Today's Letters: Action needed on sewage plant odor
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published April 4, 2007
How much longer are Hernando Beach residents, as well as merchants in the Osowaw Boulevard and U.S. 19 area, going to put up with the stench emitting from the sewage plant at that location.
Last week, I stood in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot just south of the sewage plant and was overcome by the terrible odor of sewage. I queried several people in the parking lot as to their thoughts on the odor. They all agreed the county should do something about it. "It's terrible," most said.
You can walk out of the Publix supermarket at Pinehurst Drive and U. S. 19 and if the wind is out of the west the smell knocks you down.
There are many homes for sale in Hernando Beach and I wonder if potential buyers are turned off when they drive by the sewage plant on their way to and from the area.
Some of my visiting friends have asked why residents don't do something about it. My only answer: "We have complained but no one pays any attention." The county merely pays lip service, stating over the last three years "we are taking measures to control and eliminate the problem." To date, I have seen no evidence of that.
The Hernando Beach area has a property owners association. I call on it to address this problem and work toward some solution with the county.
Michael Jordan, Hernando Beach
Re: Official isn't sure if she's still one, March 31 story.
Rules don't apply to this fire district
Everybody is pointing fingers as to how Spring Hill Fire Rescue District Commissioner Margaret Perreira stayed on the fire board after her term expired. For starters, when Perreira was appointed by the Hernando County Commission she was given a certificate of appointment which has an expiration date of November 2006. I also believe Chief J.J. Morrison received a copy of the same certificate with the same date.
From what I have heard, one could come to one of two possible conclusions:
1. Perreira and Morrison never took the time to read the appointment certificate. Similar to the way some of the fire commissioners vote.
2. The administration was well aware of the expiration date, but figured no one would notice. (That is the typical attitude at the fire district.)
Why not have an attitude? It seems whenever Spring Hill Fire Rescue is in the trick bag, no one in Brooksville has the backbone to rectify the situation.
On Tuesday, I read the newspaper only to find another blunder at the fire district (Late billing only adds to fire district's woes). Our clerk of the circuit court has found that the fire district is 90 days in arrears on its ambulance billing.
Let's look at the broad picture. The fire district has just refurbished Station 3 to the tune of $1.3-million. Yes, I said refurbished, not built new. It just purchased a brand new giant ladder truck for $800,000. One would think that after spending this much money funds would be low and the bills would go out even quicker. No sir, not with Spring Hill Fire Rescue. It has so much money it can keep spending and spending and spending. After all, the taxpayers in Spring Hill have deep pockets. Why not spend it?
It is such a relief to know that last year the County Commission passed an ordinance to oversee the fire district. Unfortunately, it's not worth the paper it was written on.
Robert Kanner, Brooksville
Editor's note: Kanner is a former Spring Hill fire commissioner.
Re: Attacks during vigil are sickening, March 29 letter to the editor.
Some protesters are out of hand
I read the letter from Deron Mikal, in which he expressed outrage about the confrontation between a veteran and war protesters. While I agree that such behavior is not acceptable, I wonder nonetheless if Mr. Mikal and his like-minded residents feel the same way about the protesters who spit on returning soldiers, vandalize the offices of congressmen who do not support their position, and the burning of effigies of servicemen? (The latter happened this past weekend in Portland.)
The truth is that these war protesters are getting more insane with their tactics, with many of them now going for the theory that 9/11 was a government plot and calling the president a Nazi, and that their rights are being taken away. How can anyone take them seriously?
In fact, I am surprised that more returning veterans haven't punched out a protester.
Peter Stathis, Spring Hill
Re: The cost of water, and the sure way to conserve it.
Halt development till crisis is solved
So, you want to move to Hernando County? You want to invest in building a home, a business or a development here?
You have seen the high property taxes, the ridiculously high insurance rates and the ever-rising environmental impact fees. Just wait until you see the cost for water and the ever-growing restrictions. You'll think utility rates, sewer, trash, telephone, cable, satellite, Internet, licensing and other building permit fees are a bargain - unless, of course, you've lived or done business in just about anywhere else in these beautiful United States.
I think if the county was really serious about conserving water it would halt all development that triggers more water usage, until it finds a way to manufacture potable water at a monetary cost that the poorest amongst us can afford.
Or else, the beautiful, lush-green lawns won't be the only things drying up or triggering government fines, once the government discovers how much money it can add to its coffers. Government officials won't be the ones praying for rain, or balancing either their budget or the limited resources of water to better serve residents already in need. Think about it.
Mike Farahay, Weeki Wachee
Health insurance restriction absurd
Recently I had a gut-wrenching illustration of how a health insurance company restricts coverage for prescription medication for no good reason, except to save money for the company.
I went to my local pharmacy, presented my prescription and was told my insurance company wouldn't cover the medication, Prevacid, because I was too old. My doctor had told me I needed this medication so I ordered it. It cost $177.99 for 30 pills, about $3 each.
On calling my insurance company, I was told that their coverage for this drug was restricted to patients "less than 1 year of age." I was flabbergasted and said this restriction was completely ridiculous and this medication is routinely recommended and prescribed for adults. My complaint call was totally unsuccessful; all the complaint supervisor would do was to say that a documented report would be prepared.
It is apparent to me that the consumer in these matters has no power to correct these ridiculous situations and that the insurance companies will go on inventing and enforcing ridiculous rules for their policies and coverage of prescription drugs.
William M. Crane, Spring Hill
Get involved in cancer walk
"I just had to do it."
This is a quote from a breast cancer survivor who had just completed the American Cancer Society 5K Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
The ACS is gearing up for its fifth annual walk Oct. 20 at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. It is not too early to get involved.
This year, more than 13,350 women in Florida will be diagnosed with breast cancer and every three hours one woman in Florida will die from this disease. It can impact all of our loved ones: moms, sisters, wives, daughters, aunts and even men can get breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society's mission is to eliminate cancer and provide a better quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and families. It does this through research, education, advocacy and service for cancer patients and their families.
With the help of dedicated citizens, the ACS has funded many researchers early in their careers and 40 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Funding also provides patient services to those in need within the county.
Although strides have been made, there is still much to do. Funds raised during the Oct. 20 walk help the ACS make a difference. You, too, can help make a difference: Sign up as a team leader, become a sponsor, serve on a committee or help spread the word in your newsletter. There is no entrance fee to become involved in his walk.E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free at (800) 940-1969, ext. 105, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I hope you will feel as I did after the first walk when the woman who had just finished radiation responded, "I just had to do it." The bravery of the survivors and their drive to stamp out this disease keeps me involved. I hope you will feel the same.
Pat Mulieri, Gowers Corner
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