Don't patronize sign law violators
I read the recent letter regarding the clutter of signs along the roads on the county easements. Code enforcement has run stings where they call and arrange to meet people that have placed signs offering estimates on services, and then ticketed them for the violation. Manatee County has a $150-per-sign ticket.
I don't know what Hernando County charges, but I'm sure that not only the Code Enforcement payroll would be quickly recovered but the excess of funds could go toward any number of county projects by ticketing violators.
People know that they are breaking the law. The point is we can call and find out who the people are. Don't patronize them, encourage our neighbors not to patronize them, remove the signs and put notices in your neighborhood newsletters exposing the violators and suggesting people don't use their services.
The signs are ugly and unsafe. Encourage our county leaders to enforce the laws and be pro-active in not using these companies.
Larry Franklin, Spring Hill
Tobacco users share the blame
After reading how smokers are suing tobacco companies, I have decided to see if I can sue Black & Decker. Many years ago I started hitting myself on the head with one of their hammers. It was just lightly at first, it didn't do much damage and of course there was no warning that with repeated use it might cause brain damage, broken bones, blindness, etc.
Did this really happen? Of course not, but it is just as inane for people who have used tobacco products for years to try and blame their maladies on anyone but themselves. Sometimes you just have to take responsibility for your own actions.
Carol Vigneault, Spring Hill
This country isn't what it used to be
I am old and I cry for my country as I would after losing a life-long friend. I mourn what she has become.
Where are the people from all over the world that made her what she was? Where are the people who wanted to speak the same language, share their experiences and contribute their energies and talents to making her great?
Where are the politicians, religious leaders, educators and community leaders who thought and acted with the idea that America and her future first and foremost instead of personal gain and recognition? Greed is the new word for self-improvement.
Where is the trust there was in a handshake or a person's word? The pride of a job well done? Sure there have always been some who looked for that shortcut, but now it is a growing cancer.
Where is a justice system without plea bargains and other arrangements, where the rights of the victims, not just the criminals, are part of the answers? Fear is a deterrent to the criminal. A free life is not.
Where has pure entertainment gone? Today, unless terrible violence, immoral acts and abominable language is used, it is considered simplistic.
Where has conversation gone? The English language consists of hundreds of thousands of words. Where is the sign that says "four-letter words only?''
Where is the respect the rest of the world felt for this country as a world power and as a compassionate and humane leader in international affairs?
Where has the love of country gone, the pride in her vastness and beauty? The pride in her flag? The pride in her always abundant willingness to help wherever help is needed? The pride in simply being an American?
We were always known as a God-fearing people and felt that God was on our side. Has God now abandoned us since so many of us have removed him from our lives and even our schools?
Change is good, change is necessary, but must it be a downward spiral? Let us look up, aim higher and rediscover our country.
Miriam Frey, Spring Hill