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Letters to the Editors

Why hurry? Where are you going?

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2001


Editor: An open letter to Sheriff Bob White and the people of Pasco County.

Every day I read the paper, and the same things continue to happen: drivers speeding, running red lights, traffic accidents and deaths.

I don't know what the police are doing or can do about it, but I don't think they're doing enough. What are the schools telling these young drivers? What are parents telling their children? And for you adult drivers, what are you thinking?

What's the hurry, and where are you going -- besides to an early grave?

I took my family out for ice cream at 9:30 Saturday night. From Seven Springs Boulevard to Grand Boulevard we passed through five traffic lights, and at three of them we witnessed drivers running red lights.

That happened the day before Easter and the federal income tax deadline. I hope everyone will stop to ponder this. In life, there are only two certainties: (traffic) deaths and taxes. And unlike someone else, you will not be rising again.
-- Calvin Johnson, New Port Richey

County commissioners snub New Port Richey

Editor: How dare the Pasco County commissioners and Swiftmud eat at our home while not inviting the City Council of New Port Richey to the table.

I refer to the meeting between Swiftmud and the Pasco commissioners attempting to make decisions about Starkey well field and the Pithlachascotee River.

We condemn your arrogant actions!

Please remember, Pasco commissioners, you are already in deep doo-doo with the residents of Embassy Hills.

You do not want to take on the New Port Richey City Council along with our Citizens Action Committee.
-- Justin Billings, New Port Richey

Most on this planet see things differently

Re: Why not show some respect on Easter?, April 17 letter.

Editor: I would like to say that I believe the letter writer lives in her own little world, as most of us do. If she would look beyond that area, she would discover that "most people will be practicing Christianity this weekend and Sunday" is an incorrect statement.
-- Barbara E. Cushman, Port Richey

Letter prompts a call for religious tolerance

Re: Why not show some respect on Easter?, April 17 letter.

Editor: Sounds like the letter writer thinks her belief is the only recognized faith. Joshua Liebman once said, "Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's belief, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting those beliefs."

Christians are not the only people who seek inspiration this time of year from what they believe to be their Creator.

Tolerance is the key to forgiveness.
-- Susi Croft, Brooksville

Equal justice for all an elusive principle

Editor: What kind of justice system do we have?

Here is a child conceived in love, her parents underage, and now there is a second baby on the way, also conceived in love. However, since justice must prevail, this young father will be put in jail because he impregnated his wife (girlfriend at the time) at her age of 13.

They are working at making a life for themselves, but State Attorney Bernie McCabe says a crime has been committed, so now we'll break up this family. Is Mr. McCabe going to care for this family while the young father is in jail?

On the other hand, we have Darryl Strawberry, well-known ballplayer.

Mr. Strawberry thinks nothing of the laws, breaking them as he pleases, and receives a slap on the wrist because he has a sickness and needs treatment, not incarceration.

How about all those other people who suffer from the same sickness but are incarcerated?

Please explain to me this justice system and how it is equal for everyone.
-- Rosalie Larrow, New Port Richey

Buffet restaurants should charge patrons by weight

Editor: I sympathize with the owner of China Dragon, also those other all-you-can-eat establishments.

Being somewhat of an expert, based on the frequency of my visits to many such places, I see people of gigantic proportions making countless visits to the crab legs, shrimp and meat sections of the tables.

They are totally inconsiderate of what's left for others who would also like a sampling of the select items.

The solution is to charge the patrons by their weight: 6 or 7 cents a pound, as they enter. A 100-pound customer would pay $6; the 400-pounder would pay $24; those in between would pay proportionately.

With this system the heaviest would eat all they want, paying a fair share for exhausting the super goodies.
-- Daniel Depoalo, Hudson

Glidewell's column touches the heart

Editor: I meant to write before now, but being an accountant, I just now find myself with enough spare time to tell you how much I enjoyed Jan Glidewell's April 3 column,Potter's wheel helps the circle continue.

I loved that article. He's great anyway, but I saved it and read it often. It always brings a tear.
-- Cindy Kiefner, Spring Hill

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