School uniforms would be best
I am tired of reading about mothers who want their children to "express themselves" by their manner of dress at school. There are so many other ways individuals can express themselves that are more positive and constructive in nature, such as creating visual arts, creative writing, actively participating in music and volunteering in the community, to name a few.
I invite those mothers to visit any high school, where they, too, would see the ways many students dress: blouses cut so low with exposed cleavage that is quite embarrassing; belly buttons and thong-draped hips exposed to all; and boys with such low-riding pants one wonders how they can even walk, let alone hold their heads high when underwear is exposed to the buttocks. It appears as if some students believe the schools are holding music video auditions on a daily basis.
Yes, every school has a dress code that administrators, teachers and other staff try to enforce; however, the main focus of all these professionals is educating young people, not serving as the fashion police.
As is evident, I am fully in favor of school uniforms. It would make everyone's job easier, and the school staff could more effectively use their time and energy to educate young people. It is not a school's job to teach students how to express themselves by way of fashion; it is a school's job to teach them how to express themselves through the oral and written word.
It is not an unreasonable expectation that students come to school dressed appropriately, and uniforms would ensure they do.
Let's streamline government
Ongoing widespread staff wrongdoings and wrangling at Hernando County government suggest it is a well-endowed social club interrupted occasionally by work. Generously compensated people are paid by overtaxed citizens to be members of it.
Needed are concentration on the job, merging or ousting of some departments, elimination of unnecessary jobs and tasks, as well as simplification of work methods. Staff, including department heads and coordinators, thereby could be downsized to two-thirds.
Work space so released would be available to the judiciary, thus saving millions of dollars for a new building. Finally, less equipment would be needed, such as cars and trucks for family shopping.
James A. Willan, Brooksville
Re: Left-lane drivers
Solution simple: Just move over
I've always been taught the left lane is basically a passing lane, or for making a left turn, where legal. In fact, several states have adopted the left-lane-only passing law.
Are drivers aware that in most all instances passing on the right is illegal in Florida? That means passing using the left lane is the proper procedure. Also merely going the posted speed limit is not a valid reason for driving continually in the left lane. It could disrupt the natural flow of traffic, and whose speedometer is the standard for all the rest of us to follow?
No one likes to be tailgated. However, there are occasionally valid reasons for an individual wanting to pass even if it does require slightly exceeding the speed limit. The person passing could be a doctor on his way to an emergency surgery, a firefighter responding to a fire, or a person who is simply in an emergency situation.
Refusing to budge from the left lane is just as dangerous as excessive speeding. Like it or not, it creates a chain reaction of bad driving by which other foolish people then take risks in attempting to get around.
I say keep to the right unless passing or turning left, and don't presume to know everyone's motive for wanting to pass you.
New Port Richey
Re: First came the turn, then the blinker | May 23 letter
Three reasons to like turn signals
First, my thanks to letter writer Raeburn B. Taylor of Brooksville for helping me get some sleep. I knew there would be someone out there who could help!
Unfortunately, I didn't have a copy of the 1927 Sears, Roebuck catalog handy or I might have found the answer to my question about signaling devices. Actually, even though I am of, shall we say, an older generation, I didn't call them "blinkers." I just said I saw blinking lights on the vehicle ahead of me. No matter. Blinkers, turn signals, turn indicators, whatever. At least Taylor appreciated my feeble attempt at satire and responded with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Next, with some further research, I did find some interesting things to pass along to all eager to learn about such things.
I learned that all vehicles now come standard with turn indicators. You don't have to order them from the Sears catalog and, best of all, they're free! Although, one recent letter writer opined that new car manufacturers have substituted cell phones for turn signals, but that may take more research from Raeburn.
Then I discovered that it takes very little effort to activate them. Just a tiny flick of one finger will set the little buggers to flashing. That is, of course, unless the driver is too fatigued from eating, drinking his/her coffee, or other worthwhile pursuits.
But here's the kicker: Florida Statute 316.155 reads: "A turn signal is required when changing lanes, overtaking a vehicle, or turning the vehicle right or left from the roadway." Whoa! In Florida, use of turn signals is required — not just suggested or recommended!
So, there you have it. Turn signals come free with our vehicles, they take very little effort to activate and their use is even required by law.
Now perhaps we can turn our attention to other pressing matters, such as the plight of the polar bear, whether or not Sen. Barack Obama should wear a flag lapel pin, or if we should be allowed to display certain parts of a bull's anatomy on our vehicles.
G. B. Leatherwood,