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Published:   |   Updated: December 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Spirit dying at Disney

Re: Disney World minimizes the spirit of Christmas

Disney has minimized the spirit of Christmas at Disney World. For several years, Disney has produced a program at Epcot called the Candlelight Processional. Television and film personalities are invited to read (recite) the Christmas Story. Prior to their appearance on stage, guest choir members from around the country enter the stage area during a processional. A professional orchestra and vocalists are also on stage. The narrator recites a segment of the Christmas Story and the choir performs an appropriate Christmas carol. In past years, in one of the last segments, a poem entitled "A Solitary Life" (author unknown) was recited. This poem is a moving tribute to Jesus (the central figure in the Christmas Story). This year it was eliminated. A person in Disney's guest relation's area stated Disney HQ made the decision because of political correctness. The Mighty Mouse has taken a bite of the cheese and is now dying in the PC trap.

Terry Sutton

Weeki Wachee

Dependent Party

Dear Editor,

I am submitting this letter for the public's consideration. I would like to suggest that we change the name of one of our political parties. We currently have three major parties,

the Republican party, the Democratic party, and the Independent party. Based on the course this country has taken over the past several years, I believe the Democratic party should change its name to the "Dependent" party.

It seems like a large contingent of our country believes the government should tend to their every need. We have welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, disability, Section 8 housing, and even free cell phones. Now stop right there. I'm not saying we shouldn't help people in need. But, government assistance should be to give people in hard times a hand up, not a hand out. It seems like being dependent on the government, AKA the tax dollars of working Americans, has become a way of life for many in our society.

Members of the bleeding heart liberal/feel good Democratic party may think they are helping people out with these "entitlements", but they are not. First of all, an entitlement should be something you've earned. Secondly, making people dependent on the government is not helping them, or the country.

So, be honest and change your name from the Democratic party to the Dependent party. Nothing about your politics is democratic anyway.

Respectfully,

Russ Colombo

Spring Hill

Sticking it to us

I am writing to the residents and taxpayers of Spring Hill, as you can see your water bill has an addition to it, just like your new tax bill has.

I know we voted on, us Mandatory Trash Residents, if we wanted automated trash pickup in the last election, and I thought it didn't pass, along with that vote was automatic billing. I might be wrong but I thought that was how it was presented by our local leaders.

Well, those local leaders are, administrator and commissioners, the people have changed over the years but their ways have not. If any of us can remember back that far, 1986 and again in 1992, us Spring Hill residents vote for Mandatory Trash Pickup.

Oh, by the way, they have never ever shown me a copy of the referendum on request, several requests, by districts, the number of votes, the breakdown, only the countywide vote. Now, they say, it's mandatory to pay our trash bill through the water bill each month. As I said earlier in this letter, I thought we turned down that by voting no in the last election.

Well, it looks like the County Leaders are sticking it to the Spring Hill residents again and again, same old same old, just like a true politician.

I also would like to let the 100 percent disabled veteran know that the increase in your latest Hernando County Tax Bill this year, you have a $171 increase, thanks to county leaders slipping that in the referendum on the merger of the Spring Hill Fire and Rescue with Hernando County Fire vote. I suggest that the SH residents and veterans read everything they vote for from this point on, so you won't have any more surprises.

The county leaders do not always let you know the full consequence's of your vote when you go to the polls; only afterwards you find the true meaning of the referendum. The area they have on the map in your tax bill looks like 34608, 34606 and 34609, the SH Zip Code areas.

All the money the SH residents are donating for the upcoming election next year to vote the incumbent, I suggest you look at that person's record to see if he or she has voted to take more money out of your pocket in their past term.

Respectfully;

Gary & Marion Mercer

Spring Hill

What's wrong with Congress?

Re: Reduce Our Debt

What's wrong with Congress, can't they read the handwriting on the wall of doom. The U.S. is bankrupt, and proof of this is obvious when we cannot pay our operating expenses, except by continually borrowing money.

A recent survey by the Washington Post shows that 65 percent of the public acknowledges that the government is bankrupt.

The other 35 percent just do not give a damn if our country is going down the drain of bankruptcy. Their philosophy is to live off the government on all encompassing welfare.

Welfare originally started out with good intentions, but thanks to Congress and our president has grown so large that it has become a corrupt way to make a living for millions (the 35 percent), instead of finding a job. Example: For food stamps alone, the government pays a family of four approximately $630 per month or $7,500 per year, and this amount increases with the size of the family, plus they pay thousands of dollars in other benefits to each family.

Government bankruptcy will not fix all our problems, but will result in many economic problems including depression and further loss of employment.

What's wrong with Congress? Can't members read the handwriting on the wall that the government is bankrupt, or they just do not give a damn?

It is your job to stop this irresponsible spending and entirely reduce our debt now and to stop the giveaways for votes.

Reduce the amount of welfare being paid in order to get these fraudulent recipients incentive to get a job and get off of welfare and the same with disability.

You must fire all of the administrative people who permitted welfare and disability fraud and try to hire honest people.

We cannot continue to support one third of our population on welfare and disability.

You, our congressmen, can turn this awaiting disaster around and make this country prosperous once again if you have the stamina and will to do so. I know it will not be easy, so try.

Norman Pallot

Weeki Wachee

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