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bond request denied
severity of charges
County Judge Mark Yerman
'denied a bond request made
by the Pine Ridge couple
accused of torturing and starv-
ing five of their children, dur-
ing a brief court appearance
Sunday to answer charges
about aggravated child abuse
I Officials extradited John
and Linda Dollar from Utah to
the Citrus County Detention
Facility Saturday night.
Handcuffed and dressed in
red jumpsuits, the couple was
escorted into the jail's court-
room for the first appearance
at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The couple's attorney,
Charles Vaughan, requested
that the judge set a "reason-
able bond" because he said the
couple was headed back to
Citrus County when they were
arrested Feb. 4 in Utah.
* Vaughan said the couple did
not know a warrant for their
arrest had been issued.
Prosecutor Rich Buxman
said he wished to keep the
bond set at no bond.
Yerman noted that the cou-
ple left jurisdiction knowing
there were charges against
them. He also added that
there's no way for him to know
which way the couple was
headed at the time of their
SYerman ruled to keep the
Dollars jailed on "no bond"
because of the severity of the BRIAN LaPETERIChronicle
John Dollar, left, and his wife Linda Dollar are led out of court Sunday at the Citrus County Detention Facility after their first hearing before County Judge Mark Yerman.
Please see DgLLARS/Page 5A The Dollars are charged with aggravated child abuse.
New school times
Marci Franklin has a morning rou-
tine that includes dropping her young
son off at Hernando Elementary
School on her way to work
Under a plan presented by
Superintendent of Schools Sandra
"Sam" Himmel, all that would
Himmel last week said she will
implement new starting and ending
times so that each tier of school -
elementary, middle and high has its
For Franklin and other parents at
Hernando, the time change is signifi-
cant because school now starts at 8
a.m. the perfect time for dropping a
child off on the way to work
"I'm a single parent and am on a
. fixed, limited income," Franklin said.
"I'm not in a position to afford before-
school day care. I will not leave my
child alone. It's perfect the way it is."
Franklin is not alone. Her boss at
Suncoast Dermatology and Skin
Surgery Center in Lecanto is gather-
ing petition signatures from other
parents who oppose the time changes.
"Many, many parents I've come
across are totally unaware of the situ-
ation," said Lisa McDonald, adminis-
trator at Suncoast Dermatology and
the parent of two Hernando
In an e-mail last week to principals,
Himmel said standardized schedules
will reduce transportation costs by
having fewer routes that are more
organized and safer. The expected
$150,000 savings, she said in an inter-
view, could be funneled back into
Himmel said she realizes the time
change may be a disruption for work-
NEW STARTING TIMES
Her e are new starting and
ending times for schools beginning
next year, according to the plan of
Superintendent of Schools Sandra
High schools: 7:40 a.m. to 2:40
Middle schools: 7:55 a.m. to
Elementary schools: 9:05 a.m. to
The school board will hear the
plan at its March 8 meeting.
ing parents. She promised that the
child care program .run by
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
will be available at all schools and
there will be no waiting lists.
About 500 children now are
enrolled in the program, WTI assis-
tant director Jimmie Bryant said.
Franklin said her son attends the
after-care program that costs about
$100 a month.
Himmel also said Friday that par-.
ents now pay $10 a week for morning
care and she is seeking ways to lower
Himmel's e-mail said that the plan
goes to the school board Tuesday for
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An associate producer with "The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has
expressed interest in adding a fresi
side of sarcasm to the
hot plate of patriotic
flag-waving served up If
weekly at Margarita
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dent Tony Fincher intervi
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call Wednesday from come (
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faxed it to her to see if she'd be inter
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red, white and blue; loses supper,'
ran in the Chronicle's Feb. 1 edition.
Fincher believes restaurant owner,
violated his civil rights after the!
kicked his group out because the!
stopped waving the flag once theii
salads came out at about 9 p.m.
Fincher voiced concerns tha
patrons shouldn't be kicked out if they
choose not to wave flags for the
restaurant's entire 7-minute 9/11 trib
ute slide show, viewed Friday and
Margarita Grill co-owner Sam
Piliouras said he and his father,
Tommy Piliouras, should be allowed
to run their business the way they
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one wouldn't want to participate in a
e patriotic activity that's become a tra-
s edition at the restaurant since the 9/11
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f everyone Central's 'The Daily
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to do the interview Fincher
and the Piliourases
ew, We'll sometime this week
if they are willing.
down and "It's kind of in pre-
some fun Smith said. "If every-
t one wants to do the
t. interview, we'll come
down and have some
npbell Snmit fun with it"
producer, "The Daily Fincher said he's
w with Jon Stewart." willing to do the inter-
view and hopes to
n hear back from Smith today or
y He's seen the show, known for it's
- humorous news deliveries, a few
times, flipping through the channels,
r though he's never watched it regular-
"I've seen (Jon Stewart) do stuff on
Bush," Fincher said. "I think he has a
little fun with it, but I guess that's why
they're on (Comedy Central,"
Neither Sam or Tommy Piliouras
could be reached for comment
But on Saturday evening, Mai%,aitai
Grill didn't appc.ar to be losing any
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Their message was simple,
"Look at me," the actors in
the Inverness Middle School
drama school repeated.
Thursday night, they per-
formed "Martin and Malcolm:
Now," for par-
ents, faculty The
and friends in
honor of Black challenj
History Month. having d
the stage into a
filled with a Metis
variety. 'of Invemes
jock, the hippie, the cheer-
leader and the brain.
Then each pupil took their
turn explaining how stereo-
types whether racial, eco-
nomical or social are detri-
mental to society.
"You think the only reason I
cheer is to be popular?" asked
actress Heather Valenti who
played the cheerleader. "What
about supporting your team?"
The drama pupils explained
through their performance
that people should be judged
based on their morals, values
"No one wants to be judged
by someone else based on their
looks," said Timekka Eatman,
who played one of the pupils.
"A man should be judged
based on the content of his
character," pupil John Graham
said, who played Martin
Luther King Jr..
i*ggest Melissa Pfeif-
e biggest fer said one of
ge was ethe challenges
e wa of the planning
diversity was getting
sa Pffer challenge was
drama teacher at having diversi-
s Middle School. having divers
She explained the minority
population at Inverness
Middle and in Citrus County is
low compared to the rest of
But regardless of race or eth-
nicity, she wanted her pupils to
do the play and get a. better
understanding of stereotypes
"I chose it because it was
something simple, but they
would really benefit," Pfeiffer
said. "It was a wonderful suc-
Agency slates meeting
The Crystal River Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday
or as soon thereafter as possi-
ble in the Crystal River Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
Office 668 N.W First Ave.
Pursuant to the provision of
Chapter 286, Florida Statutes,
Section 286.0105, if a person
decides to appeal any decision
made by the CRA with respect
to the matters considered at
this public hearing, he or she
may need a record of the pro-
Any person requiring rea-
sonable accommodation at this
meeting because of a disability.
or physical irmipairment should
contact the City of Crystal
River, City Manager's Office, at
123 N.W U.S. 19, 795-4216, at
least two days before the meet-,
The agency encourages pub-
lic attendance and participa-
tion in the form of written or
verbal comments. For more
information, call 794-0072
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Child welfare privatization partnership faces trouble
DCF cites concerns about nonprofit agency
The marriage between a nonprofit pri-
vate agency, contracted to be responsible
for abused children, and the state social
services agency is in trouble but neces-
sarily on the rocks, spokesmen for both
A spokeswoman from Kids Central
Inc. known as KCI, and the head of DCF,
the Florida Department of Children &
Families District 13, say they are work-
ing on reconciliation.
In a hastily called meeting, Kids
Central named a new interim CEO late
Wednesday afternoon, Jim Patrick, who
also heads the Children's Home Society
of Florida. Patrick, who agreed to head
the troubled nonprofit for 10 months,
replaces Janice Johnson, a longtime
District 13 executive who has stepped
down after seven months of frustration.
At stake are a $89.3 million contract
and the lives of hundreds of abused and
neglected children in the five counties
served by District 13: Citrus, Sumter,
Lake, Marion and Hernando.
DCF had plenty of complaints about
the performance of Kids Central Inc.
and its subcontractor agencies, includ-
ing The 'Children's Home Society of
Florida, the Centers (formerly Marion
Citrus Mental Health), Life Stream
Behavioral Center, The Harbor
Behavioral Health Institute and
Camelot Community Care Inc. for not
meeting their contractual obligations.
Like other nonprofits taking over state
functions in a mandated statewide surge
toward privatization of government
functions, Kids Central has recorded
frustrations about burgeoning caseloads
and limited funding in the district
DCF District 13 administrator Don
Thomas has already sent KCI board
members a "cure" letter that gives them
until March 18 to comply.
He said that he is hoping KC will get
up to speed, but in the meantime, other
similar community-based care providers
in the state have been contacted, asking
them if they would be interested in tak-
ing over from KCI.
Thomas said one concern DCF has
since KCI took over was the loss of 40 fos-
ter homes when foster homes are
already in short supply
KCI spokeswoman Sara Brady said
KCI eliminated some foster homes that
had licenses but were no longer taking
children. She said KCI is making
progress in recruiting and training new
foster care parents. She said DCF erred
for faulting KCI for "reabuses" of
already-abused children returned to
their homes. She said KCI might actual-
ly have a good record in that area.
Thomas said another complaint was
that the Children's Home Society in
Gainesville successfully arranged many
more adoptions there, than their effort
in the District 13 service area.
"They may not have been taking this
as seriously as they could have," he said.
Thomas said one area of concern is
already being turned around in the area
of finances; he said in the recent past
KCI wasn't able to pay its bills, but today,
having added staff and putting more of
an effort in bookkeeping, most of those
problems have been solved.
One sensitive issue of contention is
making required visits to all children in
foster care; Brady said board members
contend that DCF has unrealistic expec-
tations of 100 percent visitations to foster
homes in the district
"No one on the planet could do that,"
she said, saying that scheduled and
especially surprise visits don't always
find people at home.
Thomas said Tuesday that while fail-
ure to comply with the requirements of
the cure letter may result in termination
of the contract, he hopes that won't hap-
Yard sale slated
to benefit children '"
A yard sale to raise money for,
the Dollar children is scheduled
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
March 5, at the South Square
Plaza on U.S. 19, north of the
Crystal River Airport.
All proceeds will go to the
Dollar Children Trust. The
Church of Today and South
Square Plaze sponsor the
event. Tax-deductible receipts
will be available. ,
Donations, tables and volun-
teers are needed. Bring dona-
tions to Accent Beauty Salon,
928 N. Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19)...
or call 795-1040.
Republicans to host
Uncoln Day Dinner
The Citrus County Republican'
. Executive Committee will host- ,q
its 2005 Lincoln Day Dinner at6,'
p.m. Saturday at the Citrus Hills
Country Club in Hemando. the'
public is invited to purchase tick-
ets and attend the event.
The REC uses the event to
raise funds to promote the Re-
publican philosophy throughout
the county, to support party
operations like staffing a cam-
paign headquarters and support
the county's six GOP clubs.
Nancy Argenziano, Mike :
Fasano, Charles Dean, Carole :
Jean Jordan, Tom Gallagher
and Ginny Brown-Waite will
speak at the event.
For more information, call
Joey White at 427-9404.
Sign up for the spring session
of the Citrus County School
District's Little Red Schoolhouse
The academy is a four-week
interactive, hands-on, education
series in which participants leam
about district operations. Topics
include: budget, safety, student
services, testing and special
programs. There will also be
tours of the Instructional Re-
source Center, Withlacoochee
Technical Institute and the
Marine Science Station.
The training will be from 6:30
to 9 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25
at the District Services Center in,'
To sign up, call Pat Lancaster
at 726-1931, Ext. 2205.
From staff reports
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WALTER CARLSON/For the Chronicle
Jepse Watson entertains the audience Saturday at the "Grand 'Ole Opry, Citrus County Style."
This was, the 13th annual "Singing for the School" to benefit the Homosassa Elementary
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approval. Board Chairwoman
Pat Deutschman said that is
not the case because Tuesday
is a special meeting with no
She expects to see the plan
at the board's regular March 8
meeting and is encouraging
parents to voice their concerns
Even though Himmel's e-
mail said it will go to the board
for approval, Deutschman said
this is Himmel's call.
. "It's not our role and respon-
sibility to set school times," she
said. "We don't tell the buses
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come to us for a vote."
Himmel said she wants par-
ents to express their concerns,
but that the schedule is set
"We'll listen to their con-
cerns and come up with solu-
tions," she said.
Cathy DuBois, a substitute
teacher and president of the
Hernando Elementary School
PTA, said she is contacting
other PTA presidents to see if
enough interest exists for an
"If this seems like a great
majority of parents hate the
time changes, as my students'
parents seem to, maybe we can
get a committee to speak to the
school board as a united
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group," she said.
McDonald and DuBois both
suggested that high school
should start later because par-
ents have less responsibility
with teenagers in the morning
than with younger children.
Deutschman said she has
heard that suggestion before,
and it is met with fierce oppo-
sition from the high school
ranks. With many students
involved in after-school activi-
ties, such as sports, they would
be pulled from final-period
classes to participate.
"Here we have the buses and
sports dictating when kids go to
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customers from its owners' out-
spoken flag-waving policies.
Cars and trucks circled the
parking lot at 6:30 p.m. in an
attempt to find a spot
Next door, neon tape pre-
vented patrons from parking on
the front lawns of a residential
area. Several dozen people
gathered outside the entrance
waiting for a table.
And if Smith's interviews do
solidify, it will be the news pro-
gram's third visit to Citrus
County in recent years.
In August 2004, the show's
staff interviewed Inverness
officials and local folk about
the then upcoming Cooter
Festival, poking fun at the con-
troversy sparked by a newspa-
per columnist whether the fes-
tival is inappropriately named.
In December 2001, the show's
staff had a devilishly good time
interviewing the Satan-banning
mayor of Inglis, Carolyn Risher.
"I did the Cooter piece, too,"
Smith said. "I'm all over Citrus
school," she said. "It's a shame,
but those are two major things
we have to coordinate."
Still, Deutschman said she
understands that parents have
'"A lot of parents have to work
early. Would they be leaving
their kids at a bus stop? Or
would they be dropping them
off on 'our doorsteps, which
they have been doing anyway,"
"Let us understand those
problems, let's find out what
about it doesn't work and let's-
see if we can resolve that
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Citrus County Sheriff
Edward James Harris, 43, of
3314 Laureldale Drive, Tampa, was
arrested 10:50 p.m. Friday on a
active Hillsborough County warrant
for felony petit theft.
Bond was set at $2,000.
Maria Jane Hoffman, 33,1204
Siesta Terrace, Inverness, was
arrested on a warrant at 6:47 p.m.
Friday, and charged with organized
Bond was set at $2,000.
Warren Noel Starkus, 18, of
5505 Marathon Terrace, Inverness,
at 12:29 a.m. Saturday on a charge
of possession of marijuana.
Bond was set at $500.
Sonya Lee Harrell, 33, 0 P.O.
10214, Brooksville, at 2:36 a.m.
Saturday on charges of possession
of a controlled substance and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
Bond was set at $5,500.
Lanney Kostal Jr., 32, 6541
W. Cherrywood Ave., Crystal River,
at 10:39 a.m. Saturday on a charge
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Bond was set at $10,000.
James Jerome Wolfe, 54, 245
N. Robinhood Road, Inverness, at
11:05 a.m. Saturday on a charge of 't
Bond was set at $500.
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2:55 a.m. Friday on a charge of pos-
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allegations and the on-going
"I have concerns about the
children," Yerman said. "If
these people were to get out..."
Prior to the bond review,
Yerman advised the Dollars of
their rights and the charges
against them. The couple
retained private counsel.
Additional charges against
the couple are pending.
The couple exchanged whis-
pers with Vaughan after
Yerman's decision, but did not
speak to the crowd of media
reporters and photographers
in the back of the courtroom.
Law enforcement became
suspicious of the Dollars on
Jan. 21, when their 16-year-old
son was treated at Seven
Rivers Regional Medical
Center for unusual injuries to
his head and neck.
On Jan. 27, Department of
Children and Families officials
removed the Dollars' seven
non-biological children from
their home at 4984 N. Pink
Four days later, the couple
failed to show up to a DCF
hearing. On Feb. 1, the Citrus
County Sheriff's Office issued
a warrant for the Dollars'
On Feb. 4, Polk County
authorities found the Dollars'
motor home at an RV park in
the county. Later that day, two
San Juan deputies arrest the
couple in an area south of
Blanding in southeastern Utah.
On Tuesday, a private trans-
portation' company picked up
the couple from a county jail in
John Dollar and his wife Linda Dollar listen while their attorney, Charles P. Vaughn, center, talks
Sunday during their first hearing before County Judge Mark Yermen.
Monticello, Utah, beginning
their 2,200-mile journey to
They returned Saturday
night to be booked at the Citrus
County Detention Facility in
Jail spokeswoman Julia
Swart said although the couple
will have no contact with the
general population at the facil-
ity, they will be treated like any
"At this point, they will
remain in custody until they go
to their arraignment March
14," Swart said.
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after fight in jail
A man in jail on a slew of
charges, including second-
degree murder in the April 27
police chase that killed a
Florida Highway Patrol troop-
er, was arrested Sunday after a
fellow inmate said the man beat
Gregory Hamilton Platt, 32,
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detective everything went
blank during an argument with
another inmate Saturday
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The inmate told the detective
Platt was continually touching
him and other inmates inappro-
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report. The inmate also said
Platt squeezed his rear end.
The inmate said when he
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the inmate with a closed fist in
his temple area, according to
The inmate fell to the floor ',
and Platt kicked him. As a'-
result of the altercation, the'O
inmate was transported to
Citrus Memorial Hospital and"''
later to Shands Hospital in-
Gainesville for treatment
The inmate's injuries includ-
ed crushed cheekbones on the
left side of his face, a fractured'-
jaw and one or two cracked-'
ribs, according to the report
Witnesses confirmed that-'
Platt hit the other inmate. Platt;'
had abrasions on his middle
knuckle on his left hand.
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charge of aggravated battery by-<'
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ZiA MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2005
Keith Dye, 35
Keith Dye, 35, Leesburg, died
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at
An Orlando native, he was
;,born Dec. 25, 1969, to Ronald
N. and Jerry Lee (Boyd) Dye,
\nd moved to the Lake County
, .,area in 1972.
He was a truck driver.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing
He was Baptist
Survivors include his daugh-
ter, Brooke Danielle Dye of
Lady Lake; father and step-
mother, Ronald and Suzanne
,Pye of Webster; mother, Jerry
pye of Leesburg; and paternal
Grandparents, Ned and Effie
Dye of Crystal River
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
w vi'th Crematory, Inverness.
*`Floye Johns, 87
* Floye Green Johns, 87, Dun-
'ellon, died Sunday, Feb. 20,
:%.05, in Ocala.
.*ere two years ago from
nShe retired as a buyer for
.urdines of Florida.
>" She was a member of Gloria
,.Dei Lutheran Church in Davie.
She was preceded in death
by a son, William Raymond
Survivors include two sons,
Marvin Johns of Dunnellon,
and Floyd Charles Johns of
Oxnard, Calif.; one half-broth-
er, Julian Bruce Green of
Gainesville; sister, Erma Mahn
of Gainesville; half-sister, Inez
Faulk of Keystone Heights; 16
grandchildren; nine great-
grandchildren; and one great-
Roberts Funeral Home,
Rose Limmer, 85
Rose Limmer, 85, Dunnellon,
died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, in
7 Born in New York, N.Y, to
SHarry Asher and Pauline
SNewman), she move to
Siongwood three years ago
from Elmont, N.Y. She later
-,fioved to Lecanto, where she
'has lived for the past year
She liked to knit, read and
grow tomatoes in her garden.
She also enjoyed spending
time with her grandchildren
She was Jewish.
She was a member of Elmont
Jewish Center in Elmont, N.Y,
and a life member of Hadassah
and B'nai Brith.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Oscar Limmer
Survivors include four sons,
Paul Limmer of East North-
port, Long Island, N.Y,
Michael Limmer and his wife,
Elaine, of Wantagh, L.I., N.Y,
Charles Limmer and his wife,
Susan, of L.I., N.Y, and Robert
Limmer and his wife, Allison,
of Closter, N.J.; daughter,
Candy Chesler and her hus-
band, Richard, of Dunnellon;
brother, Fred Asher and his
wife, Arlene, of Oceanside, L.I.,
N.Y, sister, Shirley Castellanos
of Apopka; 11 grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; and
many nephews and nieces.
Fero Funeral Home with
Crematory, Beverly Hills.
John Malarney, 65, Hernan-
do, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2005,
in Daytona Beach.
A native of Hartford, Conn.,
he was born Dec. 18, 1939, to
James and Marian Marlarney,
and came here five years ago
He was a retired electrical
engineer for Northeast
Utilities in Connecticut.-
He was a member of St.
Dominic Catholic Church.
He especially enjoyed foot-
ball and hockey, and spending
time with his family and grand-
Survivors include his wife of
42 years,. Lucy Malarney of
Hernando; son, John James
Malarney and his wife, Denise,
of Harwinton, Conn.; two
daughters, Lisa Malarney of
Plainville, Conn., and Christine
McCormick and her husband,
Perry, of Southington, Conn.;
three brothers, James Ma-
larney and his wife, Cindy, of
Middleton, Conn., Warren Ma-
larney and his wife, Mary Ann,
of Erie, Pa., and Kevin Ma-
larney of Meriden, Conn.; three
sisters, Maureen Puglisi and
her husband, Hugo, of Port
Saint Lucie, Kathleen Sapko of
New Britain, Conn., and
Michele Malarney of Ripon,
Wis.; and three grandchildren.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
with Crematory, Inverness.
Joseph Roten, 83
Joseph Holland Roten, 83,
Floral City, died Saturday, Feb.
19, 2005, in Inverness.
14, 1922, to
Noah and Min-
came her 19
years ago from Renick, WVa.
He was a retired supervisor
for Fisher Body in Marion, Ind.
He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II.
He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife of
60 years, Emily Chafin Roten of
Floral City; son, Dick Roten of
Angela Warning of Missouri;
grandson, Roger Fellage of
Inverness; and three great-
grandchildren, Brian, Brandon
and Joshua Warning.
Hooper Funeral Homes &
Crematory, Inverness Chapel.
James Ryan, 92
James B. Ryan, 92, Homo-
sassa, died Friday, Feb. 18,
2005, in Crystal River
Born Oct. 28, 1912, in New
York, N.Y, to James and Mary
Ellen Ryan, he came here 23
years ago from Lake Carmel,
He was a graduate of Colum-
He was a retired teacher
He was a member of St.
Benedict Catholic Church in
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Mary B. Ryan.
Survivors include his son,
James B. Ryan of Lyman, Wyo.;
two step-sons, John Murphy of
Haden Lake, Ind., and Richard
Murphy of Las Vegas, Nev.;
stepdaughter, Margaret Kem-
merer of Princeton, N.J.; and
Wilder Funeral Home,
John Sheets, 83
John C. Sheets, 83, Inverness,
died Friday, Feb. 19, 2005,
under the care of his family
A native of
he was born
April 28, 1921,
and Eva Sheets and came to
this area in 1983 from
He served in the U.S. Army
Air Corps from 1940 through
1945 as a master sergeant with
the 94th Bomb Group, followed
by a 14-year period in the
reserves, having been dis-
charged as a captain.
He was also a security officer
for Fort Dietrich in Frederick,
He was a former member of
Lakeside and Seven Hills Golf
& Country Clubs.
He was a member of the
First United Methodist Church
Survivors include his wife of
59 years, Maxine Fallen Sheets
of Inverness; two daughters,
Terry Sheets of Marietta, Ga.,
Cris Sheets Aharam and her
husband, Babu, of Minne-
apolis, Minn.; sister, Louise
Bowers and her husband, Lou,
of Ocala; four grandchildren,
Nicole, Gregory, Parrish and
Shaun; and four great-grand-
children, Andrew, Connor,
Hannah and Landon.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
with Crematory, Inverness.
James B. Ryan. Funeral
Mass for James B. Ryan will be
at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22,
2005, at St Benedict Catholic
Church, Crystal River, with Fr.
Vincent Morton officiating.
Burial will follow in Fountains
Memorial Park Friends will be
received from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday at Wilder Funeral
Home, Homosassa Springs.
John C. Sheets. Funeral serv-
ices for John C. Sheets will be
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005,
from the Chas E. Davis Funeral
Home with the Rev. L.B.
Thomason, Hospice Chaplain,
officiating. Burial with military
honors will be at 10 a.m.
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States. The earliest mention of a cookie
Girl Scout sales Girl Scouts also are delivering cookies to sale found to date was that of the
S& Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla.
aset to bein Friday customers who placed advance orders in January. which baked cookies and sold'them ir
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It's the 30th anniversary of the Samoa
- have you gotten yours yet?
;Girl Scout cookie booths will begin
Friday at shopping centers, grocery
stores and other locations throughout
tlie seven-county Heart of Florida
Council. Weekend booths will run until
M1Vrch 20. Local Girl Scouts also are
delivering cookies to ,customers who
placed advance orders in January.
Each box of cookies sells for $3.
Proceeds are used to support individ-
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iThe Citrus Scottish Rite
Club conducted its monthly
meeting on Jan 21. Our next
communication is at 6 p.m.
AVtarch 18 for dinner. Bring
yAur favorite covered dish.
The meeting begins at 7.
tAt the meeting in January,
tlre ladies' covered-dish din-
n r was served at 6 p.m. The
h mecooking was, as always,
The meeting began at 7, and
after the opening program was
completed, a moment of- si-
lence and prayer was offered
as we recognized the death of
oiir secretary, Roger Wisch-
meier, 32nd degree KC.C.H.
We extend our prayers to all
te family members.
eRogers4rved the -cl ub. for. a
number of years and. was'welli
loved by all.
(Election of officers followed
wOth these results: Richard
Ajtenhof, 32nd degree, presi-
dent; David Grimshaw, 32nd
degree, first vice president;
Gorge R. Young, 32nd degree
s cretary; Ron Hatton, 32nd
degree treasurer. Ken Miller,
33rd degree, was reappointed
:The officers were installed
by Robert Peters, 33rd degree,
assisted by Robert Brown, 33rd
degree, installing. chaplain.
IRemaining business was
concluded and the president
closed the meeting with a
prayer from Ken Miller, 33rd
d gree chaplain.
'My Brothers and Ladies,
The Citrus Scottish Rite Club
exists for you and all Scottish
Rite members as a place to
come together and enjoy
brotherhood with great people
in good friendship who love
Masonry and the benefits that
S ottish Rite can bring to
ICall George R. Young, 341-
ual troop activities, programs, trips,
training and support for adult volun-
teers, the camping and equestrian pro-
grams at Camp Wildwood, and financial
assistance for needy girls.
Like other parts of the Girl Scout pro-
gram, the cookie sale is a skill-building
Girls learn real-life lessons in money
management, decision-making and goal
setting as they accept responsibility for
taking orders, handling money, tallying
sales and distributing orders.
Locally, Girl Scouts-Heart of Florida
Council reaches nearly 9,000 girls each
year in Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Lake,
Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.
Nationally, more than 3.7 million girls
and adults are members of Girl Scouts
of the U.S.A., which has served more
than 50 million girls since its inception
Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest
beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of
girl members, with mothers volunteer-
ing as technical advisers.
The sale of cookies as a way to
finance troop activities began as early
as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon
Low started Girl Scouting in the United
is nign scooi ocaiecera as a service
project in December 1917.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps
girls develop skills they will use
throughout their lives.
Through this activity, girls ages 5 to 17
learn how to work together as a team,
set goals and develop plans.
They cultivate a sense of business
ethics and public speaking, and acquire
knowledge in marketing, money man-
agement and customer service.
Through the years, the Girl Scout
Cookie Prograrm has evolved into the
nation's premier financial literacy and
entrepreneurship program for girls.
PJP II Jog-a-thon
ISABELLE WHITLEY/Special to the Chronicle
Pope John Paul II Catholic School pupils on Feb. 3 participated in a Jog-a-thon to benefit their adopted sister school in Peru, Fe
Y Alegria. All classes participated, 3-year-olds through eighth-graders. The older pupils helped the younger ones, walking with
them hand-in-hand. When the younger pupils finished, the older ones picked up their pace to jog faster and compete among each
other to see who could complete the most laps. Faculty and staff also participated in the event.
Lunch meeting for N.Y. retirees set
Special to the Chronicle
If you receive a pension from the New
York State Retirement Pension System,
you are eligible to join the Retired Public
Employees Association of New York,
which works to protect retirement and
medical benefits. Call Louise Sidock at
342-2635 for more information.
The Central Florida Chapter of RPEA
will have its semiannual luncheon meet-
ing Wednesday, March 2, at the Quality Inn
at 3612 W Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road
40) in Ocala. Registration, coffee, tea and
Danish will be available at 9:30 a.m.
A guest speaker from the Employee
Benefit Division of the New York State
Department of Civil Service will speak
about the "Empire Plan Benefit Changes."
Kevin Murray, RPEA executive director,
will provide a "Legislative Update" an
insight into the current thinking in Albany.
This is an important meeting for all
members to attend, as proposed changes
will affect everyone. Chapter officers will
be elected at this meeting.
Call Darrell Weston at 527-4449 or June
Beard at 750-3627. Luncheon reservations
must be received by June Beard by
* WHAT: Semiannual luncheon meet
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of Retired Public Employees
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* WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March
2. Reservations due Wednesday.
* WHERE: Quality inn, 3612 W. Silver
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* INFORMATION: Call Darrell Weston
at 52" 4449 or June Beard at '50
362". To learn more about RPEA,
call Louise Sidock at 342-2635
the fire at
Special to the Chronicle
to get cozy near
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Preparing for party
Special to the Chronicle
Sue Kuntz and Dottle Sieber of the Ladies of the West
Citrus Elks are shown as they prepare for their Annual
Spring Card Party and Luncheon. The doors open at 11:30
a.m. March 8, and a luscious buffet luncheon will be served
at noon. There will be plenty of great door prizes, and fresh-
ly baked goods will be on sale. The card party will be at the
West Citrus Elks Lodge on West Grover Cleveland
Boulevard in Homosassa Springs, and $10 tickets can be
purchased by calling either Sue Kuntz, 382-0868, or Dottie
Sieber, 382-4602. The public is always welcome, and as
always, proceeds go to local charities.
Church to 'sell'
1,000 pairs of shoes
The United Pentecostal
Church of Crystal River will be
giving away 1,000 pairs of new
shoes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday at Copeland Park in
Crystal River. Registration
begins at 10 a.m. At that time,
families will receive one ticket
per person listed on the registra-
tion form to be used to "buy" a
pair of shoes. The shoes have
been purchased by the church
from various Florida Kmart
stores and include men's,
women's and children's, slip-
pers, shoes and some steel-
Donations toward the cost of
the shoes are welcome, but not
required. For information, call
the Rev. Wayne Smoot at 563-
NRA class slated
Skidmore's Sports Supply in
Crystal River will offer a National
Rifle Association Firearms
Safety Class at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The class will cover handgun
knowledge and safe handling,
ammunition knowledge, shoot-
ing fundamentals, avoiding crim-
inal attack and controlling a vio-
lent confrontation between
firearms and the law.
Cost of the class is $40, and
will satisfy the gun safety re-
quirements necessary to obtain
a concealed weapon permit
from the state of Florida. The
instructor will be Larry Skidmore
To sign up or for more infor-
mation, call 795-4033 or stop by
Skidmore's Sports Supply at
999 E. State Road 44 in Crystal
River. Class size is limited, so
call to reserve your seat.
Center to offer
The Inverness Community
Center will offer a beginner's
Woodcarving Class starting at
10 a.m. Tuesday and
Wednesday. Class instructor
Pam Jones will lead all partici-
pants through basic techniques
and simple projects that will
offer a perfect outlet for the
There is a $10 fee for the
three-week session and all
materials will be provided.
Class size is limited. Call
Linda at 726-1009 for more
information, or to register.
Citrus Memorial Hospital is
hosting its landscaping series
presentation at 10 a.m.
Wednesday in the CMH
Auditorium, on the corner of
Grace Street and Osceola
Chet Olshewsky, Master
Gardner from the Citrus County
Extension Office, will speak
about "Lawns, Deciduous Fruit
Trees and Citrus."
The program is free of charge
and open to the public.
Registration is required by call-
Reserved parking for the pro-
gram will be available in the
hospital's "Q" parking lot, on the
opposite corner of Grace Street
and Osceola Avenue.
Book group to meet
in Citrus Springs
The newly organized Book
Discussion Group at the Citrus
Springs Memorial Library will
meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Join this lively group and dis-
cuss your current book or
favorite author. You will have an
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Ms. Anderson should be
careful what she wishes for.
She bemoans the "line with
untruths" that "unfortunately
was printed." She notes a pro-
vision in the box "Opinions
invited" a "stipulation that
reads "... Editors will cut
libelous material" and asks,
"Let's hold to that provision."
My reading of this box
reveals "We reserve the right
to edit letters for length, libel,
fairness and good taste."
This is a judgment on the
part of the editors, and if exer-
cised as Anderson wishes
could well result in the edit-
ing, or possibly the noninclu-
sion, of many of her letters.
Rarely do I read one of her
diatribes that I do not find to
be largely libelous, unfair,
lacking good taste, intentional-
ly misleading or largely unin-
I have a perception.
Anderson has an agenda.
F. M. Bennett
Look at own actions
There are many today, that
because their "man" lost in
the last presidential election,
they are distressed, disgusted
and depressed. Human
thoughts affect feelings, and
feelings affect behavior
Unfortunately, far too many
are supporting the forces that
would divide and crush our
great land, however unknow-
History declares that many
of the great empires of the
past crumbled from within.
May I remind everyone that
this great and beautiful coun-
try began as a Democratic
Republic. The majority of us
are against the morass of
immorality, disorder and a
lack of respect that is taking
hold of this country.
No matter how many chose
to deny it, Christians founded
this wonderful country.
Everyone is indeed entitled to
his or her own opinion, but
please do not deny the facts.
Who would have ever believed
that we would be fighting for
moral sanity in this nation at
Battle lines are being
drawn. I pray that people
everywhere will stop and
think: A nation divided against
itself shall not stand. We are
Americans, let's unite for the
common good of all people. If
the majority has spoken, who
are these dissenters that chose
to ramrod their beliefs, while
accusing the Christian com-
munity of shoving our ideals
down everybody's throat!
Hello' The majority has spo-
ken. Wake up.
I know that some will choose
to take issue with me, but all I
am saying is, stop doing what
'you accuse us of doing.
The Rev. Braulio Esquilin
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OR CHANGE OF A REGULATION
AFFECTING THE USE OF LAND,
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CHANGE
AND/OR CHANGE OF LAND USE
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) proposes to adopt or
change: A regulation affecting the use of land; the comprehensive plan; and/or the
use of land within and for the area shown on the map in this advertisement. The
overall impact of these proposals may be significant.
The BCC will review and discuss the proposed 2005 First Cycle Amendments
to the Citrus County Comprehensive Plan (Ord. No. 89-04) and Land
Development Code Atlas (Ord. No. 90-14). This is the transmittal phase of the
CPA/AA-05-01 DDS Citrus County Resource Center/VA Clinic
From Residential Mixed Use (RMU) to Public, Semi-Public Institutional (PSI) on
the Generalized Future Land Use Map and from Planned Development Residential
(PDR) to PSI with a Planned Development Overlay excluding use as a correctional
facility on the Land Development Code Atlas on approximately 31 acres, further
described as Parcel 33210, in Sections 15 and 22, Township 18 S, Range 18 E,
Citrus County. Property is located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto,
west of CR-491. Applicant is the Department of Development Services on behalf
of the Citrus County Resource Center/VA Clinic.
CPA/AA-05-02 DDS for Buckhorn Property Holdings, Inc. (A/K/A Heritage)
From Residential Mixed Use (RMU) to. Medium Density Residential (MDR) on
the Generalized Future Land Use Map and from Planned Development Residential
(PDR) to MDR on the Land Development Code Atlas on approximately 46 acres,
further described as Tract 2 and a portion of Tract 1 of LR-02-37, located in
Section 24, Township 18 S, Range 18 E, Citrus County, Florida. Property is
approximately 46 acres +/-. Property owner is Buckhorn Properties Holdings,
LLC. Applicant is the Department of Development Services on behalf of
Buckhorn Property Holdings, Inc..
CPA/OA-05-01 DDS Interchange Development Standards
To amend the text to the Traffic Circulation Element and the Future Land Use
Element to add text and policy for the establishment of Interchange Management
Areas pertaining to the Suncoast Parkway 2, and an Ordinance of Citrus County,
Florida, amending Ordinance No. 90-14, the Citrus County Land Development
Code, to adopt interchange management areas pertaining to the Suncoast Parkway
2, providing for standards to establish interchange management areas proximate to
interstate interchanges, providing standards for access management, landscape and
buffering lighting, pedestrian circulation, signage and subdivision regulations
relative to interchange management areas, providing for conflicts; severability,
codification and an effective date. Applicant is the Department of Development
Interested parties may appear at the hearing and be heard regarding the proposed,,
amendment. The BCC will hold public meetings on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 8,2005 2:00 PM
Public Hearing: Tuesday, April 12,2005 5:01 PM
Both meetings will be held in the BCC meeting room, 110 N. Apopka Ave.,
Room 100, Inverness, Florida.
All persons desiring to participate as an "expert witness" or make a "request to
intervene" pursuant to proceedings established in the Citrus County Quasi-judicial
Ordinance #2002-A18, shall provide written notice to the Department of
Development Services at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing on the
matter. Forms for "expert witness" and/or "request to intervene" may be obtained
by calling (352) 527-5239 or on-line at:
and click on "Quasi-Judicial-FAQ".
Persons are advised that any individual who might wish to appeal any decision
made at this meeting/hearing regarding any matter is hereby advised that they will
need a record of the proceedings for such purpose and that they may need to insure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record shall include the
testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based.
Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a
disability or physical impairment should contact the County Administrator's
Office, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida, 34450 (352) 341-6560. If you are
hearing or speech impaired, use the TDD telephone (352) 341-6580.
Copies of the proposed amendments will be available for inspection and/or
purchase between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in
the Department of Development Services, Citrus County Division of Community
Development, Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Suite
140, Lecanto, FL 34461.
For more information regarding the proposals discussed herein, contact the
Department of Development Services at (352) 527-5239.
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Tort reform just
another 'Faux Crisis'
M.B. Gregory's recent letter
entitled "Faux Crisis" reminds
me of one more "Faux Crisis"
that will be upcoming from the
present Administration, the
phony tort reform crisis.
We all thought that it was
hilarious that a woman sued
McDonald's for hot coffee
spilled in her lap. Upon read-
ing the record, however, you
find that McDonald's keeps
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their coffee at between 180
and 190 degrees, far hotter
than the usual temperature of
140 by most restaurateurs. A
full skin thickness burn results
from liquid at 180 degrees in
two to seven seconds.
McDonald's had more than 700
claims against it between 1990
and 1992 for the too-hot coffee.
The woman burned original-
ly asked only $20,000 cover her
extensive medical expenses.
The company refused. Her
"outrageous" award was
reduced by the courts, as are
most of the huge amounts
awarded in malpractice and
The truth is that medical
malpractice awards amount to
less than 2 percent of
America's skyrocketing health-
care expenses, according to
the Congressional Budget
Who would knowingly put
their lives in jeopardy for a
jury award? Those companies
that continue to manufacture
poor or dangerous products,
and those companies that hide
side effects of drugs are usual-
ly stopped only by a lawsuit
Their victims deserve recom-
A recent study by Public
Citizen found that corpora-
tions filed four times as many
lawsuits as everyday citizens.
In addition, the study found
that judges sanctioned busi-
nesses and their attorneys 69
percent more than individuals
for filing frivolous law suits.
Many years ago, I saw an
original memo written in the
1930s by the Asbestos
that stated that while they
knew asbestos was harmful,
they were not going to inform
employees of that fact
Asbestos manufacturers are
on President's Bush list of cor-
porations to be protected by
The truth is that the so-
called tort reform efforts will :
benefit only one class busi-
ness, as in corporations and
insurance companies cer-
tainly not consumers.
Another day another cri-
sis. First Iraq, then Social "
Security, then tort reform.
Truth is a moral value. ,
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Charlie Brennan ........................... editor
Neale Brennan ..... promotions/community affairs
Kathle Stewart ....... advertising services director
Steve Arthur ................ Chronicle columnist
i. Mike Arnold ......................managing editor
Jim Hunter .............................senior reporter
Founby Albert M91 Curt Ebitz .......................... citizen member
Williamson Mike Moberley ..................... guest member
"You may differ with my choice, but not my right to choose."
Davld S. Arthurs publisher emeritus
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to Teen Court
O ur hats are off to Tom
Moore, who retired Jan.
31 as director of Citrus
County Teen Court.
As head of this innovative pro-
gram that serves as
a mainstay diver-
sion program for
Moore saw more
than 1,600 referrals
come through the
court during his
The court was
developed by County Judge
Mark Yerman and began June
25, 1996, as a DJJ diversion pro-
gram designed to keep offenders
out of jail. All participants are
first-time law violators who have
admitted guilt to nonviolent
crimes. They are prosecuted,by
their peers and ,sentenced, to;
community service', educational
seminars and participation on
Teen Court juries.
The success of the court is, in
part, because youths judge their
peers, which instills in them a
sense of responsibility that
adults try, but often fail, to
impress on them perhaps
because of generational differ-
ences. The fact is, young people
listen to young people.
Moore took the program from
a repeat offense recidivism rate
of 10 percent to 5 percent, per-
haps because this program
County choice | |
For that misinformed
person who thinks it is a
state and federal law
about selling alcoholic bev-
erages on Sunday: No .
such law exists. It is strict- J
ly county, and the church-
es are the ones that spon- CALL
sor the law. Hello? A._n
Watch your wallet 563-
I was shocked to see that
the Sheriff's Office made up 33 per-
cent of the county budget for 2004
and thought it would provoke a great
deal of comment in Sound Off -
maybe even an editorial but not a
peep. Thirty-three percent is for law
enforcement in Citrus County, plus
FHP and DOT, FWC and etc. Are we
well protected or under house arrest?
Now since being newly elected,
Sheriff Dawsy seems to be on a
spending binge for 2005. What is the
per capital spending in other similar-
sized counties in Florida? If the high.
school suspension for not wearing a
hat gets press, there should be room
for comment on this. I'm all for law
enforcement, but maybe some of
this money should go to the fire
department instead of another tax
on us. Watch your wallet in '05 or
you may have it picked legally.
For Sound Off: Talk about people
and neighbors doing things for
neighbors, all I can say is, what a
great neighbor we have. He offers
his help in any way and comes right
over; a person who takes his time to
help a neighbor. What a great guy.
Stop, or not?
My Sound Off is for the crossing
guard at Floral City School. There's
a stop sign in front of him, but he
focuses on emphasizing the seri-
ousness of the crimes committed
by youths through means of
rehabilitation rather than mere
Tom Moore took
on the challenge
MSUE: after serving 23
irt head years in the
down. Hartford,- Conn.,
PINION: working his way up
through the ranks to
owes become a captain.
to Tom He stepped down
)re. from the Teen Court
position after a long
and successful battle with cancer.
Others have thanked him in the
community; we add our thanks
and congratulations to Moore for
a job well done.
Citrus County Teen Court is
now in the' capable hands of
Barbara Hinkle, who has plans
to make the court more accessi-
ble for both parents and teens.
Through hoped-for grants,
Hinkle wants to set up intake
centers in several locations to
refer eligible teens to the pro-
gram. She's proposing centers be
located in areas such as Beverly
Hills and Crystal River, with
transportation available so par-
ticipants don't have to worry
about getting to court. The com-
munity needs to support this
effort, which diverts our youths
from more serious conse-
quences that can affect them for
the rest of their lives.
Saves traffic on to go
through the stop sign with-
out stopping. And when
you turn right, there's
always a cop sitting in
front of the Shamrock
restaurant. And then the
cop gives us all a ticket for
*, going through the stop
sign when the crossing
0579 guard is telling us to go
Ul7 through the stop sign.
Dying with dignity
I am so disgusted seeing the pic-
tures on TV and some newspapers of
Terri Schiavo being kissed by her
mother, I think, and Terri's mouth
hanging open. This picture has been
shown over and over again. It should
have been a private photo. It's getting
to be obnoxious. Let this poor woman
alone. I personally wish she could die
in peace. We had a girl who was brain
dead some years ago in New Jersey.
Her parents had the feeding tube
removed when it was obvious she was
not going to regain her brain func-
tions. She lived for a while afterward
and then died with dignity. Why can't
Terri? How do others feel?
I am very disappointed that
Commissioner (Jim) Fowler didn't
give any support in trying to help
CASA get a grant. Especially so
since there was no backing from the
two female commissioners. I bet if
they had asked for $50,000 for the
gopher turtles, they would have
approved it. Why not CASA a
much worthier cause? Much as I
love gopher turtles, I believe people
are needier than they are.
I'd like to know why the house
transactions, property sold isn't listed
for Inverness in the Chronicle. They
do Crystal River and Homosassa.
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Prudent to wait
In your article dated Feb. 10, ydu
stated that Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is
"fence-sitting on Social Security." The
implication is that she is either unable
to make a decision or that she is wait-
ing to see what the safest position will
be for her in order to keep her job.
In reality, waiting until the precise
details become available before
deciding what position to take is what
any responsible, intelligent and pru-
dent individual should do. As of this
date, the only thing that has been pre-
sented to the public is an idea.
President Bush, in his State of the
Union address, was very clear that
any and all suggestions would be on
the table. However, the news media is
berating Brown-Waite for not jumping
to conclusions about a program that
has yet to be defined. I for one,
applaud her for not jumping to con-
clusions based solely on emotions and
fears, or because of prodding by the
Bush stated in his speech that the
new Social Security program he envi-
sions would be very much like the
program currently available to feder-
As someone who is retired from the
federal government, and whose
retirement is based on the program
referred to by Bush, I can attest to the
fact that these changes would be a
definite improvement compared to
what is currently available. Yet, even
though I currently agree with the con-
cept being proposed, I, like Brown-
Waite, also reserve the right to wait
until the precise details are available
before deciding what position to take.
The current Social Security pro-
gram has indeed been a godsend to
millions of wage-earners. But the fact
is that although it has been a wonder-
ful program for the millions of people
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who have depended on it, it is also a
fact the federal government has more
often than not had its hand in the till.
Therefore, a program that
would be unavailable to
Congress, one that we as
individuals would have some
control over, would definitely
be an improvement, and one
that we should all support
amplifier on my car, I would not get
very far, and rightly so. 0
This letter is a response to the Feb.
13 editorial. I, too, question how this
horrible torture and abuse of these
five children could go on for so many
years. We can't change the past, but -
we need to try to stop this from hap-
pening in the future.
I don't believe the Dollars' oldest
sister should be given unsupervised
visits with her siblings. She might try
to convince the five abused children
not to testify against John and Linda
Dollar in the torture and abuse trial.
Until the trial is over, the visits should
This case to me is horrible, but
doesn't seem to get the same media
coverage that Scott Peterson or
Michael Jackson receive, and this
case seems every bit as horrible to
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Keep it quiet
I agree! It is about time the people
take a stand against noise. I cannot
understand our elected officials not
getting involved years ago. We make
the airlines spend billions to make
their aircraft quieter, and we allow
the Harley-Davidson folks to spend
billions to amplify the exhaust on
their motorcycles? If I put an exhaust
I pray, as you suggested,
that these children never '
have to suffer again and that
John and Linda Dollar
receive the justice they
Well, well. So our county commis-
sioners passed a mandatory bicycle
helmet law on the request of some 10-
and 11-year-old kids. I guess that
shows you the mental age of our com-
missioners. No wonder they call this
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