Carl’s unexpected passing shocked me. As Pasco’s Health Director and after retirement, I worked with him for almost three decades. I wouldn’t call Carl a snoop, as he never looked for dirt. I wouldn’t call him a newshound as Carl never embarrassed anyone. He wrote good news about people and about the community. He might do a piece on the CARES or Good Samaritan free clinics. He might scribble about the Health Department’s vaccination program. You could find Carl at the Chasco Fiesta or a candlelight ceremony. He talked about what was good in the community and the people and organizations responsible.
Most of my interaction with Carl was on the phone or through email. As a government official, when told a reporter was on the line, I would take a deep breath and wonder what trouble the Health Department might have to respond too. When Carl was on the phone, I knew it would be a friendly piece about our services. Maybe Carl wasn’t a hotshot reporter for the Miami Herald or Tampa Bay Times, but he served the community and he always put the community in a positive light. I cannot remember one negative article he ever wrote. After all, he was the community’s journalist.
My husband and I founded and run Pasco Association for Challenged Kids, which began in 1997 and is still going strong. It’s a summer program for kids with extreme disabilities who cannot attend regular summer programs. I don’t know how long we have worked with Carl, but it has been many years. Carl was a devoted friend of PACK, coming out to camp every year, taking pictures of the kids, doing articles, etc. If we needed to promote fundraisers, advertise for campers, or anything else he was there for us.
He was a wonderful man and always tried to help local groups in need. We want to say thank you Carl and everyone at PACK will miss you greatly!
New Port Richey
I just wanted to add something to my wife’s letter. PACK Camp has been at the Genesis School for the last seven years, but we would not be there if not for Carl. In March 2012 we decided it was time for a new location for PACK Camp. We contacted Carl and asked him to put something in the Suncoast News about PACK’s need for a new location for camp. The day his article ran I got a call from Missy Nurrenbrock, head of the Genesis School. And the rest, as they say, is history! Thank you, Carl. PACK will never forget you.
New Port Richey
Regarding the death of Carl Orth: Well done, sir. Thank you. Vaya con Dios.
New Port Richey
Regarding abolishing the Electoral College, as columnist Marty Moore suggested, this subject only comes up when his party loses a presidential election. Getting rid of the Electoral College would only ensure that the West Coast and Northeast would control the country.
Now many on the left want to alter the structure of the Senate and give the states on the West Coast and in the Northeast even more power.
If you want the Constitution changed, then do it properly. We will see if you can get two-thirds of the states to agree.
New Port Richey
I’m not sure what part of “the U.S.A. is not a democracy” Marty Moore doesn’t understand. This country is not, nor has ever been, nor is intended to be, a democracy. While Mr. Moore is an opinion writer, he still cites facts that fail the truth test.
The words “Electoral College” aren’t in the Constitution, but Article 2 of the Constitution and the 12th Amendment provide for election of our president and vice-president by electors chosen by each state. These electors, currently 538 in number, are known commonly as the Electoral College. The purpose of the elector mechanism is to keep Montanans from being dominated by New Yorkers: The Founders chose to create a representative republic because they feared, and rightly so, “rule by the majority.” Yes, the Constitution is a “living document,” and the evidence of its vitality are the amendments, of which there are currently 27.
So, the Republicans are now fretting that the national debt is too high. After instituting a $1.5 trillion tax cut that mostly benefited wealthy and corporate interests and then signing off on a $675 billion budget for the military, what did they expect?
Back in 2010, the Republican Tea Party rose up and tried to smite the national debt by screaming it’s unsustainable ... it’s unsustainable, the sky is falling. Where are they now?
The Republicans of today are now going to save themselves by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This means, in plain English, what they gave to the wealthiest, they now intend to take back from working, retired, retiring and poorer Americans. If America falls for that then we are so stupid that we deserve to be fleeced — again.
By the way, Republicans call these social safety nets, which we do pay for, entitlements. What nerve. Vote.