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Great job firefighters

At approximately 7:40 P.M. on Jan. 28 the fire tones at the High Point Fire Department were activated for a structure fire on High Point Boulevard. Within moments we knew that we had a heck of a fire to battle. The county was immediately called for mutual aid. Upon arrival at the scene there was screaming coming from the fully involved structure and a deputy sheriff was in the process of pulling a victim from the burning structure. Immediately, one of our own fire personnel assisted the deputy in order to remove the victim from the burning building. From that point on, everything ran like a fine tuned machine. With approximately 10 pieces of apparatus and over 40 personnel on scene, everyone worked together in an extremely professional manner. A fire is never pleasant but fighting fire and being surrounded with nothing but professional fire personnel, extremely courteous deputies, Chief Mike Rampino and Asst. Chief Kevin Carol made this task much easier. As the Chief of The High Point Fire Department I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in extinguishing this fire and saved the surrounding homes.

Joseph Curcio

Fire Chief

Hernando High Point Volunteer Fire Department.

Damsels in distress

While traveling back to North Florida on a recent trip to Tampa with my two young daughters, I encountered car troubles. The severity of the tires required an immediate exit off Interstate 75.

I took the first exit, which was an area outside of Brooksville. However, even with my worries of a mother and two daughters looking for help alone; I knew it was meant to be when I saw A&Y Used & New Tires at this very exit!

Many thanks to the gentleman of A&Y Used & New Tires! He was not only extremely nice, but helpful and generous too. He did not have the small tires for a Prius in stock but he changed my tire, repaired my spare, and made it possible for us to travel to the nearest Wal-Mart 12 miles away to buy new tires and would not accept my payment.

Coming from a small town in the Panhandle where everyone knows your name, I easily recognize "southern hospitality." We extend many thanks to the gentleman who truly defined southern hospitality.


Scarlet Retherford

Marianna, FL

Legalize with safeguards

Now that medicinal marijuana has become a new "hot button"issue on our next ballot I just wanted to weigh in. I have no problem with the prescription sale of pot as it does have definite therapeutic values. However, I would recommend certain restrictions that should be followed. First and foremost, treat it as a class "A" controlled substance like morphine or Oxycontin. Second, it should only be sold at licensed pharmacies just like oxy and the like. And third, anyone who has a prescription for medical marijuana must have the prescription on their person at all times unless they are at home where it must be readily accessible. These stipulations are in force for all other class "A" drugs so there should be no problem imposing them on medical marijuana as well.

The most common argument is that pot isn't like the "other" drugs that cause all the violence or are cash cows for the cartels and to that I say BS. Just look at our borders and you'll see that most of the illegals caught are in fact "mules" for the cartels smuggling pot and rest assured these animals who lead the cartels will, most definitely, kill to protect their profits. Pot is not harmless. People are killed over pot and it is a gateway drug to other more intoxicating and addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin and no one knows, what with the new growing techniques, how addictive it is or how mind altering the new strains of pot may be.

So it is up to us to say let us not rush to approval without specific safeguards in place as to protect us from a potential damage that we could have avoided.

George Stansbury


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