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Letters to the Editor: May 20 Edition

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By The Staff

City officials need to step up and do something

I have lived in Quincy all of my life and up until a few years ago, I have loved living here. We have some very noisy neighbors that have moved in and set up a dance hall across from Kelly’s Jr. No. 9.

Every weekend this so-called music is so loud you can’t sleep. This goes on until 2:30 and 3 a.m. I have called the police every weekend. Sometimes they might come out, but most of the time they don’t.

I have talked to City Manager Jack McLean. He told me he would check into it but nothing has been done.

I am for everyone being able to work and enjoy themselves but not when you are disturbing people from sleeping and just enjoying their homes. I have lived in my home 42 years. It used to be a nice, quiet neighborhood but not anymore.

It’s a shame when people can’t sit on their porches or sleep at night because of the noise. It is too bad Quincy has gotten the name “Trash Town.” When you tell people you are from here, they look at you like you are trash. Quincy used to be a place where neighbors were neighbors, but not anymore. Everyone wonders why we can’t get good businesses to come here. Just look around. I guess we don’t want better because no one seems to care anymore.

Sarah Durham

Quincy

Do your part for the community: complete the census

The 2010 Census is in full swing and even if you haven’t mailed in your census form, there’s still time to ensure that our community counts.  

Households that haven’t yet participated in the 2010 Census will receive a visit from a census enumerator.  These census workers are from our community and will ask you the same questions that are on the 2010 Census questionnaire.  The visit should take no more than 10 minutes and your participation will benefit our community for a decade.  Don’t worry about the confidentiality of your information; it is protected by law and no one, not even the president, has access to it.  

It’s important to be counted on the census, because census numbers at least partially determine the amount of funding our community gets for everything from healthcare services to school programs, roads and bridges to federal disaster relief programs.  It also determines our representation in Congress.

Rural counties like ours have been historically under-represented in the census.  In 2000, Florida’s 32 rural counties had an average response rate of only 52 percent.  That means nearly half of the state’s rural county residents weren’t counted.  We can do better. Open your door to the clearly-identified census taker.  A few minutes is all it takes to make sure our community counts.

Go online at sunshinecensus2010.com or 2010census.gov for more information.

Antonio Jefferson

City Manager, city of Gretna