Youth listens to seat belt advice
On Friday night as we were returning home from hearing a stimulating production of Faust, we were stopped at a light on McMullen-Booth Road. A snappy pickup was poised beside our sedate Camry waiting for the same light to change.
I looked over and saw the young lad in the passenger seat was not wearing a seat belt. I got his attention and gestured by pulling on my seat belt. He responded with a rude face and accompanying hand gestures as if to say, "Buzz off!"
Undeterred, I motioned with my seat belt again and then it happened — the ah-ha moment. He smiled, nodded and buckled his belt and made the passenger in the middle seat buckle hers!
They sped off, leaving us chugging along feeling like we had helped an old lady cross the street, only it was the other way around — the old guy may have helped the young guy.
One could only wish the young lads who perished recently could have been in that truck. Who knows?
Don Jones Jr., Safety Harbor
Help with coyote slow to arrive | story, April 8
Injured coyote was left to suffer
I am terribly saddened that another living being was left to suffer (according to Barbara Chango and her daughter) for five to seven hours. I am completely disgusted with the lame excuses of county Animal Services (short staffing, miscommunication) and their attitudes toward certain animals.
During three calls, Barbara Chango stated that there was a severely injured coyote desperately in need of help. How could this have been recorded as a case of a loose and aggressive dog? What language was used and what language was or was not understood? They obviously spoke with someone at one point who told them they were short-staffed but would try to send someone.
Then the article goes on to state that Animal Services does not normally handle injured coyotes. Why were the Changos not told this during that conversation and referred to an agency or someone who does?
Why? Let's face it, it's because it was a coyote. Our area has become so overdeveloped and so terribly overpopulated that there is no longer any respect or regard for non-human life we do not deem of value.
I commend the Changos for standing vigil over the poor animal in its terrible suffering, and I also recommend that executives of Animal Services do a housecleaning and install a staff (no matter how small) made up of individuals who can clearly understand emergency situations, communicate the correct information and show some compassion for suffering beings.
Humans are not the only ones that belong on this Earth. The human population needs to realize that we must all co-exist and care for the well-being of one another — humans, animals and plants alike.
Wanda Guy, Palm Harbor
None stopped to help cyclist
On Sunday, I was riding my bike on the Pinellas Trail with my 26-year-old daughter and wiped out. I was lying half on, half off the trail, obviously awake and alert but in distress.
At least five older (50s-plus) adults rode by, looked and didn't stop — not to ask if I was okay, not to offer assistance — nothing. Just rode on by.
I managed to get back on my bike and get home just fine. However, more than my numerous ugly injuries, I was left with a feeling of dismay about the self-serving Floridians that have taken over our beautiful state. Had I been in Central Park or on any New York City street corner, I would have been surrounded by people offering assistance.
"That's all I'm saying."
Judy Morris, Palm Harbor