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Letters to the editor, Dec. 19 Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 09:44 PM

Let's focus

Enough. The election is over and readers are still indicating their dislike over the outcome. Enough.

If you want to be an armchair politician, focus your attention on our own issues, like Progress Energy-Duke collecting our money for a nuclear plant that will probably never be built. Or on the electric information signs that went up along U.S. 19 in Holiday, which cost a fortune but are useless.

Focus your attention on our vets coming home to nothing, and our homeless. Focus your attentions to the money wasted by our state and counties on things that are not important. Focus on our Florida Public Service Commission, which views everything from the standpoint of business, not the public.

Focus your attention on bullying in our schools and the killings in our neighborhoods. Focus your attention on the quality of life in our communities.

You do not impress anyone speaking out about our president. Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has been or will be perfect, so there will always be issues. But at this point in time, we've all had enough bashing so enough.

Ken Tucker

New Port Richey

Spread the risk

We average homeowners are being priced out of our homes by the already burdensome rates of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Also, the cost of homeowner's coverage is a barrier for many would-be home buyers, depressing home values.

State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, one of few voices speaking for us in the State Legislature, has warned that again next session there will be a push to remove the 10 percent cap on annual Citizens rate increases.

I feel betrayed. When we bought our home 15 years ago, our insurance bill was $750. Now it's $2,744 and will increase at least 10 percent a year. More than half of that is optional sinkhole insurance, but it would be foolish not to carry this coverage in this sinkhole-prone area. Sinkhole repair often costs more than $100,000.

Insurance originated from the idea of spreading risk. Now insurance companies narrow that risk. Let's spread risk to minimize insurance rates instead of maximizing rates.

Homeowners, please let your legislators know how you feel, and remember how they respond when it's time to vote again.

Lawrence Gareau