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Today's Letters: Just live and let live

Published April 6, 2007


March 9: Assisted living home opens in Brandon

Just live and let live

I have been keeping up with the Bee Home assisted-living facility in Brandon, and it seems like this has become a writing contest and one side doesn't realize they won't win.

The opponents have already spent more than 20 hours of the taxpayers' money and aggravated many people on this subject. They have been told repeatedly that state law allows assisted-living facilities to be in residential areas.

Assisted-living facilities are permitted in residential areas for many reasons. As time goes by, we will see more of them going up in residential communities as the baby boomers age.

For those of you who think that assisted-living facilities should not be allowed in neighborhoods, embrace this thought: A small assisted-living facility would be where I would want to go rather than a large institution.

I would feel like I was at home, not just a number in an old folks' home. I would want to go out and smell the roses without the neighbors looking at me with suspicious eyes.

Where one lives is a personal choice. What one does for a living is also a personal choice.

My question is why Bee Home owner Kevin Eastman is being personally attacked for his occupation or where he resides.

If he has the required licenses, that is the end of the conversation. Live and let live.

A.J. Castellano, St. Petersburg

March 30: County fair gets grounds

Stealing a rural lifestyle

The Hillsborough County Fair is being placed smack in the middle of a rural area where residents have enjoyed their current lifestyle for decades and decades.

These people did not want the fairgrounds built on this land (at State Road 60 and Sydney Washer Road) because of its intrusive nature.

This undeveloped area in Dover has been very important to the neighbors - adults as well as children - for horseback riding. But those people who have been ignored once again in the name of progress were not at all mentioned in your article. How easy it is to forget these inconvenienced individuals who don't fit into the selfish plans of the self-serving who acquire backing from the necessary influential people who get things done.

This fair could have continued to be held at Raymond James Stadium, but they wanted their own site so they could "have their own identity" at the expense of longtime residents.

What has happened in eastern and southern Hillsborough County over the last decade is deplorable. The people seeking a rural lifestyle have been stomped on continuously by developers and the Hillsborough County Commission. Their lifestyle has effectively been stolen from them so developers can make countless dollars while paving over Mother Nature.

It is shameful how the commissioners have allowed these people to be treated.

Everyone I know is extremely happy (former County Commissioner) Ronda Storms is gone, but they are unfortunately expecting much of the same from Al Higginbotham and everyone else who comes after him.

Bill Wilson, Tampa

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