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City of Brooksville makes recycling easy

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Kudos to the Brooksville City Council for making it so easy to recycle. We never minded separating the recyclables because we always felt we were keeping the land greener for future generations. But the new system is so much handier there really is no excuse for people not to recycle.

With free bags and recycling so easy, maybe we could pick up garbage just one time per week instead of twice. Think of all the landfill space that would save.

Keep sending the notices along with the water bill. My wish is that someday recycling will be mandatory.

Jan Kalnbach, Brooksville

Shooting spotlights policies Nov. 4, article

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The officers need more training and definitely more compassion.

A good model to follow would be the same as Lee County. They have specific officers who are crisis intervention team (CIT) trained.

I have a relative with schizophrenia who lived in Lee County. She was on a first name basis with CIT officers who were protecting her. After all, is it not in the oath, to protect and serve?

Please have the Hernando County deputies take a look at the Lee County model of protection of the mentally ill.

Susan Phillips, Weeki Wachee

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I have had the privilege of serving the residents of Hernando County for the past 10 years as a member of the Florida Senate. Thank you for allowing me to be your voice in Tallahassee. During the past decade I have met some of the finest people I will ever know. It has been an honor and a pleasure representing the various communities that make up Hernando County.

Now that I will be moving back to the Florida House of Representatives my district will be reduced to one that is solely contained within Pasco County. Even though I will no longer be your elected official, I know that I leave you in the good hands of the state representative and state senator that now will be your advocate in the Capitol.

Please know that even though you no longer live in my district I am still available to serve you if needed. I will continue to maintain my toll-free number (800-948-5885), which is for constituents to use when calling from outside the (727) area code. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you ever need my help. May God bless each and every one of you.

Rep.-elect Mike Fasano, New Port Richey

Shedding light on Alzheimer's

November is national Alzheimer's disease month. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will participate in national candle lighting day. It is a good time for us to stop for a minute and consider the impact of the disease on Alzheimer's patients and the implications for the future.

Currently, this terrible disease is affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. It affects 1 in 10 people at age 65 and half of the people at age 85. With the advancing baby boomers, experts predict that up to 16 million people will be affected by the year 2030. Those who are or have been caregivers of an Alzheimer's disease patient know the tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain that is involved.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local organization that offers a number of services and programs to help families dealing with the many responsibilities of caregiving for an Alzheimer's disease or dementia patient. Memory loss is the first indicator that a person may have a problem, possibly the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

It is very important to get a diagnosis early. This allows valuable time for the patient and family to make unhurried decisions on medical treatment and address important financial concerns.

On Nov. 13, we offer free memory screenings to anyone who feels he or she may be experiencing memory loss. For information, contact our main office at (727) 848-8888 or toll free at 1-888-496-8004.

Dominick DePetrillo, executive director, Alzheimer's Family Organization

City of Brooksville makes recycling easy 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 4:10pm]
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