Fed up with $2 fee at parks, beaches
I find it interesting that only Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano understands how the public feels about the $2 fee to go to a county park or beach. It is a stupid regulation which does not seem to be making any money and is not enforced. What it does is keep honest citizens away from parks and beaches.
My wife and I visited Hudson Beach recently to get a breath of air. There were a total of about 15 cars in the parking lots. I saw only one green slip on a dashboard indicating that someone had paid the $2 fee. When I went to pay the fee, I found that I did not have a pencil or pen with me to indicate what date I was there. So, we left.
What some of our very wealthy commissioners do not understand or want to understand is that the parks and beaches belong to the people. That is what they think that their taxes pay for. The commissioners seem to think that the average homeowner would scream and yell about paying $2 or $3 more on his or her tax bill but would readily pay a $60 annual sticker or a $2 fee every time he or she turns around. What the heck are you thinking?
If some businesses wish to contribute additional taxes to provide for access to parks and beaches (other than a certain egg farmer who could readily afford it) thank them and let's add that to the pot. It seems to me that there is always money for the T. Rowe Prices of this world and their alleged high-paying jobs. However, when it comes to something for the whole community, there is no money.
I think the commission should smarten up and rethink the foolish parking fee system they have in place. I think that the electorate will remember these commissioners at election time.
Lewis Corvene, Hudson
Bicyclists need to follow road rules
Most Sunday mornings my husband and I take a ride, usually to Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs. We encounter many bicyclists and there seems to be a consistent disregard for the rules of the road by these same bicyclists.
Granted, I learned to ride a bike more than 55 years ago, but I was taught that if bikes and cars shared a road that traffic rules applied to both.
Running stop signs and yield signs, failing to yield and whizzing through traffic lights, riding two abreast, occurred right in front of us on Sept. 11.
Near our home in Holiday is a popular scenic route that has been written up in a number of bike and motorcycle publications. It is a very narrow road with no shoulders. When we meet large groups of bicyclists we truly try to respect their right to enjoy this route as much as we do. But it gets harder each time.
Recently, one evening before dark we met a large group of 20 or so bicyclists on this back road. We slowed down as they seemed to be all over the road in both lanes. Thinking there might have been a problem, we slowed even more, but there was no problem, they were all turning around, basically, in the middle of the road to return the way they had come. As we tried to pass them, they started to ride abreast two and three together. The road winds considerably and eventually we had space where it was possible to safely pass.
Daily, we hear of accidents involving bicyclists and cars, often with both sides pointing fingers of fault. Just because you are on a bike doesn't mean the traffic signs, rules and signals don't apply. Yes, there are bad drivers out there, too. But, if everyone made more effort to learn and follow traffic rules, our roads might be a little safer.
Linda Butler, Holiday
Few flags flew to mark this Sept. 11
I remember when our country was attacked 10 years ago! Almost every house flew our flag. On this Sept. 11, as I drove around, I saw very few flags flying.
Have we lost our love of country? We were attacked! Where is our pride, our respect for those who died? We killed that devil bin Laden. We don't forget.
Pride in being an American is our statement of love and belief in being Americans. Remember our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
Patrice Carlo, Spring Hill
Sept. 11 ceremony was truly moving
On Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I was privileged to attend, and be a participant, in the moving ceremony held at my VFW Post 10209 on Edward R. Noll Drive.
I arrived about 8 a.m. and already the lot was filled. The ceremony started at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from Lt. Nick Scunziano, followed with the Korean War Vets posting the colors. So many people participated, the Timber Tones, invocation, and guest speakers. One young lad talked about losing a brother in the World Trade Center, a retired NYFD lieutenant spoke of losing a son-in-law, a police officer who survived being at the Trade Center, and a sergeant major who was at the Pentagon.
As I sat there and listened I could not help getting choked up as these people explained what it was like to be there, and to lose a family member. I don't think there were any dry eyes in the audience.
I and Post Commander Lou Lessner had the honor of placing the wreath at the USS Cole memorial. Both of us are former Navy men. I had served on tin cans, which destroyers were fondly called when I served. This was the second year that I was chosen to perform this honorable duty. I would like to thank our Post Adjutant, Jim O'Brien, for asking me to be a participant, and also for his explanation of the MIA table.
The Young Marine honor guard along with the Springstead High School ROTC honor guard did a wonderful job lowering the flag to half mast, and our post honor guard, which I am proud to be a member of, give a 21-gun salute.
As I was leaving I ran into our Veteran's Service Officer, Deron Mikal, and he said what a great ceremony it was, and then added only New York could have put on such a ceremony. I was born in New York, but moved across the river to New Jersey at a young age, so I do consider myself a "Jersey boy." Sometimes people say that New York and New Jersey people are uncaring, and some have accused us of being rude, but when the chips are down no one comes through like the people of these two states.
Jack Joyce, Spring Hill