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Letters to the Editors

Paper should focus on positives of hospice

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2001

Editor: Recently, I read two very disturbing articles in your newspaper about Hospice of Pasco Inc. It angers me to see how much time is spent interviewing and publishing negative information about such a caring organization.

Hospice of Pasco Inc. has been serving hundreds of families in this community for more than 11 years. These families are faced with the devastation of life-limiting illnesses, and that certainly is an overwhelming experience for them. I personally worked with a team of professionals at Hospice of Pasco Inc. I observed love and care extended to these families and their loved ones. Hospice not only provides physical care, but also psycho-social, spiritual and emotional support. In addition, the volunteers provide hundreds of hours to support the hospice mission.

Wouldn't it be nice to investigate and inform the community about the benefits of Hospice of Pasco and leave the rest to whomever it concerns? Life is difficult enough; let's focus on human acts of kindness.
-- Suzanne Mandeville, Lutz

Cars for sale along U.S. 19 eyesores

Editor: The highway right of way along U.S. 19 is fast becoming a used-car lot, where people can park vehicles that are for sale, and apparently the powers-to-be are willing to condone such use.

For example, in the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 19 and Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey, one can find two to 10 vehicles parked on the highway right of way. Some of the vehicles appear to be late models and at least one of the numbers to call is a local car dealer. Not only cars can be seen at this location, but there have been trucks, boats and trailers.

This situation not only creates a very unsightly scene but also a hazardous situation by causing motorists on U.S. 19 to look to see what vehicles are for sale rather than paying attention to the traffic and the signals at the intersection. It is quite probable that this distraction may be the cause of numerous accidents that occur at this intersection.

One would think that out of the many police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers that pass this area each and every day, at least one of them would recognize the problem and notify the proper agency so this illegal and hazardous situation can be corrected.

But it's not that easy, as we have found out. Attempts have been made by concerned citizens with the usual passing of the buck. The sheriff's office said "contact the city." The city said it is a state road, so "contact the highway patrol." The trooper said it is inside city limits, so "contact the city police." The city police say it is the county's job to handle illegal parking situations. Even a member of the Board of Commissioners was contacted and the vehicles still remain.
-- Clement Dunkley, New Port Richey

School fees can be levied fairly

Editor: There seems to be little argument about the need for more schools to cope with the effects of a growing school-age population on our Pasco County School system. Most also agree that much of this increase is the result of new home construction in our county.

Some have expressed concern that impact fees of $1,694 will hurt the young poor family.

I would like to propose a graduated impact fee of 2 percent to be applied to all new single-family housing in Pasco County. This would leave a young poor family paying $40,000 for a new starter house with an $800 impact fee while a family paying $90,000 for their newly constructed home would pay $1,800 toward new school construction.

I hope the Pasco County commissioners and the city officials of Pasco County will approve this 2 percent fee with the knowledge that impact fee revenue would automatically increase as housing costs and school construction costs increase over the years.
-- A.M. Pierce, New Port Richey

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