The Week in Words

By Times editorial
Published April 8, 2007

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events in Hernando County, in the words of the newsmakers.


"I am as solid as a rock on this. This is the right thing to do. It's about good government and accountability. I hope my fellow commissioners feel the same way."

County Commissioner Dave Russell, on his call to dissolve the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District after ongoing rifts with Hernando County.


"They've lost sight of their role, which is to provide service to the county and the taxpayers of the county. And by losing that, they are becoming a detriment to the taxpayers of the community."

County Commissioner Chris Kingsley, backing Russell's proposed ordinance.


"I've known this gentleman, this officer and this honest man since 1979. He is the kind of person who would literally give you the shirt off his back."

Brooksville City Council member Richard Lewis, on retiring police Chief Ed Tincher.


"It has been a difficult period for me and I know it's been a difficult period for the chief. We're here to shake hands and move on."

Acting Brooksville City Manager Steve Baumgartner, on the retirement announcement of Tincher.


"Every parent in the school should be here. If we don't help our kids now, who's going to take care of us?"

Robb Feltch, whose child attends the Hi-Five Hernando, a program run by Eckerd Youth Alternative, where teachers instruct children on values and behavior.