Letters to the editor, Oct. 9

Accident debris

With the many accidents and fender benders on U.S. 19 and Highway 52 and various other streets, the police or sheriff come and sometimes the ambulance.

But not cleanup crews to pick up all the glass and debris left behind.

In other cities and towns I’ve lived in, the streets and roads are cleaned after an accident.

Florida has terrible roads to begin with.

Can anyone tell us citizens why all the debris is left at the accident sites?

Ginger Bull

Port Richey

My hero

I was walking my dogs (when) I tripped over Co Co’s leach and could not get up. I am 84 and not steady on my feet.

I called out to Shadow to go get mommy, my wife Sharon, who was at the back of the house watching TV.

Shadow (an 11-year-old Sheltie) got her attention and Sharon was able to find me. I feel on my back and could not get up.

Joseph Bugelli

New Port Richey

Wakeup call

The recent water main break in Port Richey (“SPCA Suncoast gets outpouring of public support” Sept. 24 issue) should serve as a wakeup call.

If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities in the future, they must insist now on more competition in the way public officials manage the water systems.

According to a study released by the national Taxpayers Union, roughly half a trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next four decades by adopting techniques such as open procurement for pipe materials and better asset maangement. The Mayors’ Water council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors has also voiced support for such processes.

It’s time for community leaders here and across the nation to be more proactive in embracing fiscally responsible approaches to water policy.

Pete Sepp

Alexandria, Va.

The writer is executive vice president for nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union.

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