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Careful drivers, not traffic lights, can prevent crashes

Editor: Regarding the widening of roads in Spring Hill, mainly Mariner Boulevard, and the institution of new traffic lights at various locations:

I drive this road every day. The very expensive widening of this road will produce nothing but a driver's paradise for the speeding, tailgating, lane-changing, red-light-running, beverage-drinking, food-eating, cell-phone-yapping, road-raging jerks.

I already have noticed the increase in speed with the added lanes. After a few accidents in this area, homeowners will be clamoring for their own traffic lights, which brings me to the second issue.

A past headline announced the installation of five new traffic lights for Spring Hill. These lights are supposed to stop the crashes. Well, when stupid drivers continue to pull out into the path of oncoming traffic, just how idiot-proof can we make these intersections and connecting streets?

More lights? I don't think so.

Bill Hamilton

Spring Hill

Development ruining

Hernando's natural beauty

Editor: Re: Questions on growth that need answers, Aug. 6 letter to the editor:

Your opinion page caught my eye. My husband and I came to visit a friend in May 1998. We fell in love with this place, its beauty, the quiet feeling and the feeling of space.

We moved here in March and the feeling is still fresh and strong. I agree with the letter in the papers. We don't need more development here. Who wants to see a beautiful condominium or home? They will not even be in a race with the beauty of nature. Leave Hernando to the quiet and peaceful beauty it possesses. Nothing can compete with the beauty God creates.

We have developed and developed. What have we got? No trees and hot places to live. We run the natural habitat away. Where do they go? We then complain because we have animals in our back yards. Of course, we do; we took their home and when they invade ours we get angry.

The problem will only get worse the more we build, destroying all the natural beauty, which can never be replaced. We have a natural beauty here that's hard to find. Please don't fix something that's not broken. Please leave God's beauty for everyone to enjoy.

Pat Barco

Brooksville

Hernando-Pasco Hospice

in need of donations

Editor: Re: Hospice moves to protect its turf against newcomer, Aug. 7 letter to the editor:

I have known several families that have used Hernando-Pasco Hospice with excellent reports. Please, let's not forget that since the 1980s they have been there for us and need our donations.

Melva Wilson

Spring Hill

Smokers can boycott

smoke-free restaurants

Editor: Re: Non-smoking columnist shows little consideration of others, Aug. 1 letter to the editor:

Hurrah for Theresa Cori of Hudson! My husband and I are smokers and do not patronize non-smoking restaurants. Glad to hear someone speak out. We have rights, too!

Phyllis Carrecca

Brooksville

Motorist grateful for help

offered by young man

Editor: So much is written against teenagers and young people today that I want to say all young people should not be painted with the same brush.

On July 17, during a particularly bad thunder, lightning and torrential rain storm, I, a senior citizen, was driving east on State Road 50 toward Brooksville from U.S. 19. I had to pull off twice, the last time in the Wal-Mart parking lot, to wait for the rain to let up a bit. On returning to State Road 50 after about 10 minutes, I felt the road was very rough. But soon I realized I had a problem with a tire but was unable to pull off due to the traffic and heavy rain until I was about two miles west of the State Road 50 truck route. I found my tire in ribbons.

Upset and nervous, I was about to call AAA service when a young man waiting to turn onto State Road 50 came to my assistance and offered to change the tire. During the heavy rain, he not only changed the tire but had to leave for a while to borrow a different lug wrench. And all this while he had a carful of people. He was thoroughly drenched, but was still polite and so helpful.

In spite of the bad publicity, the many wonderful young people out there should be commended. I am only sorry I was not able to get his name, but I will be ever-thankful for his kindness.

Genevieve Kelly

Brooksville

Silent majority may have

lost battle, but not war

Editor: Re: Judge, activist receive victories, vindication, Aug. 10 opinion column by Jeff Webb:

Due to an organizational flaw, the Hernando Beach Property Owners Association has been infiltrated with business property owners during the past three months, most of them affiliated with the fishing industry, or at least in sympathy with them. On Aug. 5 they came out to support Joan Lentini, who has been actively supporting the fishermen.

The vote fell short of the two-thirds needed to remove her from the board of directors. It should be noted that votes to have her removed came from resident property owners who have been members in good standing for much longer than three months.

There is a silent majority on the beach that has been intimidated for years by the old guard led by the Lentinis and the Doyles. Under HBPOA President Cathie Sullivan's leadership, they were beginning to come forth to be counted. At the meeting, Joe Lentini's booming voice shouting in defense of his wife, Joan, sent many of them out of the building before the vote and back into the peace and safety of their homes. Due to president Sullivan's cool-headed leadership, the meeting was prevented from getting out of hand. Residents lost a battle that evening, but not the war.

Julia Jackson

Hernando Beach

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