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Shame on county commissioners

This letter is in response to comments made at last Monday’s planning and zoning meeting regarding the proposed development in Hernando Beach. As reported by Hernando Today: “P&Z Commissioner John Scharch said it was up to neighbors to be informed about what’s going on in their community and if they were not up to speed, ‘shame on them.”’

It is not a shame to be concerned about where you live. Most people have a substantial portion of their assets in their homes, along with the sweat equity that accumulates over the years, it can add up to a tidy sum. As someone who has been on the receiving end of willful non-notice by the Hernando County government, it is there where the shame actually lies.

During the Hernando Beach dredge project, our county used many resources (money and time) to petition representatives in Tallahassee to bypass notice requirements for the de-watering portion of the project for everyone including those living within a few feet of the project. They succeeded. The only notice that was given was one sent by the Army Corps of Engineers. The seventeen page notice conspicuously left out that most questionably conceived portion of the project, the very de-watering site on private property in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Any governmental organization that engages in purposeful obfuscation of information loses its credibility along with its ability to chastise anyone. Because there can be no accountability without transparency.

It is clear from the planning and zoning meeting that if Hernando Beach residents had been properly noticed, they would have participated in the process from the very beginning. It is important to note, when my lawn sprinkler system turned off 15 minutes late, I received a certified letter from the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners letting me know that I will be fined if it happens again. We must demand at least the same level of notice to potential zoning changes that effect quality of life in a particular area. This is especially important when it involves a 31-acre development in a flood zone with a publicly contributed component. We have the right to know what is going on in our community and have a say in it. Hernando County belongs to its people.

Lisa Bambauer

Hernando Beach

How can a plane and pilot go missing?

Apparently we have our own version of Malaysia Flight 370. They, the Sheriff’s Department, Civil Air Patrol and other agencies can’t find the plane or pilot that disappeared on April 5.

What do you mean we the government can’t find the plane? We’re always being told by the geniuses in our government that they can find us anytime, anyplace or anywhere, you have no place to hide.

Maybe we’re all being bluffed like we did with the former Soviet Union, now Russia, with (SDI) Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as Star Wars. Maybe it’s all designed to keep us all on our best behavior.

From what I have been told, the search has been called off. What? Giving up? Missing 74-year-old man and plane? Let me see now, if any of you steal a loaf of bread, they will be looking for you utill hell freezes over. Where’s that spy agency we have all been told about? You know, the NSA? Where are they when you need them? What about all those spy satellites we’re supposed to have? You know, the ones that can count how many freckles you have on your big toe. I guess they’re just going to have to go back to the drawing board and my hot girlfriend will just continue to lie in the backyard sunbathing in the nude. I’m sure they will find her with no problem.

Craig Bolton


Stop corporate welfare

Certain members of the Florida Legislature are in the process of attempting to pass laws that will be giving away millions of dollars in tax benefits to private businesses, which are financially sound, as corporate welfare.

The most outstanding business proposed to receive millions of dollars in tax benefits is the Daytona Speedway.

The Daytona Speedway is a financially successful private business enterprise, which earns millions each year and does not need corporate welfare from the state of Florida.

The Daytona Speedway is not the only private enterprise and product being proposed for corporate welfare (tax benefits). The following are also being proposed: sale of cement mixer vehicles, loans for the making of TV productions, cable and loan companies, business payment for electricity, bail bond insurance and others.

The few legislators who propose these giveaways represent an interest, which is adverse to the best interest financially of the state of Florida, where this money could be put to better use.

The public must demand a stop to the tax benefits for private businesses which I call corporate welfare. Contact your local representative Senator Wilton Simpson.

Norman Pallot

Weeki Wachee

Quit bullying us into a bad bill

I thought bullying was against the law in Florida, but it looks like Gov. Rick Scott, former Gov. Jeb Bush, and former Gov. Bob Martinez are choosing to ignore the law as they are trying to bully Sen. Joe Negron and Senator Don Gaetz to force them to bring up SB 1400 for a vote.

SB 1400 gives illegal aliens in-state tuition in Florida. If this bill passes, it will mean fewer seats in the classroom for U.S. citizens and legal residents. The Florida colleges and universities would have to make up the lost revenue which could be in the millions of dollars as we would have to subsidize every illegal student $14,000 per year.

This is another “Obama moment.” Remember when he bullied the U.S. Supreme Court and the nation got Obamacare. Do we want Florida taxpayers to suffer because of bullies like Scott, Bush, and Martinez?

These students can get their U.S. citizenship, but they chose not to apply, because they can manipulate politicians into giving it to them.

Betty Dobson


President has risen?

According to Al Sharpton, President Obama has “risen” after being crucified. That’s an interesting analogy considering Christ was never accused of lying or deceiving anyone. Am I to assume Al Sharpton is putting President Obama on the altar of someone who will “rise again?”

Who are those people who are crucifying President Obama? Could it be those who lost their health care programs because of Obamacare, or is it those who lost their doctor because of Obamacare? And will we ever find the true numbers on what impact Obamacare has on our economy and our country’s health care?

I understand politics are behind much of the criticism of Obamacare, but this could all be put behind us if President Obama, and his colleagues such as Nancy Pelossi and Harry Reid would step up to the plate and open the books on Obamacare. Maybe then President Obama will not need Al Sharpton to take a parallel from the Bible to defend him.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Put them all in jail

I’m not going to bore you with the sordid details, you can read them online at Judicial Watch, the organization that sued the government under the freedom of information act to get the emails. The emails ad fuel to the certainty of a much larger conspiracy by the criminal Obama administration to stop freedom of speech and render our Constitution and Bill of Rights moot.

I quote Freedom Watch:

“They also provide evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ was well-aware of the targeting.”

As House Republicans continue to in attempts to get more information about the extent of the IRS targeting, the newly released emails will likely be a major help to Congressional investigators.

“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal. No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”

This administration and the liberal democrats who support it should be in jail. If this occurred in a third world country the international community would be calling for the immediate departure of the government and a new government should be formed. We don’t need a new “government” just some honest, greed-less, God fearing people to run it. Let’s keep that in mind come this November.

Allan Walker

Weeki Wachee

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