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Letters to the editor, Nov. 17 Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

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People helping people

During the past several months I have had the pleasure of having several of my opinions posted in this newspaper. Generally, we voice when an issue compels us to share our view. Far too often the issue at hand is a story about something gone wrong.

It is with great pleasure that I convey to you a story about people helping people.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a benefit sponsored by the Brooksville Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team. Clayton Sutton, of Sumter County, a parent of one of the players was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. The Brooksville Bulldogs hosted a weekend tournament played at Kenny Dixon Park in Bushnell, with proceeds going to the Sutton family. Several local teams attended, along with teams from Ocala, Orlando and St. Petersburg. It was a great tournament with a good time had by all.

What compelled me to share this story was the support for this family by the community. One of their friends, neighbors, coaches needed help, and they came through. I'm sure that the Sutton family appreciated the efforts of everyone. Mr. Sutton still has a road to travel to recovery, but knowing that he has support has to ease some of his worries.

This is a wonderful story of people helping each other. I know that there are many similar stories that need to be heard. It's tales like this that reaffirm to me what this great country is all about — people helping people.

So next time you go shopping, open a door for someone when their hands are full. Help a stranded driver with a flat tire — even if you can't change the flat — stop to make sure they are OK. Do they need to make a phone call for help?

Don't let the dark stories of the day cast a shadow over your heart. Close your eyes and dream of the world you would like to live in and then make it happen.

Eugene O'Reilly

Weeki Wachee

Where is the money?

After three years of no program for jobs and into the election year, President Barack Obama is now proposing money for jobs, repairing roads, bridges and dams of the federal government.

Where has the money gone that was supposed to pay for these repairs? It was my understanding that the money from the federal gas tax was supposed to pay for these repairs. The federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. I do not know the exact amount of gas sold in one day throughout the U.S., but for the sake of getting an estimate, let's say one million gallons per day (which is a low estimate). This estimate would bring in gas tax money in the sum of $18.8 million per day. If you multiply this figure by 365 days, it comes to billions of dollars.

Where has all this money gone? According to Obama, this money has not gone to the repair of federal roads and bridges. Most federal dams produce electricity that they sell all year. Where are the proceeds from the sale of electricity that could be used for the repair of dams? The money for repairs is there but not being used for repairs.

The gas tax and the sale of electricity have been producing millions of dollars each day, and Obama has not accounted for these funds but wants to borrow money from China to pay for the repairs. Where has this money gone?

America, you are being lied to by the Obama administration. Demand to know the truth.

Norman Pallot

Weeki Wachee

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