Subject: Deputy disciplined over call Dec. 22
Officer may pay price for doing right thing
Why is it such a surprise that law enforcement expects professional courtesy? It happens more times in a day than the average citizen would know about.
Innocent people have gone to jail to save another deputy, relative or friend from a just punishment.
This good officer Jorge Alameda may pay a heavy price from other law enforcement agents for doing the ethical thing.
Frances Hoelper, Largo
Red light cameras
Anything to stop red light runners
Recently I was crossing 22nd Avenue N in the crosswalk toward Tyrone Mall with a car on my right, both of us with the green light, when a car came speeding down 22nd Avenue some 10 seconds after the light turned red for him. He just missed hitting the car on my right by inches because the driver braked immediately. A collision would have killed or injured both drivers and other vehicles in the intersection, including me in the crosswalk.
Drivers who run red lights violate the law and place the rest of us in danger. The red light cameras purchased by the city of St. Pete will save lives and help out the budget in our tough times.
John Royse, St. Petersburg
If you don't want a ticket, don't run a light
The case against red light cameras seems to be that they are primarily revenue generators. Even if that were so, I would still approve of them as that most wonderful of all taxes, one that is voluntary. If you don't wish to contribute, don't run red lights.
Richard P. Flatau, Seminole
When a small gesture means the world
Early one recent Thursday, I heard the garbage truck arriving on its morning rounds. On impulse, I hurried outside and waited till it arrived in front of my house. The driver had to get out of the truck to straighten the container; I called to him, went over and handed him a small bill and said, "Merry Christmas."
He replied with a smile, "Why, thank you, sir, and God bless you!"
With a firm handshake and a smile, he went on his way, not knowing he had made me feel like a king. My heart was full and my eyes teary from that simple gesture. What a gentleman!
Don Borland, Clearwater