Traffic laws are distant memory
How many of us remember when truck drivers were the best and kindest drivers on the highways? If you had car problems, they were the first to pull over and help you.
Who remembers when the traffic light turned green, you could pull out without thinking a car would go through the red light and hit you?
How many of us remember when you passed a car, you pulled back into the right-hand lane to keep the traffic moving smoothly?
How many remember when the cars would drive straight in their lanes and not all over the road because of cell phones and texting?
How many remember when cars used their directional lights to let you know when they were turning or pulling out?
How many remember when trucks had to travel 5 mph under the speed limit of cars?
Let's move on to the present. Now, the truckers drive faster than the cars and keep on your tail, even if you're in the slow lane, going the speed limit.
Look out, when you have the green light and try to pull out, you better go slow, as so many people run the red light.
Today we have more cars on the road and more lanes. But we still have drivers in the passing lanes instead of passing and pulling over. If you travel U.S. 19, you find trucks in all three lanes. This also includes the pickup trucks pulling their work trailers.
Today, courtesy is not a word on the road. It's gone!
Don't you think it's time to enforce old laws and make some new?
Earl Trongeau, Brooksville
Help for addicts too hard to find
Reading the Sept. 11 guest column by Darlene Linville brought many memories back for me.
His name was Chris. For years, family tried to find help, to no avail. It's two years now since his death and we are still struggling with it. There is isn't a day I don't see his mother cry or very depressed. It has sure done a number on this family.
Where is the help when you really need it? For all he put us through, we still love and miss him. Drugs are a real killer.
Carol Meiler, Spring Hill
New appointee is wrong choice | Sept. 16 letter
Different doesn't mean wrong
The letter writer had many points of objection to the appointment of Matt Foreman to the Hernando School Board by the governor. Mr. Foreman is "part of the good ole boy network," only 28 years old, a member of a local law firm, a Republican with no "educational teaching or administrative background'' who attended a "private religious school" then a law school affiliated with a religion. My goodness, there is no way this man should be appointed to anything, right?
Maybe he would be more qualified if he were a Democrat, 60 to 80 years old, definitely not part of a law firm, a graduate of a juvenile detention school, just released from prison and definitely a nonbeliever.
Why is it that we seem to judge anyone who thinks or believes differently from ourselves to be totally unworthy?
If Mr. Foreman fails in this position then let him be voted out, but don't condemn a person before he is given a chance. To you Mr. Foreman — my best wishes!
Lois Oliver, Brooksville
Voters must choose with care
The United States of America is divided — left, middle and right — and divided economically in two — the rich and everyone else. Because of these divides, we find confusion and apathy growing in our population day after day setting the groundwork for a perfect political and economic storm that potentially will have catastrophic results affecting everyone not seen since the Great Depression.
In war, one of the most important strategic maneuvers is to separate and divide. Are we at war, and with whom?
We have a system that is manipulated by special interests, and lobbyists who have historically controlled our political systems since Truman. Today they have invaded Washington and taken the place of our politicians. These are the men and women who are loyal not to the nation but to a minority of campaign donors and organizations seeking one thing: a return on their investments in these politicians.
Labels like liberal, conservative, right wing, left wing have manifested among our voting public and appeal to our prejudicial emotions. We have created a voting population confused and apathetic to any change that may be beneficial to progress.
A majority of our voting public is uninformed when dealing with the facts pertaining to the issues. We are voters who are too lazy to research the issues, voters who succumb to the short labels to voice their uninformed position on the issues and a tool of division. We have become a nation of complacent voters who are looking for the shortcuts, a nation of selfishness that feels that if it doesn't affect me why should I care.
Look in the mirror and ask yourself: Did I vote for the right congressman, senator, commissioner, state representative or mayor? Did I put in office candidates who are intelligent enough to recognize legislature that will benefit the people rather than a special interest or organization, a candidate who will help my neighbor instead of me if I am not in need?
We have heard about Judeo-Christian virtues by many of these political figures who propose to live by them. Are their platforms based on them? Do they separate and divide our nation instead of unifying it? The answers can be spoken only by you the voter at the polls.
Vito J. Delgorio Sr. Spring Hill
Can our democracy recover? Sept. 18 guest column
Criticism of Scott short-sighted
James Pettican's guest column started out well and I mostly agreed with his description of the state of democracy in the United States and the lack of our citizens' knowledge about it. However, the far-left leaning Mr. Pettican then began bashing our Gov. Scott, accusing him of being a neophyte governor who spent tens of millions of his own money to get elected (imagine that!) and, he's learning the job of governing while on the job.
Pettican is obviously not aware of Gov. Scott's efforts to fix the problem of lack of knowledge of Florida's citizenry, especially in our schools. He should read the opinion piece in the same day's paper entitled "Costly higher ed system not working" written by Anne D. Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an independent nonprofit organization. Neal praises Gov. Scott for taking action saying, "It's about time someone questioned the status quo."
Scott's resume shows he worked his way up from nothing to become a very successful businessman, leader of a large company that he created and he was a huge job creator. Compare these accomplishments with the leader of Mr. Pettican's party, President Barack Obama. Obama has absolutely no leadership experience whatsoever, has never run a business, never created a job, never led anything as much as a lemonade stand and has used other people's money to get elected.
Pettican also criticizes the Supreme Court for allowing corporations to contribute to political campaigns. Yet he neglects to mention unions, private and public, that have been making huge contributions to political campaigns since the beginning of time. Public unions make political contributions to the very politicians they end up bargaining with for pay and benefits, expenses that are loaded onto the backs of taxpayers. Is it any wonder why there are problems with unfunded union pension programs in this country?
This whole system is corrupt and the reason it is being dismantled throughout the country, state by state, county by county, city by city. The taxpayers can't afford it.
Frank S. Fischer, Spring Hill
Stamp design funds frivolous
It cost $425,000 to produce 200 million commemorative forever stamps featuring characters from five motion pictures. Why? Do we need all these stamp designs?
Have one standard forever design, thus saving money by eliminating stamps requiring special artwork. Use that $425,000 to help keep the U.S. Postal Service going.
Also, stop Saturday delivery. Five days a week should be enough for most of us who get more junk mail than anything else. We survive when there is a holiday and we don't get mail delivered.
Nancy Eslick, Brooksville