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Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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Today's Letters: 'Opt-in' off mark for sinkhole plan
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published May 30, 2007
We are very disappointed that our elected officials pushed for an "opt-in" for sinkhole coverage vs. an "opt-out." Once again our right to choose has been taken away and now everyone will have to follow their choice.
If you want sinkhole coverage or you are required to carry sinkhole coverage by your bank, you will have to buy it at a very high cost, according to the Office of Insurance Regulations press release. No, the Wachovia's and Fannie Mae's of the industry, which have billions in mortgages, won't care. But if you are with a smaller or local bank, you lose. And yes, as one of our elected officials told me, you can move your mortgage to one of those banks. I wonder if he will be paying the closing fees, points, penalties and possible larger interest rates for you.
The rest of the state still gets to choose if this is a savings they need or want, but you no longer have the choice. What next? If having affordable coverage means no coverage for anything that actually can happen, then what are we paying insurance for?
Yes, you can now lower your bill by dropping your wind, sinkhole, contents, increasing your deductible, but what do you have left to be covered for? We at HAC believe that laws could have been changed to get your premiums lowered without losing coverage, or allowing you to choose to have coverage or not. We will continue to fight for lower, fair and reasonable coverage but not at the expense of others and not by taking away coverage you have always had.
We were dubbed "sinkhole alley" long before there were the fraudulent sinkhole claims.
I have never filed a sinkhole claim; I simply care about what will happen to people who take on more risk.
Ginny Stevans, president,
Having Affordable Coverage, New Port Richey
Poor acoustics spoil graduation
My grandson was one of the graduates at River Ridge High School. We sat there in anticipation, but we could not hear the speakers because the acoustics were horrible.
On top of that, if there had been any kind of an emergency we would have been out of luck trying to exit. There were no ushers or persons of authority and the bleacher steps were being used as seats. If the fire marshal had been around, I'm sure, he would have closed it down.
As for the speakers, everyone clapped out of courtesy, not because we could hear what they said. It was very disappointing. The only good thing is my grandson got his diploma.
Beverly Meyer, New Port Richey
Step up to fight breast cancer
For some, the "M word" means money. For me, M is synonymous with May, Mother's Day and mammograms. Each May, I make my yearly appoint for my mammogram. This only makes sense since this year in the state of Florida breast cancer will strike more than 13, 100 women and more than 2, 400 will die. Every three hours, one woman in Florida dies from breast cancer and almost 1-million women over 40 have never had a mammogram.
Early detection and treatment are key to extending the number of survivors and also the length of survival. The mission of the American Cancer Society is dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, service and early detection. This all takes money. One way the American Cancer Society raises funds is through its annual 5K walk, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." Money from this walk helps fund services right in your community. An article in the May 14 edition of USA Today indicated that the Cancer Society does a great job in this area. The money goes for research and patient services. For every dollar earned, only 11 cents goes for fundraising.
This year, the fifth annual walk for Pasco and Hernando counties will be held Oct. 21 at Little Steeple Chase Park in Dade City. By joining others in this worthwhile cause, you too can do your part to help stamp out this dreaded disease. We owe it to our mothers, our daughters, sisters, aunts and ourselves to get involved. Just think: the life you save may be your own.
Individuals, businesses or organizations can learn more about setting up a team, volunteering for this event, or providing a business' sponsorship by calling Jean toll-free at 1-800-940-1969 ext. 105 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a survivor of breast cancer, we want to know. You can register at www.cancer.org/stridesonline.