DOT offers solutions for traffic issues | March 16, article
Make Leisure Beach entry safer
As a resident of Leisure Beach I want to thank Bridget Hall Grumet for bringing attention to our unsafe and difficult situation.
Ironically, on the same day there was a story about a man in a wheelchair who was hit by a truck and killed on U.S. 19 right outside Leisure Beach. Just about two weeks ago another person crossing U.S. 19 by Leisure Beach also was struck by a car and killed.
There have been too many accidents to keep track of and constant near misses. Commissioner Jack Mariano has tried to advocate for us with the Florida Department of Transportation and maybe someone finally sees the lunacy of the traffic situation.
However, the Beacon Woods neighborhood yields power over the situation. Until rational minds prevail, we would like the turn from U.S. 19 into Leisure Beach be for left-turns only, and the U-turns should be stopped.
We would love to see a traffic light at our intersection for the safety of pedestrians as well as drivers, but until such time, we would dearly love our intersection to no longer allow U-turns.
Sadly, this was not one of the options offered by the DOT. It would be a shame if the department elects to wait until there is more blood on the road.
Terry Gedan, Hudson
Weatherford will harm uninsured
How does Rep. Will Weatherford sleep at night? I am embarrassed that he is representing constituents in my county. When I think of his stance of not accepting the Medicaid expansion from the federal government, the words inhumane, heartless, snobbery, and little foresight come to mind.
Doesn't he realize the need for this expansion in his own county? Has he done a poll on the number of uninsured minimum-wage workers here? The recession has hit our county hard and so many of our citizens have had to settle for minimum wage jobs that do not provide insurance because they are just under full time. It is easier to not work at all and qualify for Medicaid. Why does he want to penalize those who want to work and contribute?
Doesn't he care that his insured constituents shoulder the costs of the uninsured that show up in emergency rooms, many times too late to be treated effectively?
He needs to remember that his constituents put him in office, not the Republican Party or the insurance companies. I urge Pasco County voters to remember who cared about their welfare in the next election.
Beverly McKinney, New Port Richey
Gas tax is bad idea for financing
I ask that the Pasco County commissioners re-examine their proposed gas tax increase.
With our current economic conditions, such a tax will only drive Pasco County residents to buy their gasoline in neighboring counties such as Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando. I am less than 5 miles from six different Pinellas County gas stations that I expect will be saving me money to buy my gas in their county.
There are better financing tools available to the commissioners if they would only take the time to arrive at a better solution such as user fees of various county services.
The commissioners should take a lesson from those Pinellas County commissioners who removed fluoride from Pinellas County water. Those commissioners weren't re-elected. If this tax is passed, I would personally take up the challenge to identify quality candidates that would strip this tax at our next election.
Robert Conrad, Holiday
Untouched coast to be ruined
The person working to develop the SunWest property also worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. How convenient.
It is always the environment. No one cares and nothing will be done, like always. It is one of the only places left on Pasco's coast that hasn't been touched. This development will ruin more than sea grass.
Will any of the county commissioners do the right thing?
Kathleen Jones, New Port Richey
Why not regulate Internet cafes?
What will happen if our legislators ban Internet sweepstakes cafes?
Seniors who rely on these cafes as a source of local entertainment will now seek other means of entertainment. They can go to bingo establishments like church, veterans and private bingo games. They operate the same as sweepstakes games by providing game cards for a fee and paying cash to a winner.
Better still, these seniors may now purchase a bus fare for $20 to Hard Rock, travel two hours to get there and spend five hours there at what cost? Five hours at the Hard Rock will result in these same people spending hundreds of dollars as opposed to $20 or $30 for a night of entertainment.
Our seniors patronize these cafes because they are local and are usually 10 to 15 minutes from their homes. It's their form of entertainment. Regulate these cafes as you do bingo, scratch-off gambling and lottery from the state. Ban liquor in these establishments if this is a problem, although I have never seen any sold there. Or, ban whatever other violations you see fit.
These cafes should be regulated and treated like any other business. They employ people who then pay taxes. The establishment will pay taxes and they can be monitored at any time. Cafes that violate the rules would be subject to heavy fines and/or worse.
Reconsider banning and consider regulating these cafes. This is why legislators are in office — to legislate what's best for the public and not just the few special interests that are yelling foul. These are the same people who are losing bingo patrons and that's why they are opposing this, not for any other reason.
Vic Gonzalez, Spring Hill
Doctor's visit that piles on the bills
The cornerstone of our health care system has been respect for those responsible for our health and welfare; the physicians. I wonder if this respect is now in jeopardy.
I had need to consult a specialist for a recurring and troublesome ear infection. It was treated expeditiously and well, but the problem recurred after a few years and another visit to the specialist was arranged. Again the problem was treated successfully, but this time the specialist wanted me to return the next day for an audio test since he was going on vacation and wanted to be sure I was getting the correct medicine.
I returned the next day and much to my astonishment, the physician went through the standard office visit procedure of checking my temperature and vitals and he charged me the standard co-pay as on the previous days visit. I had the audio check in an adjunct of his office with another $50 co-pay for the audiologist.
My ear healed nicely so I did not go for the scheduled return visit. When the office called to remind me, I asked and was told, yes, there would be the standard co-pay and Humana would be charged for three visits. I declined.
Faith in our present health care system has been diminished as has the respect for its practitioners.
Charles Huhtanen, Port Richey
RSVP honored volunteers
I would like to express my thanks to the RSVP of West Pasco County for honoring the many volunteers at the appreciation luncheon held at the Spartan Manor. As a volunteer, it's always rewarding and a privilege to know you're making a difference in the community. And to be appreciated with kind words and a delicious luncheon makes it even more special.
Also, the entertainment performed by the jazz band from Hudson Middle School was outstanding. They were so talented and impressive. Their director, John Keon, does an awesome job of not only encouraging their musical skills but also their academic skills.
Many thanks again, RSVP, for making this special event possible.
Donna True, Port Richey