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Today's Letters: Speeders must be stopped, arrested

Published April 12, 2007


When are we ever going to get real law enforcement in Hernando County? You see it every day: four or five cars running through red lights and a sheriff's deputy sitting at the intersection, but they will not stop them .

The same for speeders and people who will not stop at stop signs. It's getting out of control. I hope the law-abiding people of this county will pull together next time Sheriff Rich Nugent tries to keep his job (as a do-nothing sheriff) and find someone who will take control of this department and make these deputies do their jobs instead of sitting around in parking lots shooting the breeze.

If you want to be in law enforcement, put your heart into it and do the job.

Bruce Jolly, Brooksville

Stand up to save your fire district

Residents of Spring Hill, for the past 30 years, have elected a board that is tasked with running the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District. Members of our board are elected by the residents of Spring Hill and not the county as a whole. The residents of Spring Hill fully fund the district through our municipal services benefit unit. Each and every tax dollar from each Spring Hill resident goes to and remains within our fire district.

Over the course of the past 10 years, our fire district has made tremendous progress raising the level of service for our residents and providing for the safety of our first responders. Our fire board has invested wisely in both acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and professional firefighters and paramedics. Our fire district has funded this effort through tax dollars collected from our residents and invested within our district.

It now appears that the Hernando County Commission has decided that its governing process will be one of "we know better than you what's best for you." The commission is attempting to take away our fire district and bring it totally under county control by dismissing the fire commissioners we elected to represent us.

Once under county control they will be free to manipulate the personnel and reallocate the equipment that was purchased with the tax dollars collected from Spring Hill residents. The residents of Spring Hill would be very naive to believe claims that the county will leave everything in place, which includes our tax dollars.

It is time for the residents of Spring Hill to stand up to the commission and stop it from taking away our fire district.

Mark T. Hopkins, Spring Hill

Hickory Hill will be a disadvantage

I would like to express my extreme displeasure with the proposed Hickory Hill housing development. Has anyone driven U.S. 41 from County Line Road to State Road 50 of late? Try Anderson Snow Road and Barclay to SR 50, or out Elgin Boulevard or Powell Road. The density of these communities in just these areas has an ever-increasing impact on our natural resources and our ability to provide services for our residents.

The developers speak of nothing but advantages. But advantages for whom? The housing for moderate- and lower-income folks is lost in the rush to grab land by the developers for the profit they seek for themselves.

I do hope you will consider the effect this proposal will have on the long-range planning for Hernando County.

Gerri Harrington, Spring Hill

Famed tableau leaps from canvas April 5 story

Coverage gave tableau big boost

As the director of the Maundy Thursday Tableau, Is it I, Lord, which was presented on April 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Spring Hill, I would like to express our appreciation to the St. Petersburg Times for the excellent article written by Beth Gray with photographs by Julia Kumari Drapkin.

It a great article and helped us attract a larger audience than usual. It was a real pleasure to work with such professional journalists.

Patrick R. McCulloch, Spring Hill

Your voice counts

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Letters may be edited for clarity, taste, length and accuracy. We regret that not all letters can be printed.

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