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Readers react to red-light cameras and gas prices

Red-light breach hard to believe

I am now more than certain that I was victimized in a scheme to fill the coffers of the city of New Port Richey by its red-light camera operation.

I am 83 years old and I have been driving for at least since I was 20 years old and have not received a citation of any kind in probably the last 50 years. When I received a citation in the mail, I said to my wife I don't believe I went through a red light, but after seeing the picture I had to believe.

Now seeing a Jan. 15 column in the Pasco Times I can understand how the camera picked me up as the timing is probably off. I would appreciate it if the city would take another look at this particular intersection timing so as not to deceive other drivers in the interest of making money.

I do believe in the program of safety but I believe this operation is not about safety but it is about the vendor and the city of New Port Richey taking the opportunity to collect a fine on the unsuspecting drivers.

Furthermore, they should do the right thing and return the so-called fine of $158, which I think is outrageous for a first infraction of the law.

Aaron Weinberg, Trinity

As gas prices rise, consider boycott

I'm 61 and when I see the way gas prices are going I think it is ridiculous.

When I started driving in 1967, gasoline was about 32 cents a gallon. Now with gas fast approaching $4 a gallon I'm thinking this is nothing but a big rip-off. Each year the oil companies generate more profit than most other big companies. Maybe if the government didn't take in so many taxes, they'd do something.

A boycott is something we should have been doing for a long time, but many people don't want to do anything that could interrupt their way of life. As long as we have people who just go ahead and pay whatever for whatever — without even looking at prices — we all will be affected.

Believe it or not, some of us have to do without because of the actions or lack thereof by people who don't mind over-paying for everything from food to clothes to gasoline. As long as some don't think about what they're doing, things will not change.

Boycott. Maybe when we watch prices come down on everything, it will bring a collective smile to all our faces and we all can have the last laugh.

Michael T. Lemen, New Port Richey

Right to picket, but not to deceive

Being this is the United States of America and we all have free speech, picketing is one's right to express oneself. I find it offensive when someone dresses as a medical professional and stands on the side of the road picketing for something that has nothing to do with being a physician, nurse, radiology tech or lab tech.

I am a registered nurse and proud of it. I work with an awesome group of professionals that act as such. If you, as union iron and steel workers, are picketing Oak Hill Hospital because it is not using union workers, that is your choice, but donning a lab coat and looking like a medical professional is not your right.

I saw this when I was leaving the facility the other day, and it is appalling. You want to protest, then wear your own uniform or work clothes. Do you have to wear that of a medical professional to get attention? If that is so, then your plight is a sad one.

You have the right to picket and protest, as that is what this county is about, freedom of speech. It does not give you the right to portray yourself as something you are not.

I will continue to explain this to my patients and let them know that this in no way affects their medical care from those that work at Oak Hill Hospital.

Antionette Jordan, Hudson

Gift to sanitation crew goes astray

A belated Merry Christmas to all of the sanitation workers who supposedly did not receive a Christmas gift from their customers. Needless to say, this letter is because mine fall into this category.

Not too many years ago I was able to attach their gift to the refuse container and, as a thank you, they would bring the trash can back up to my house instead of leaving it on the sidewalk. Now, because of a few unscrupulous people, this is no longer possible.

Therefore one has no choice but to do one of two things: Either be outside to hand them their gift before the crack of dawn (I am retired and no longer feel I need to punish myself in this manner) or mail it to the sanitation company, which is precisely what I did. I mailed it to the local address to the attention of the names of the two gentlemen.

Now, it is over a month later and the two checks I wrote for these two very competent, hard workers have not been cashed because they apparently are nowhere to be found. I called three times and inquired as to why they obviously were not delivered to these two men, one of whom now has been reassigned to Hernando County. I get no answer regarding this matter.

Clearly, steps need to be taken by the company so this situation does not arise in the future.

Jean DeBilzan, Bayonet Point

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Readers react to red-light cameras and gas prices 02/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:29pm]

    

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