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Today's Letters: Mulieri shouldn't vote on budget
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published June 15, 2007
The Pasco Sheriff's Office is not a private security force for the county commissioners. Commissioner Pat Mulieri must recuse herself from any voting on the sheriff's budget, due to the incident at her rental property, where she demanded that the deputies throw out a tenant without due process of the law.
That, in addition to her negative voting record on joining neighborhoods to relieve road congestion for the majority of Pasco citizens, raises many questions as to the real interests that are being protected.
The citizens of Pasco County deserve better ethical conduct.
Pat Bayers, New Port Richey
Growth running out of control
You see new schools being built, but before they are done, there are temporary classrooms installed. I blame a lot of the problems we have as no control on growth.
Wal-Mart builds a Supercenter down the road from the store they are closing and that old mall dies. The old building lies empty for a long time. Why doesn't Wal-Mart give it to the county so they could turn it into a school or any other type of building they need?
We must stop the builders from putting too many homes on an acre. We should make all building lots at least a quarter-acre.
Anthony Soriano, Hudson
Too much in taxes winds up wasted
How many more taxes do they think we can afford to pay! We already pay over half what we earn to taxes of one form or another. It's a maze to keep us confused . Cut taxes! Oh, if we do that, we'll have to cut fire, police, and schools. They are threats to keep us scared.
How about we cut bureaucracy! For example, counties and municipalities get monies from federal and state governments, (that's us, by the way) for many different things. They just finished widening Seven Springs Boulevard to Mitchell Ranch Road. They changed the traffic lanes and signals three times. They laid sod down the median then came through and ripped it out! How many thousands did that cost? Could have bought a couple police cars with that or maybe a pay raise.
Governments get a certain amount of dollars to spend. If they don't spend (waste) it, they won't get as much next year. How stupid is that? If I had the money our governments waste in one day, all my family and extended family could retire tomorrow.
When will we rise up and fire all of them?
Bill Durnell, Holiday
Drug dealers are destroying lives
Attention all local drug dealers: Thank you for trying to ruin our lives. You have taken away my children's jobs, relationships, cars, apartments, friends' lives, and all their money and have left them in debt, friendless, and barely holding on to a place to live.
From restaurants, to telemarketing, to construction, you are everywhere. Even if I could afford to move to another location, your relatives would be there. Make no mistake you have not won this fight! You have only made me stronger. I have more love for my children and the children in this neighborhood than you have drugs to sell them. I just hope one day you know what it is like to have a child of yours consumed by drugs and you spend your nights waiting up to see if they lived through the night. I know some of you have babies who will grow up without you because you are in jail. You're being selfish and unfair. These are human lives you are messing with.
I am the mother of three beautiful children with the greatest potential. Because of you, two of these children and all of their friends have major drug problems. Thankfully, the little one has been scared straight. One prefers pills and one likes cocaine. If my children want to stay sober, they have to stay away from all of their friends because you and your customers are their friends. If my children want to stay clean, they have to quit job after job because you and your customers are there. That is if your drugs don't get them fired first. What are we supposed to do with that?
We cannot have a life because you can't get off your backside and get a job like the rest of us.
I spent last Saturday saying goodbye to one of your customers. She was a lively, happy 20-year-old young lady who had decided to join the U.S. Navy to get away from you but you gave her one last ride, permanently. Two weeks ago, we also said goodbye to Anthony, another one of your customers whose brother is in jail for life because of you.
Pasco County parents be warned. Drug dealers are in your back yard and in your children's circle of friends.
Carrie Poulsen, Port Richey
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