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Letters to the Editors

Forget sheds; let's focus on real problems

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001

Editor: Commissioner Betty Whitehouse is correct. Sheds are not a problem. Most sheds I have seen have no water piped to them. If there is a problem with a few sheds, it is trivial compared to the present and future shortages of water.

Is this what the commissioners call "control of development?" They best spend a bit more of their time on how this county is going to supply water to existing and future residents in all those subdivisions they approved.

Perhaps they should increase the impact fees to cover the cost of future desalination plants. The commission better tackle the important problems before nit-picking the sheds.
-- Jon Knudson, Spring Hill

Keep driver's ed in public schools

Editor: Re: Pleas may resuscitate drivers ed, April 15 Hernando Times:

I would like to comment about a certain School Board member's comments dealing with driver's training and our youth. I'm really appalled to see that residents of this county voted in an "assumer" and not a professional, as they thought they were doing, to serve on the most crucial board in this county.

The Hernando County School Board oversees the needs of our children, and are the future and backbone of our community and country.

Board member Gail Coleman assumed most parents take the initiative to teach their children to drive an automobile and learn the rules of the road.

A lot of parents don't have the time, let alone the patience, to teach their sons and daughters. Many also do not have the facilities to do it properly, or the finances to pay for private instructions.

Mrs. Coleman should spend some of her time, which she is being paid for, and get into the schools in her district to see what is going on, not just in driver's ed but overall.

My son took driver's ed in summer school at Central High School in 2000. I am very proud of Mr. Turner for the outstanding job he did. My son is a very cautious and a conscientious driver and obeys the rules of the road.

Driver's ed in the school system works.
-- Donald Montague, Brooksville

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