Honor dedicated law enforcers
May is the month to honor our law enforcement officers. These dedicated professionals are present 24 hours a day, dedicated to keeping our streets and homes safe from criminals who prowl the streets. They often must face danger, sometimes risking their own lives to help or save others.
They enjoy their work and are happiest when they can get criminals off the streets. They often must miss important family activities and holidays.
They are school resource officers, serving as role models to students, helping them to wrestle through the many problems teens face.
They are your neighbors. You see them patrolling the streets, directing traffic or tending to accident victims.
They are a source of comfort and advice, and available 24 hours a day.
Let's show them we do care about them. Pray for them. Thank them for a job well done.
Mickey Cook, founder of Committee Against Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers, Brooksville
Planned Parenthood group faults Fasano on abortion bill | May 17, story
Fasano lauded for abortion stance
I applaud state Sen. Mike Fasano for attempting to allow women in Florida to make an educated choice. It is a shame that Planned Parenthood is more interested in getting clients than in allowing women to make educated decisions, especially when a person's choice is life or death.
I wish we had more political leaders who were not afraid of special interest groups, but were more concerned with providing true choices for women in Florida.
Regina Mirabella, Hudson
Re: Does columnist like anything? and DeWitt's opinion misses the mark May 2, letters
Columnist right on housing issue
I have written Dan DeWitt several times complimenting him on his columns. It's the first thing I read in the paper. I can't see why anyone should be upset — unless the truth makes them uncomfortable.
Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden is a constant and I admire her. There's nothing uglier than a partially finished subdivision. How many of those do we have to have?
I'm sorry Commissioner Chris Kingsley changed his vote on Hickory Hill. I was present when it was said, "We should approve this. At least it will give the contractors some work."
Is that why we ruin acres and acres of land, to build houses people can't afford to buy? There are vacant houses all over the county.
Doris R. Taylor, Brooksville
Move over and I won't tailgate | May 18, letter
Tailgaters put others in danger
May I remind you that tailgating is illegal because it is dangerous? The fact that you may be running late is your problem, not mine.
Why not wake up earlier? Then you can fix your hair, put on your makeup, drink your coffee, preen in the mirror and eat your breakfast while talking on the phone, instead of doing those things while you are behind the wheel and speeding to make up for lost time.
By the way, I'm 58 and maintain the speed limit. The posted speed is what it is. It is not a suggestion.
Grant Maciorowski, Hudson
Re: What came first, blinker or turn?
First came turn, then the 'blinker'
G.B. Leatherwood, lose no more sleep!
Turn came first. Without turn there would be no need for a blinker.
Leatherwood, the term "blinker" sort of dates you. Blinker should be changed to "turn signals" (hand or directional signals).
The Automatic Guide Signal gadget advertised in the 1927 Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue seems to meet Leatherwood's criteria. "With an automatic guide signal, a light that reads their mind, drivers drive with ease of mind and utmost security because every turn of their car flashes a message to those who drive behind them. Colored lens of blue and canary actually read the driver's mind, because the driver merely turns the steering wheel the slightest degree and then, positive and sure, the automatic high-ratio switch contacts and your directional light with its arrow, charts your way to those behind.''
So said and offered, for $2.98, by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Ask silly satirical questions, get silly satirical answers. (Source, with some writer's license: The Roaring Twenties, edited by Alan Mirken, the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalogue, 1927 Edition, Page 472.)
Raeburn B. Taylor, Brooksville
Not passing a car? Then stay on right
It's rather amusing reviewing the replies from those taking the "I have the right to drive in the left lane" and "you tailgaters are dangerous" attitudes.
I suppose those signs saying "slower traffic keep right" have no meaning. I suppose the phrase "passing lane" means nothing, either.
Legally speaking, if you're doing the speed limit you have every right to be there. In the real world, you're a bigger traffic danger driving the same speed, side-by-side, with another car. Look in your rearview mirror; there are more cars stacking up behind you, creating a better chance for danger.
All because of your unwillingness to move over, as it's apparently your God-given right to be there.
If you're not passing, why not move over? It's certainly less stressful driving the speed limit in the nonpassing lanes.
While you're maintaining proper distance between you and the car in front of you, where's the car to your right? I certainly hope it's the same distance as the car in front of you. Otherwise, you're not as safe as you think.
Essentially, when you break it down, folks wouldn't tailgate and get irritated if they could get around you. They can't get around you if you are side-by-side with another car.
It appears those corresponding about this subject are fully aware what the speed is, but are ignoring other drivers — even those they are driving parallel to.
Doesn't that make you just as dangerous as the others?
Steve Davis, New Port Richey