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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

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America must act on Ukraine

OK, so Crimea is now part of Russia. Boy, that was easy! I wonder why? I'll tell you why, it's because America no longer is considered a major player in the world.

Should America have sent troops to the Ukraine? I really don't think Americans would approve, and I can't blame them. Especially since America is planning to reduce our military. We apparently have become a paper tiger.

Whose fault is this? Well, for one thing, our representatives in Washington are too busy trying to make the "other guy" look bad, they don't have time to provide a united front against the biggest dictator since Adolph Hitler, President Putin of Russia.

Would this have happened under Ronald Reagan? No one can say for sure but Reagan stared down the barrel of Russian aggression in the 1980s without firing a shot and won.

Our recent response to Putin was to put monetary sanctions against some of his pals, but not Putin himself. Those who had these sanctions imposed are laughing at us. And what about our European allies? Are they willing to take a tough stand against Russia because it might create some problems to their economy? Not at all. And yet, America, specifically, American taxpayers are supporting many of their economies.

Will the day come when there will be more American graves in Europe's military cemeteries to once more preserve their way of life? The time has come when America, and its President, needs to stand up and be counted. If you do not support America's plan to contain Putin and drive this madman and his country into a financial abyss, then you can go it alone. Hope you learn to speak Russian.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Too many political ads

Stop the volume of political ads, which are driving me and the TV viewers, who are forced to watch these ads, crazy.

The volume of these ads repeats each day between 10 to 15 times just for one party and possibly up to 30 times for both parties, for every TV station.

I shudder to think what we will be forced to watch during a general election.

You can correct this headache by passing a law that will limit each political party, including ads supporting that party, to only three ads per day.

Most political TV ads just repeat the same ad over and over again, so there is no great loss.

Congressmen, please remember that the feelings of your public are more important.

So, Mr. Congressman, if you really care about the feelings of your public you will stop the heavy volume of political TV ads and limit them to only three per day per party.

Norman Pallot

Weeki Wachee

Show support for bus benches

I am writing to let all bus riders know if they want benches and shelters at bus stops they should advocate for them. Bus riders need to show up at the county commissioners next meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street in Brooksville. Not just bus riders need to show but people who feel mass transit is needed because if we don't voice our views how will the board know what we as riders need?

David Philipsen

Weeki Wachee

Re: Commissioners made wrong choice on impact fees (March 16).

It amazes me there are individuals like this letter writer (Ms. Kraus-Keenan) who want to impede any break a new homeowner might get to move to Hernando County. The writer refers to Pasco County throughout her letter and what the building trends are there. Well, if you compare the offerings in both counties, it's not hard to understand why there is an advantage to living in Pasco.

Just "what" does Hernando offer a prospective new home buyer to move here? Are there any large employers? Do we have any attractions other than nice weather? Oh don't forget Brooksville the "Home of the Red Light Cameras" just waiting to give some one a greeting.

What we should be doing is giving newcomers impact fees to consider to move here! When Hernando County can offer something beside fast food employment and below-standard outlooks to a family looking to build a house here, then we can consider if something like an impact fee is plausible.

James Woods


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