Red-light cameras only fleece drivers | Dan DeWitt column, July 5
Don't want a fine? Don't do a crime
If you commit a criminal act — and traffic infractions are crimes (in fact, they are misdemeanors) — you pay the time or fine, period. If you fail to stop for a red light you have disobeyed the law.
Simple, sir, if you stop you don't get ticketed. If you stop on a right turn as prescribed in driving guidelines, then you won't get a ticket.
For a writer of this paper to complain about law enforcement of traffic laws is the absolute worst piece of journalism possible. I guess public intoxication or prostitution should also be ignored because a municipality is making money on the fine or maybe we should not collect building permits because they develop revenue for a municipality.
We live in a state where drivers wait at a green light because of all the people running the red lights, yet this author claims it is just a money-generating scheme. If a person does not want to pay a fine, don't do the deed, period. I personally applaud the installation of the camera and hope they install 100 more in this county. I'm tired of people running red lights and I'm sure the majority of the drivers would like to see other drivers obey the law at an intersection.
Ian Norris, Spring Hill
Running a light puts others at risk
In Hernando County if the new zero is 40, according to a Hernando County School District proposal, then a red light must mean "one more car only."
Dan DeWitt's column regarding the red-light cameras in Brooksville is just wrong, plain and simple. Many people are killed or seriously injured every year by red-light runners. If a red-light camera will stop that, or at least penalize the person, then I'm all for it.
The last time I checked, running a red light was against the law. Not stopping at a red light, or a stop sign, before making a right turn (a rolling stop) is against the law. Exceeding the speed limit is against the law.
If you don't wish to fund the city of Brooksville, the answer is simple: Don't break the law.
David Green, Spring Hill
Home fireworks burst enjoyment
Fourth of July has become a time for the law-abiding people, who do not like the backyard fireworks displays, to ignore their right to live under law and order. It is against the law to set off fireworks over others' homes yet the police cannot or will not enforce the law.
This means if enough people rob the banks and stores, then it is okay to do so since we do not have enough police to enforce our laws.
I have a dog that is sensitive to loud noises and I believe she is part of my family. I have a tar-based roof that had fireworks fall and explode on it from amateur firework enthusiasts. I don't count, under our laws, to have the right to enjoy my home on the Fourth of July.
David Cummings, Spring Hill
Get out the word on Freedom Fest
My family attended the Freedom Fest on Friday at Florida Classic Park in east Hernando County. We got there about midway through the events and within a few minutes my wife said, "Why isn't this advertised or publicized more?" That's a good question.
The event planners, including Joe Santorelli, work their buns off trying to get the word out. I know Joe. He is a wonderful guy who loves family, America and his God. Joe once shared tearfully at a meeting I attended that they would like to get more community support from Hernando businesses.
Here is what we witnessed: families having fun, kids laughing and waving light sticks and flags, parents bobbing their heads to the music and volunteer after volunteer making sure everything was in order. No one was mad, no one yelling at kids, just having a good time. They delivered a closing message about life's debt, Christianity and then a cool fireworks display followed.
The Times had little publicity about this event attended by thousands and it should be embarrassed about that. The day-after story made it sound like a community barbecue.
My family wants to tell everyone to be sure and go next year — it is America at its best. You do not have to be Christian, religious or of any ethnic group to attend; just come and have fun.
I want to thank Joe Santorelli and everyone else involved for all you do for everyone to make this a special event. And I want to challenge the Times and its columnists to help spread the word.
Brent Whitley, Brooksville
Editor's note: The St. Petersburg Times was one of the corporate sponsors of Nature Coast 2009 Freedom Fest.