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Today's Letters: We're stuck with development costs

Published April 24, 2007


We dreamed of retiring on the water and enjoying the fishing, boating and other related activities. In the 1990s we looked hard and came across a small home in Pasco County, on a canal to the Gulf of Mexico. Built in 1970 and never having any improvements, it needed everything re-modeled from inside to out. The area around New Port Richey seemed affordable on our moderate incomes.

We moved in and learned to get along with the long red shag carpet, faded to orange in front of the sliding glass door. We don't have professional incomes, but with saving and working extra, we managed to slowly fix things up after several years. Each year something new: driveway, siding, roof, kitchen, baths, walls, window treatments, flooring, dock, boat lift, and on and on, things got done. Almost all of it we have physically done ourselves over a decade, and it has been very long and hard work.

We are still not finished but in three or four years we will be - just in time for retirement, we hope! We chose Pasco because at the time things were affordable, and we thought we could live here on our lower retirement income. We thought Pasco had responsible leadership, but the decade has proven otherwise.

The "let 'em build anything, anytime, anywhere" attitude has ruined our dream. Unchecked development, which we the citizens pay for, has eroded our dream away, like the developers have eroded away the wilderness.

Development never pays for itself; the citizens always suffer the burden with more taxes, fees and costs. If development took care of itself, shouldn't our taxes, fees and other costs go down? Now the county commissioners are considering a plan for us, the citizens, to pay more for roads with higher gasoline and property taxes.

Why can't the commissioners follow the recommendation of higher impact fees instead of sticking the cost to us citizens again? Why don't impact fees pay for all the problems that growth causes?

The way things are going with fees, taxes, insurance and development costs, I don't see how we are going to make our dream come true, the same dream I am sure many other people have.

Ken Snow, New Port Richey


Academic records should matter too  

Let's put the 'student' back in student-athlete April 22 C.T. Bowen column

I agree with Mr. Bowen in that he comes out strong for education before athletics for students.

The sportswriters always inform us that "Slippery Rock" was trounced by "Pebble Creek" and continued their losing streak to 15 straight games.

This analogy can cover many schools who have losing records but maintain high performance and standards in their studies. The losing coaches who maintain these standards have to suffer from the writings of sportswriters critical of their coaching style.

Many coaches are indeed great coaches and maintain high standards like the losing coaches, but often they have been blessed with coaching at a school in an area that provides the type of students who excel in studies and on the field.

The must-win attitude begins in Little League and continues through college, and that attitude has not changed in years.

Van E. Vergetis, Holiday


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