Dead-end on Kinnan attracts mischief | article, July 24
Open road to ease congestion
I have the solution, and it's absolutely FREE!!! Did I get your attention? Now call me crazy because this is such a far-fetched idea, but ... how about OPENING THE ROAD!
Isn't that why it was built in the first place? That will solve the criminal mischief problem at the roadblock and, more importantly, we need more than one thoroughfare (Bruce B. Downs Boulevard) through New Tampa. With the Bruce B. Downs widening construction project coming up and the slowdowns it will create, IT'S TIME!!"
It is simply unreasonable that one neighborhood can influence traffic flow through an entire community with the "not in my neighborhood" attitude, at the expense of every other neighborhood that the road would help serve. Ironically, it sounds like they want the road, too, they just don't want anyone else to use it! (i.e. their $12,000 gate that keeps getting vandalized.)
This seems to be the same case with the road that was planned but never built to extend Cross Creek Boulevard westbound from Bruce B. Downs to I-275, thus creating another route to the west side than the dreaded Bruce B Downs to Bearss Avenue bottleneck that we now contend with.
New Tampa is getting more dense and Bruce B. Downs continues to be the only way to get through it. Sadly, the only solution so far is to make it wider.
It's time to construct more east/west and north/south thoroughfares through the area to ease the unbearable traffic and to make New Tampa the great place that we expected when we all moved here.
Ironically, Kinnan Road is a north/south road that is ALREADY COMPLETE!
Now simply open it to ease the congestion through New Tampa and to end the drag racing and criminal mischief that now occurs because it's closed.
Steve Ross, Tampa
Bomb scared | article, July 24
Bringing to light nuclear testing
I am writing to thank you for bringing to light the nuclear testings on the Bikini Islands so many years ago. Many young people today don't know anything about those tests.
My dad, Charles Cummings, was a young sailor on one of those ships. I grew up looking at the tiny black and white photos of those ominous mushroom clouds. My dad told stories of how the sailors were told to avert their eyes, and then look at the clouds. He was checked with a Geiger counter and then sent to the showers. Years later, my dad fought a bad case of skin cancer on his back.
I always thought that the cancer was caused by the radiation. The cancer was so large, and in a spot on the back that is hard to reach when you are showering.
To this day, my aunt talks about when my dad came home from this voyage. He couldn't sit still and constantly complained of being hot. He paced around in their Brooklyn apartment, wearing nothing but his boxer shorts. This was very strange behavior for my dad , since he grew up in a household of women, and was always clothed in front of his mother and younger sisters. My dad always said that he felt as if he was glowing.
In 1998 my uncle Bob Johnson, a career Navy man sent us an article from a VFW magazine about the nuclear testing and how many veterans were experiencing extreme health issues, so many years later. I don't think anything has ever come of it, and I am sure that many of these sailors are now dead. Sadly, my dad died in 2001.
He was proud of his service to his country and is buried in the National Cemetery in Bushnell. He made me promise that his tombstone would read WWII and Korea. He fought in both wars. The black and white photos are in a suitcase in my closet.
So again, I would like to thank your for writing such an interesting article about Cpl. Jim Bruss and for jogging people's memories about the Bikini Islands. It frightens me to think that the government used its own men for such testing, and it saddens me that many people don't know anything about it.
Nora Cummings, Lutz
Head hunter finds lucrative calling | article, July 17
Hatched lice are problem, not nits
I would like to offer clarification on certain aspects presented in the nitpicking article. Perhaps most important is that the presence of nits do not necessarily signify current head lice infestation. The nits (egg casings) are initially deposited about one-eighth of an inch from the scalp. Within about a week, the insect has hatched from the nit and only the casing is left. The empty nit casings will remain on the hair shaft as it grows, and combing them out is simply removing material that is no longer infective. The "no nit" policy has never been shown to be effective in reducing head lice transmission and is not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Treatment should be directed toward the killing of the "hatched" head lice. Current over-the-counter medications may not always be effective, but there are other treatments available that will eradicate the lice. While there are low risks for potential side effects with these medications, only the killing of hatched lice will eliminate the infestation. Nit picking is primarily a cosmetic procedure: children should not be quarantined or isolated simply because they have nits.
Parents should contact their child's physician for complete professional advice.
Charles Welborn, medical director, After Hours Pediatrics, Urgent Care