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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000
Editor: Re: The major candidates offer minor incentives:
As a subscriber and longtime fan of columnist Jan Glidewell, I was very disappointed to see that the Times printed his column on Election Day.
The fact that he doesn't feel either of the main candidates is worthy of his vote is certainly his choice. However, to put in print whom he voted for on Election Day is deplorable.
-- Bob Yates, Hudson
Editor: Re: A Hernando County dog park:
I, too, am an avid dog lover and owner. I support a dog park, but let us do a serious reality check, folks.
In a perfect world, all owners will:
1. Keep an eye on the pet to see if it "does No. 2." 2. Promptly pull out a bag and pick it up.
It is no longer a perfect world. I have kind, concerned, conscientious neighbors who think nothing of allowing their dogs to defecate on our lawns, especially in the dark hours of the day. What do you think they will do in some park away from home?
And how many of us now will yell or shake a fist at some crazed driver? Road rage is here to stay. How many of you are going to chase down a person whose dog made a mess in the park? You risk confrontation, cursing, a bloodied nose, or a bullet in your head.
Is someone going to check all dogs at the entry for proof of updated rabies shots, county license, flea, heartworm and hookworm medicines?
Who is going to confront the person who has one, or two, or three dogs running around and being overly aggressive?
I do support a dog park, but I see trouble ahead if this is not a well-planned and well-thought-out endeavor.
-- Robyn Walker, Spring Hill
Editor: On Nov. 1, I attended a rally at Weeki Wachee for the Republican candidates. I am handicapped, in a wheelchair. Upon arriving at 3:30 p.m., we approached the entrance and a deputy had it blocked. I showed him my VIP pass and told him I was handicapped. He said the parking lot was closed and no one was allowed to enter.
Sheriff's Maj. Richard Nugent was behind me with his children in his car and out of uniform. When the deputy saw him he immediately allowed him to enter and park near the front entrance in a no-parking zone with his private vehicle.
It was wrong of the officer to allow this and it was very wrong of Nugent to accept. If Nugent takes this privilege now, what will he do if he is elected sheriff? Mr. Nugent should have parked where everyone else was parking and walked in with the people whose votes he sought.
-- Jim Nico, Brooksville
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