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Today's Letters: Unchecked growth the real problem

Published March 28, 2007


One lazy deputy is one too many March 22 letter

I find it sad that the letter writer has directed his frustrations at our deputies by accusing them of being lazy. I would challenge the letter writer to examine the rapid changes that have occurred in our county and re-examine his position.

First, while our County Commission has allowed rapid and unplanned growth in our county, the population has increased exponentially to the staffing increase at the Sheriff's Office. Any request for a staffing increase from the sheriff results in political backlash from our commissioners, usually from the ones who are responsible for our unchecked growth. This has resulted in our deputies shifting from proactive law enforcement to reactive law enforcement, spending most of their shift running from one service call to the next. They are not ignoring the traffic problem, rather they are en route to another call and cannot stop to deal with the traffic problem.

Second, the Sheriff's Office has deputies for just traffic detail. I see them everyday, on motorcycles and in cars. The reality is that these people cannot be everywhere all of the time, nor would I want them to be. I do not live in a free America to wish for a police state. However, they are admittedly spread thin because of the population explosion in our county.

If the letter writer wishes to find the source of our lifestyle deterioration, I suggest he look toward the sitting District 3 commissioner, who has voted yes for every development project proposed in her more than 20 years as a commissioner. What the letter writer sees is lack of planning, vision, and discipline on the part of our commission, not laziness on the part of our deputies.

Scott Factor, New Port Richey

One lazy deputy is one too many March 22 letter

Traffic violations difficult to miss

I agree that some sheriff's deputies are either lazy or totally oblivious to flagrant traffic violations. Speeding, red light running, tailgating, aggressive weaving in and out of traffic, etc. seem to be the rule on U.S. 19 and Little Road, not isolated occurrences.

I have witnessed all of those things while sheriff vehicles were in the immediate vicinity. The deputies would have had to be blind not to observe them.

In addition, some deputies, themselves, do not obey the rules of the road. A great many deputies fail to use turn signals or pass unsafely, etc. If they were on call and were using emergency lights or sirens, it would be excusable. However, these deputies were obviously on patrol but not on call. What kind of example are they showing to citizens?

Dorothyann Reilly, Port Richey

One lazy deputy is one too many March 22 letter

Deputies often on prior assignment

A recent letter writer complained that a deputy did not stop those who were tailgating, speeding, cutting in and out and other dangerous actions.

He referred to the "lazy" deputy, and castigated him for not taking action.

Being a retired police officer with 36 years of service, I would like to inform the letter writer that often times officers do observe traffic violations and do not take any action because they have been dispatched to assignments that need their attention.

I would like to pose a question to the letter writer. When he calls for a deputy for a nonemergency response to his home, would he like a quick response to his problem or would he prefer to have the deputies stop traffic violators, which I agree are many, and delay their time of arrival to his home?

There are thousands of traffic violators on the streets in Florida and it would take an army of deputies to arrest those who violate.

Van E. Vergetis, Holiday

One lazy deputy is one too many March 22 letter

Check out how busy deputies are

I was appalled by this letter. How untrue these statements are! If you really think our deputies sit around all day or all night and twiddle their thumbs, why don't you get on a computer and go to, then click on "active calls" on the left. After you do that, then tell me our deputies are lazy!

We have some of the finest deputies of any county around.

May God forgive the letter writer.

Heather Brand, Port Richey

Fireworks ban needs rethinking

I am a lifelong resident of Pasco County (Land O' Lakes) and this is to voice my opinion on what our county commissioners would like to do on fireworks.

Pasco County would like to extremely limit the sale of fireworks items and completely ban fireworks sales from tent locations. The county's goal is to have a new ordinance in place by July Fourth and fully implemented by the new year.

By doing this, they are not considering what the general population (you or I) would or would not like. They are taking the voices of the few to mean that is what everyone wants. The real complaints voiced to the commissioners involved noise complaints and debris after the fact. There has been nothing to date that indicates any public safety issues are at stake, as the proposed ordinance alleges.

The "fireworks" ordinance, such as the one proposed, will not bring about a magical cure for "fireworks problems." Both Pinellas and Polk counties have noted that their banning of certain types of consumer fireworks within their jurisdictions has not decreased the use of those fireworks. People simply buy them elsewhere and bring them back to be used at their homes.

The fireworks industry brings a lot of money to this county. For example, they utilize county residents to operate the sales locations and sell the merchandise, pay building/lot rent to the owners of each location, pay taxes on each item sold, not to mention the advertising billboards, radio stations, newspapers and rental companies. The county really needs to think about the people who work at these places and depend on the income that fireworks sales generates.

Robin Gertson, Land O' Lakes

Editor loses job over columns March 21

One target is glad columnist is gone

As one of Mr. Gary Hatrick's former targets, I am relieved to hear of his recent firing. Mr. Hatrick believes he is 100 percent right 100 percent of the time; no other opinions are welcome!

When I asked him to cancel my subscription because I did not care for the tenor of the op-ed page, his response was to attack me in another op-ed piece. I'm glad his self-righteousness has finally caught up with him. I'm anxious to see what Zephyrhills News is like without him.

Gerald Barnes, Zephyrhills

Hire promoter for New Port Richey March 22 letter

Events help draw people downtown

Right on to the letter writer. His thoughts on how to get people to downtown New Port Richey are exactly right.

I am a snowbird here in New Port Richey. I have often echoed those same thoughts to my wife and friends. I am saying this because I do just that in Buffalo, N.Y. We have a series of free shows every summer at Artpark that are huge draws to the area of Lewiston, N.Y. The restaurants and shops love what we do. It really perks things up. Make use of that beautiful Sims park.

This year, we have America, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Dickey Betts, Hootie and the Blowfish, Pat Benatar, the Little River Band, Coco Montoya, C J Chenier, Pure Prairie League and more. All free and all sponsor driven.

You could always charge a small fee to help with expenses. I think fancy street lights and a railroad car are just not enough reason for downtown foot traffic.

Anthony Marfione New Port Richey

So, where did you park? March 26

Fiesta parade coverage lacking

First thing Sunday morning I grabbed my St. Petersburg Times and went to the Pasco section to see all the coverage of our great Chasco Fiesta parade. Nothing!

I guess the reporter didn't drink enough water and couldn't make it back for press time. We did make it in Monday's paper; but unfortunately with a very negative headline.

No mention of all the non-profit groups that benefit from the fiesta. No mention of the three park and rides available; anyone looking for a space need only go to one of the many empty parking lots within walking distance of the parade.

Oh and by the way, if you are going to continue future coverage of our parade, Spell krewe with a k please!

Lois E. Robinson, New Port Richey

Animal Control? Yeah, sure, right

I have read the articles on the cat stuck up in the tree and the response from Pasco Animal Control on how that situation was incorrectly handled.

What a joke.

I live in Pasco County, and find it very hard to believe that there is Animal Control in existence. Everywhere I go in Pasco, the place is overrun with cats. Hundreds of them run wild.

What Animal Control or Humane Society would allow this situation to get so out of hand?

There are no controls over animal population whatsoever and then to make such a big deal over a cat in heat stuck up a tree is just ludicrous.

Carmela Nistico, New Port Richey

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