Closed U.S. 19 access dangerous
Why did someone close the safe access to get from Sealawn Drive onto the southbound lanes of U.S. 19?
Now, you have to contend with the numerous U-turns, other traffic that comes across Olsen Road and the red light traffic from Forest Oaks Boulevard.
It's a very dangerous situation, if you ask me. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this. I think maybe a little bit more local input would have made a big difference. If you don't live here, I guess it didn't pertain to you.
Someone should look at this. It may save a few people from getting into serious wrecks or even save lives.
Lilly Hogue, Spring Hill
Sandy relief bill loaded with pork | Jan. 24, letter
Congress' delays let pork pile up
The Hurricane Sandy relief bill is loaded with pork. Yes, that is true but had the House voted on the original bill from the Senate in the previous Congress it would have had a lot less pork attached to it.
The Sandy relief bill from the Senate sat in the House for over three months in 2012. Since the House failed to vote on the legislation in 2012 which that bill had less pork or almost none.
Fast forward to the new Congress. The Congress split the bill into two parts. That gave the Senate and House plenty of time to add pork to the bill with Senate Minority leader McConnell adding the most pork. During all this time where was Rep. Rich Nugent? Nowhere to be found!
The letter writer calls that leadership? I call that malfeasance of office.
Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill
Fliers point way to vacant homes
We have a problem that needs to be addressed. Three different companies have been distributing unsolicited local fliers. There are houses in our neighborhood, empty for months, even years, that have 10 or more papers accumulating on driveways, walkways and lawns. Common sense and a little courtesy would help.
The area has many seasonal dwellings along with abandoned properties. This unsightly mess is an invitation to vandals and squatters. When the delivery person sees piles of unclaimed papers, please do not add to it.
Dan Greene, Spring Hill
Look beyond the disability
It's hard to think back to the time before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 when people with disabilities where not given a chance or to be in the community where they live.
That can still sometimes happen when what I call mainstream people think you're really not disabled when in fact you are. I was born in 1988 with cerebral palsy. Doctors told my mother and father that I would never be able to do things like walk. Well, thanks to my dad, I can walk. I am also grateful that my case is not severe enough to put me in a wheelchair.
There are times where my disability can be hard to deal with. Trying to get me to drive a car didn't happen.
But, it's not what disabled people can't do, but what we are able to overcome. That's what people need to look at the most. Look at the person not the disability.
David Philipsen, Weeki Wachee