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Letters to the Editors

It's a shame so many skipped vote

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 17, 2001


Editor: The election is now behind us and only one of our candidates won. Such a shame. I can understand the citizens not living in Tanglewood Terrace not voting our way because they really do not know what lies ahead for them concerning the assessments.

But you people in Tanglewood Terrace know of the overpriced assessments the city is putting on us. The Citizens Action Committee fought to help us all. We backed the candidates that would have made a difference. So, in my opinion, the ones who didn't bother to vote are either too lazy or have enough money for the overpriced assessments.

Many good people fought and died to give and keep for you the right to vote. It is shameful for you to ignore Election Day.

When you receive your bill or lien on your home, don't feel sorry for yourself or cry to us to do something. We gave our time, energy and sweat to help all the people of New Port Richey and in particular the residents of Tanglewood Terrace. You repaid us by staying away from the polls on voting day. Shame on all the non-voters.
-- Anne Bully, New Port Richey

Why not show some respect on Easter?

Re: Off to the Big Easy, April 15, Jan Glidewell column

Editor: I was so sorry that Jan chose Easter Sunday to inform us all that he is not a Christian and so he planned a party weekend in New Orleans, since he has nothing else to do. Probably because most people will be practicing Christianity this weekend and Sunday.

I believe that columnists for your paper should have a little more respect for others and not announce their non-belief on the holiest of days in the Christian church year. This is just my humble opinion.

I have been a subscriber of this paper for 20 years. Now I am wondering.
-- Betty G. Thompson, San Antonio

Homework not optional at good schools

Re: Teachers make homework optional, April 16

Editor: Wow, optional homework.

Don't think this would fly at Portsmouth Abbey, Georgetown Prep or Tampa Jesuit.

Okay, class, can you spell s-c-h-o-o-l v-o-u-c-h-e-r-s?
-- Doug McAlarney, Hudson

Pasco must combat domestic violence

Editor: We are having a crisis related to the growing rate of domestic violence here in Pasco County and throughout the world. Domestic violence has always been around, and it is finally becoming an epidemic when it continues to harm and endanger the lives of the entire family.

Why is the victim turned into the battered person? Why aren't there more female officers being put on the job? Why does paperwork with the legal system get shuffled around so that you cannot even obtain it to review?

At this time, the Salvation Army domestic violence advocate center is in need of much office equipment. There is only one phone line. Which phone company wants to give another line and equipment?

The shelters and advocates are requiring more room. With the increase in domestic violence, it is a disgrace that they are cutting funding and jobs.

I feel the police here and all over should implement a user-friendly way to handle all domestic violence cases. We do not have any more time to waste. We can start to be a positive role model here in Pasco County.

Let us do it before it is too late. It starts with just one letter, one phone call and just a few minutes of your time.
-- Carolyn Mei-Ling Chen, New Port Richey

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