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."— worldwidewords.com
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