who know exactly whom they need to target at election time.

Following C.T.'s reasoning, commissioners' names should not appear anywhere because it's propaganda. They should not be listed in government pages of our telephone books. They should not be listed on Penny for Pasco project signs. They should not be listed on tax notices or property appraiser TRIM notices because they would be furthering individual political careers to build name recognition at public expense. I suppose they should not be listed in news articles either. And they certainly should not be listed with a photo on a comment card telling visitors whom to contact should they have a problem with county services. If this is indeed the case, why do you have your photo in your own column?

So who is next on C.T. Bowen's bad-mouth hit list? All I know is it's still a long way to go before the 2008 elections, so stay tuned.

Chuck Kalogianis, New Port Richey

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