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Hernando letters: It's all about saving FEMA money

Re: Flooding washes away debt | March 23 story

It's about saving FEMA money

To recap, a person buys a fixer-upper house in Weeki Wachee Gardens. He fixes up the house and places it on the market for sale at $415,000. Hernando County purchases the home for $490,000. Emergency Management Department director Tom Leto stated that because of past flooding, buying the house would save the Federal Emergency Management Agency money in the long term.

Mr. Leto, my house in Hernando Beach flooded during the no-name storm of 1993. It will, guaranteed, flood again in the next storm. I am asking $460,000, but will accept $600,000. Of course, I am only doing this to save FEMA some money. Please contact me soon, before the next storm washes away the hose. I hate to see FEMA lose the savings.

Paul Kapral, Spring Hill

Re: Officials don't care about water | March 21 letter

Complaints fail

to prompt action

I agree totally with Peggy O'Connor's disgust about county politics. They don't care and won't do anything to help.

I have complained for nine years about neighbors filling in our waterways, building sheds and decks and fences on county property, all without permits. I have complained to county, state and federal officials. All they do is pass the buck and give themselves pay raises.

Code Enforcement director Frank McDowell told me to quit complaining. So, I agree with Ms. O'Connor. Fill in all you want. Build whatever you want on your property and the county's without notifying anyone. If they complain, tell them you want a pay raise and forget about it.

Teresa Dorman, Weeki Wachee

Re: Public transportation can work — just look north | March 25 guest column

Rider-friendly planning can help

I, too, believe THE Bus can work with a little customer-friendly planning.

I previously lived in a rural New York county where the rural bus system served a large area by providing feeder buses and accurate schedules for the more remote areas. Most riders could access a bus stop within a mile of their home.

I would happily use the bus, but I have to drive more than 6 miles to the nearest bus stop —another few miles and I'm where I wanted to go anyway.

Give it some thought, okay?

Wanda Bare, Brooksville

Re: Cameras bring in cash, but do they help safety?

| March 21 Andrew Skerritt column

Cameras one way to stop violators

After reading the comment made by Brooksville Mayor David Pugh, "If there is a public safety issue, we need to see the numbers to prove it" (referencing cameras at intersections), I would strongly suggest that Mr. Pugh (and anyone else who has doubts about this issue) sit at any major intersection in Spring Hill or Brooksville and "get the numbers."

I've sat waiting at a green light while watching four or five cars speed through an intersection (and you know their light was red for a while!). The intersections at Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19, Cortez Boulevard and Mariner Boulevard, Deltona Boulevard and Cortez Boulevard are just a few where the biggest offenses are committed. There are many more.

Keeping the yellow lights longer will not cause drivers to slow down and stop; today's drivers see the yellow light as a signal to speed up to get through the intersection faster. More rear-end crashes at intersections? My husband and I have each been rear-ended twice in the 14 years we've lived here, both when we were already stopped at a red light, not because we jammed on our breaks to stop for a yellow light.

In an ideal world, everyone would pay attention to all traffic signals and there would be no accidents caused by incompetent or negligent drivers. However, the reality is very few drivers obey any of the basic traffic laws today.

Tailgaters run rampant, yellow caution lights mean speed up, stop signs are just road ornaments and directionals are rarely, if ever, used.

It would be wonderful to have a deputy parked at every major intersection giving a summons to every moron who ran a red light. The reality is we don't have enough deputies to do that. They try their best by "blitzing" intersections on occasion, but that effort is only temporarily effective and I'm sure they would spend at least 10 minutes each time listening to the age-old complaint "Why aren't you out chasing real criminals instead of harassing drivers?" (For information purposes, when you run a red light and cause serious injury or death, you are the criminal!)

I'm sure the deputies and emergency workers who pick up the body parts after each of these collisions would be more than happy to "show him the numbers" and share their horror stories. I work at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill and I see the results of the brain and spinal cord injuries that occur as a result of these accidents.

Do we need to wait until a certain number of people are killed or crippled for life before we go after these aggressive drivers? Let's look at other options, one of which is installing cameras at intersections.

Loretta Pizzo, Spring Hill

Hernando letters: It's all about saving FEMA money 03/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:48am]
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