Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

A dangerous lane on U.S. 19 at Enterprise Road

Dangerous lane on U.S. 19

I am writing in hope of saving injuries and even lives of the drivers and passengers traveling northbound on U.S. 19 at Enterprise Road in Clearwater.

Today I was sideswiped by a large flatbed truck in this area. The recent removal of the light at this intersection has left a dangerous lane shift to the left with lanes not clearly marked, making it quite likely that drivers will veer into the lane to their right.

The kind police officer that took my report said that this happens every day! I was not surprised and asked who is responsible for this situation. The officer said that it is the Florida Department of Transportation.

The officer mentioned that sometimes the driver in the far left lane makes the mistake of not staying in his lane and takes out all the lanes in a chain reaction.

I am not concerned about who is responsible for such dangerous road design, whether temporary or not, but I would like to see some changes such as adding a prominent warning sign and clearly marking lanes.

My 2-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son being in the back seat of my car at the time of this accident really drove home the frightening possibility of how tragic this road could be. We need to protect the safety of community members by bringing awareness to this real threat.

For now, I recommend highly that any drivers heading north before Enterprise Road either use the far left lane or exit into the right turn lane to Enterprise, even if going to Countryside Center or the mall.

Mei Tschang, Clearwater

For gun ruling, just look at Latin

Recently, a man on my street shot 12 rounds from his AR15 in our quiet neighborhood in Largo at 2:36 a.m. for no good reason.

My friends often tell me that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every individual the right to keep and bear arms. So, I did the following research:

"The words 'people' and 'person' derive from different Latin roots, the former from populum, referring to the people in the sense of the populace, the latter from persona, which in the English form person came to refer to an individual human being."—

Therefore, in Article III section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "No PERSON shall be convicted of Treason unless..." applies to each and every person in the United States.

But in the Second Amendment (even setting aside the stipulation about a "well-regulated militia"): "The right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" applies to the people as a collective (such as a standing army), not to each and every person.

Christopher Whalen, Largo


Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

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Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 18

Re: Pasco panel okays Tampa Electric solar farm after five-hour meeting | April 9 storySolar farm offers many positivesThere has been much publicity regarding the proposed TECO Mountain View solar project slated for 350 acres in East Pasco that was r...
Published: 05/14/18