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Teens texting in cars are causing accidents

Teens texting in cars cause wrecks

In the past few weeks there have been several articles about fatal car accidents in which the drivers have unexpectedly crossed the center line or the median or just driven off the road and lost control.

Also, in the past few weeks, I have personally had cars coming right for me, crossing the center line, and the driver looking up and suddenly swerving back into their own lane. I have been behind cars that are coasting from one side of the lane to the other and I can see the drivers' faces in their mirrors either looking sideways or down, not at the road.

I believe that the legislators were at one time looking into banning cell phones use by teen drivers. Cell phones are nothing compared to the number of drivers who are spending more time texting than concentrating on the road. Perhaps accident reports should contain information as to what a person or victim's cell phone was doing at the time of impact.

As more people use text messaging, I strongly fear the accident rate will climb as well. We have more than enough dangerous distractions on the road. Thanks to our newest technology, texting may be one of the most deadly inventions so far.

Linda Cassidy, Port Richey

Re: Library security guards

Include libraries in deputy patrols

In times like these, wouldn't it be prudent to have the Sheriff's Office deputies patrol the libraries every couple of hours and possibly walk in and check to see if thing are okay? They are on call for situations, why not use them?

If deputies are out to patrol certain areas, why are the libraries not included? I drive west Pasco everyday for hours at a time and I see numerous patrol cars everywhere. How long would it take for them to accomplish this task? Minutes?

Bob Clark, Port Richey

If change isn't cash, what is it?

The other day I was doing some grocery shopping and while spending a little time waiting at the checkout counter I noticed the sign on the "Change Machine." It said, "Convert all your change into cash." So maybe this is what is wrong with our country? No one recognizes the commonality of change and cash.

When I was young I learned to count using loose change to add and subtract. My parents and teachers always referred to any actual money as cash whether foldable or coins.

It's like the cartoon show with the male cows sporting udders. It has to be confusing to the youngsters of today watching but perhaps they've never seen farm animals so don't know any better? There used to be cows, bulls and steers. I still don't know why they call ground beef patties a hamburger? There used to be cash only but then they started calling it moolah too.

You don't suppose this is why the banking, credit and investment system has collapsed do you? They don't know the difference between change, cash and credit either. I think I'll Google "male cow" and see what pops up. Might it say, "See moolah?"

Doug Adams, Spring Hill

Youth patriotism is heart warming

Representing the National Association of Atomic Veterans, I had the honor of being invited to Schrader Elementary Schools veterans program on Nov. 7.

These young students are to be congratulated for their impressive song and narrative recounting history of this great United States and of our flag. The teachers did a marvelous job of educating our future adults.

The patriotism shown to the veterans past and present was heartwarming. I want to salute the students, faculty, and parents who graciously gave thanks to the veterans in attendance. It was a humbling experience.

With children like these, we need not worry about the future.

Paul Silvage, Port Richey

Mosquito district serves, protects

As the present chair and incumbent commissioner of the Pasco County Mosquito Control District, I would like to thank the 73,568 residents of Pasco who voted for me, allowing me to continue in this leadership position.

Mosquito Control District commissioner is nonpartisan and administrative. Our district is well-managed and highly regarded in the state. We are recognized as a leader in research, public education and in providing the best mosquito control services to our resident to protect public health, wildlife and the environment. I want to thank our employees who continue to demonstrate the commitment and outstanding performance that make us an industry leader.

I am proud to be associated with the professionalism and dedication of all who join me in the never-ending battle of protecting area residents from public enemy No. 1 — the mosquito.

Sandra Applefield, Port Richey

Help needed to continue dinner

The Deaf Service Bureau of West Central Florida Inc., a nonprofit organization, with the help of local business, supports families during the holiday season with an annual Thanksgiving dinner. This event helped families that may not be able to have a Thanksgiving.

Due to lack of funds and support from local companies, we had to regretfully inform the public that we would not be able to provide them with this wonderful gift this year. However, a few local business have been able to contribute a small donations but not enough to cover all that is need for this event.

If there is anyway that you may be able to help our organization with getting the word out it would be greatly appreciated.

William Labbancz

Executive assistant

Deaf Service Bureau

Park residents left in the dark

A number of us are interested in the park closing described by Camille Spencer in the Oct. 16 article Eviction threat rattles Port Richey Mobile Home Park.

Although all of the park occupants were informed when they bought or rented their unit that the park was expected to close, they have not received formal notification of the date and terms of the closing. Nor do they know whether the park owners have received the necessary permits to close the park and redevelop the property. Specifically, they know that they have six months to move or vacate their units after they receive formal notification. But they have no idea whether that notification is to be expected soon or many years in the future.

Ralph M. Sullivan, Port Richey

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Teens texting in cars are causing accidents 11/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:13pm]

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