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Spring Hill Fire Rescue needs to shed self-serving commission

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 14, 2001

Editor: What is going through the minds of the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District commissioners? It seems as if they have forgotten about the people they serve and have become a group of self-centered children with a blank check.

They need special license plates on the front of our vehicles. They need their own radios to listen to every dispatch made. They need a lawyer to negotiate the next contract.

When will this stop?

The residents of Spring Hill need something: the immediate dissolution of the fire commission. Why does such a small fire department have a fire commission when much larger fire departments operate efficiently without one?

The fire commissioners have an obsessive-compulsive disorder with minutia, and overlook the big picture: providing fire and rescue services to the residents of Spring Hill.

The personnel of Spring Hill Fire and Rescue do an outstanding job.

Let's get rid of the fire commissioners now before they continue to spend more money foolishly and continue their ways of doing more harm than good.
-- Robert D. Wilson Jr., Spring Hill

Excuse for cable outages casts shadow on service

Editor: Recently I've been having a few outages on Time-Warner Communications HBO and Cinemax channels. They last for about 15 minutes, and whatever I am watching is ruined.

The company won't give credit unless the service has been out at least two hours.

I feel that a day's credit is in order.

Time-Warner can't provide service for 24 hours, but it expects customers to pay for it. They claim the outages are due to solar flares that come every year. Thanks to the Discovery Channel, I learned solar flares that affect the Earth's communication occur once every 11 years. Who's lying? I guess Time-Warner can now use this as its excuse and back it up with this once-in-11-years occurrence.

I also notice a pattern that occurs with the outages. Within one day of an outage, there is a Time-Warner marketing salesperson calling my home to see whether I want to upgrade from the old system to the digital system. Could this be a tactic to get customers to spend more money, thinking the service will be better?

Is it coincidence? I don't think so.
-- John Fazzalari, Spring Hill

Why aren't well owners counted as water users?

Editor: Re: Water restrictions and increase in water rates.

Who are the homeowners abusing the water restrictions? Anyone who owns a well!

They water any time they want and when told about restrictions they answer, "I have my own well." Where do they think the water comes from?

Now, we who do not have a well will be penalized.

The well owners will continue to have the best lawns in town.

When will they do something about the well owners who water three or four times a week?
Joseph Cristiano, Spring Hill

Editor's note: Once-a-week watering restrictions regulate everyone, including well owners.

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