Monday, May 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Red light crashes can be serious

Traffic camera's legal test Aug. 26 article

Red light crashes can be serious

We have lived in Spring Hill over 16 years and I have commuted to Tampa the whole time. I have seen the results of many serious accidents and the most serious type of accident is the red light incident.

The citizen who fights the traffic camera must feel that the red light infraction is not serious. Well, maybe not unless the citizen was involved in a 50 mph T-bone collision with personal injury.

I suppose it would be acceptable to that citizen if we had a live police officer stationed at all major intersections to properly babysit these intersections.

My advice is to grow up and act like a responsible adult.

John Adams, Spring Hill

Congress works for us, remember

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If the Congress is ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate this behavior. If Congress is intelligent, brave and pure it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the legislature. If the next 100 years does not bring about a great nation, it will be because those who represent the businesses, the culture, and the morality of this nation did not aid in controlling the Congress."

This was written in 1881 in the book A Century of Congress by the then president of these United States, James Garfield. Was the Congress then as it is today? Did they have insider trading and yet escape punishment when caught? Did they have lobbyists paying for favors by the giving of lavish dinners, gifts. Did they have a reduced or no-interest loan rate to buy a multimillion-dollar residence? Were they taking 99 days' vacation a year and leaving in the middle of a national crisis?

Where they trying to put bills in law that would benefit them far more than it would benefit the average citizen? That behavior is what we are seeing today.

The worst part of this situation is how Congress remedies a violation of ethics, not a violation of a law. Very rarely is a member of Congress charged with breaking a law. When there is a violation, a committee is put together to determine if and when the offense took place and what penalty should by imposed. Isn't this like sending a fox to watch the henhouse?

I feel a lot like President Garfield. We as the citizens of this fine country should be demanding changes in our Congress. They should never forget that they work at our pleasure, not theirs.

Robert Russano, Brooksville


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