Letters to the Editors
Fasano has done plenty for the kids
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Re: Ties to governor help protect pet projects, June 19 C.T. Bowen column
Editor: In your June 19 column, you questioned Rep. Mike Fasano's priorities by his lobbying for senior projects not kid projects because "kids can't vote."
The fact that kids can't vote certainly did not prohibit Fasano from advocating programs for Pasco's young people. Fasano not only supported the Pasco sheriff's Kids In Domestic Situations program, as you pointed out, he also sponsored and worked diligently to secure funding for the Operation PAR Pasco Adolescent Intervention Center that served more than 600 families last year.
Through his efforts, and those of state Sen. Jack Latvala, the Adolescent Intervention Center will continue to provide drug prevention programs and counseling services for Pasco's kids and their families. On behalf of these young people, their families and the community at large, we thank Fasano for his support and commitment to the young people in Pasco County.
Some balance is due in spending hotel tax
Editor: A sports management company is in the business of making money.
Naturally, it will support Tom Dempsey (Saddlebrook) in the quest for $5-million from our county coffers. If it were financially sound, Saddlebrook would spend its own money and be in for the entire profit.
I have seen other suggestions for spending the hotel tax that would benefit others who are not among the rich. But, you can guess how much chance something like that has of coming about? How about a referendum vote on how the money should be spent?
James Hollingsworth will be missed
Editor: Professor James Hollingsworth's passing was especially painful to me. In the late 1960s I was responsible for Jim's coming to Florida. I was then chair of a USF Basic College (later absorbed into the College of Social Science) Department, which offered one of four required courses for every USF student -- The American Idea (modeled after the venerable American Institutions course at UF).
About three dozen instructors taught this course -- a few tenured faculty, the others part-time or temporaries. When I looked over the roster of our teachers, I missed a true conservative, what we now might call compassionate conservative.
I called up my old professor, who had become chair of history at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. It was he who recommended Hollingsworth, who had just received his doctorate degree. We offered him the job, saying that it might not be permanent. He accepted and taught several terms for us. When it looked as if our department would be downsized and integrated into another USF college, I recommended Jim to the relatively new Pasco-Hernando Community College. He was hired and began his illustrious career in Pasco County as a compassionate and active conservative.
We always remained friends after that. Jim's colleagues and students will long remember his enthusiasm and high standards.
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