Today's Letters: Hickory Hill will cost public dearly

Published May 8, 2007

How long does it take to change the minds of Hernando County commissioners after an election? The answer is six months.

Shame on you, Commissioners Rose Rocco and Chris Kingsley, and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Anthony Palmieri. It is apparent that the special interests who control the politicians' decisions are alive and well in Hernando County. Apparently, only one commissioner maintained her position related to Hickory Hill and that was for political reasons, as well.

It is beyond my comprehension how the commissioners can approve such a project. In spite of all the promises made by Sierra Properties, the infrastructure burden will be carried by the taxpayers of Hernando County. I wonder how many accountants are sitting on our commission. It is apparent they lack the intelligence, knowledge and discerning ability to see the truth. The costs associated with this development overshadow the benefits, both in dollars and environmental costs.

Let's face it; developers are in business to make profits and politicians are in the business to spend the money of taxpayers.

Did you ever hear the expression you can't put 10 pounds of sugar in a 5-pound bag? This is exactly what will happen when developments such as Hickory Hill are approved. The precedent needs to be set today. All of the positive letters from supporters of Hickory Hill have their own agenda most likely they will benefit financially from this development. Those of us who have no special interest in Hickory Hill only desire to see managed growth preserving the natural environment.

We are called the Nature Coast. If you want to experience sprawl move to Fort Lauderdale.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill


Traffic, low-wage, think Wal-Mart 

Re: Wal-Mart would add convenience April 30 letter to the editor

In response to Gerald Bruzdewicz's comments about Wal-Mart being a good thing, I'm under the impression this individual thinks a 20-minute drive to the store on Cortez Boulevard is an inconvenience because the traffic is as bad as on U.S. 19. What does he think is going to happen to Barclay Avenue? What happens when the traffic is closer to his home?

He talks about new jobs being created. New minimum-wage jobs are not what this county needs. Have you checked into the massive revolving door of employees this company seems to generate? This greedy company does not care about the homeowners in the area.

I agree with with F. Novak's comments about our water shortage and how this won't affect the landscape Wal-Mart will create (and water every day). We should be encouraging better-paying jobs in our area. We're full up on retail stores.

How about a Chuck E. Cheese for the kids?

James Caulkett, Spring Hill


Premium holy oil needed at school 

Re: FCAT scores vary widely April 26 story

I was disappointed to read that Brooksville Elementary School appeared to have the lowest scores among Hernando County's elementary schools on the writing portion of the FCAT.

I remember reading that Principa Ledoux annointed students' desks with holy oil prior to testing. I believe this was intended to raise students' scores. It now appears to have failed miserably.

As all things in public education seem to be victims of cost cutting, I was wondering about the specific brand and grade of the holy oil she used. Was it subject to this cost cutting budget? Wouldn't it make sense to use a premium grade of prayer oil before testing begins next year?

I believe that materials for our children's education should have priority over cheaper substitutes.

Ken Eaton, Lake Lindsey