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Letters to the Editors

EDC fiasco will deter service

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001

Editor: I wish to commend Commissioner Betty Whitehouse for her comment about "throwing the baby out with the bath water" in reference to the Economic Development Commission. Commissioner Diane Rowden, in her usual cheerleader mode, and with her unfounded innuendos about the EDC, has caused some of our residents to overreact, without real and honest justification.

This former august body could have been fixed, quietly and with equanimity, in a professional manner. The excellent work done by the members of the EDC included a great deal of personal time and effort and was performed without compensation.

As a concerned Hernando resident, I apologize for the insinuations made by uninformed residents who speculate that members of the EDC were corrupt, ill-informed and unprepared. For those citizens who do not know who served on the EDC board, let me offer a few names: Superintendent John Sanders, Robert Judson, president of Pasco-Hernando Community College, and Duane Chichester, publisher of Hernando Today.

The one person who held it all together during this era of misconception, innuendos and misinformation was, and is, Don Clifford.

Who in his or her right mind would want to serve on a county board after this nefarious, ill-intentioned circus of unprofessional conduct and statements? As one member of the EDC stated, "He was walking into a minefield without a map."
-- Peggy Cabriele, Brooksville

Wake up before faucets run dry

Editor: Are the people in Hernando County completely out of their minds to even think of another 3,000-home project?

We have barely enough water now for the people already here. Greed, it seems, is all that counts. Wake up, people, and stop this now.
-- Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Newbury, Spring Hill

End censorship; allow Bible studies

Editor: Re: Instead of banning items, citizens should be their own censors, Feb. 11 letter to the editor:

Unless memory fails (always a possibility in the golden years), didn't Dominick "I believe no book should be banned" Ruggiero go ballistic a few months ago over the possibility of a Bible-as-literature course being taught in Hernando County?

My, what an epiphany he has had. After dire warnings about the negative effect exposure to such "inflammatory" writing might have on the sensitive psyches of our impressionable youth, he now sees the light. No longer advocating censorship, he reminds us of the days of Nazi oppression (recalling, no doubt, that the Bible was their first choice for bonfire lighting).

Acknowledging that "we can interpret anything in a bad light," he correctly opines that a child doesn't have to read something (or take a course) just because it's there, and we absolutely do not have the right to tell others to live by our concept of right and wrong. I couldn't agree more, and, as he so profoundly states, "It is sad when we start to control freedom of choice." Amen, brother!

Now that your moment of truth and enlightenment has aligned you on the side of righteousness and freedom, we look forward to your diligent efforts in promoting Bible Studies 101 for Hernando students.
-- Mary L. Wright, Brooksville

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