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Officials can only grasp SR 52's peril by driving it daily

Editor: Now hear this! State Road 52 is our main access when driving from west Pasco County to Interstate 75, and it is the most dangerous over the 12 miles from U.S. 41 to I-75. It is scary.

A tip: Be very, very careful in driving this stretch of road, completely devoid of berms and shoulders and also cracking up with the tremendous usage by heavy trucks and many vehicles.

While other roads get improved, this is in worse shape now and more heavily traveled than when we arrived here in 1979.

When I drive this stretch with my wife, it is a white knuckler during the approximate 15 minutes of driving. The many heavy trucks really cause concern for the driver due to the narrowness of the highway and the rotten condition. We feel fortunate to make it safely.

My suggestion, have U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, state Rep. Mike Fasano and concerned people in the Highway Department drive this 12 miles at least three or four times and then assess the safety for the driving public. I'm betting you'll see a change in the widening or additional lanes. Stay tuned.

Robert Maxwell, Bayonet Point

Proposal an attack on gun rights

Editor: I wish to thank Ms. Bunting for her letter of Oct. 31 in which she quotes the proposal of the Zephyrhills city government. I was not aware of the sweeping scope of the proposed gun ban. Indeed, I believe she is correct in the quoting of FS 790.33, which specifically excludes any city or municipal regulation of firearms.

Why does any employer choose to take away a person's basic right of personal self-protection? The whole idea of licensed concealed weapon carriers is to thwart the criminal element's attacks on law-abiding citizens. And attacks in parking lots are not uncommon.

As the Zephyrhills proposal is worded, it would in effect prevent all carrying of concealed weapons by city employees. I ask again, what is the agenda here?

We all know that the "bad guys" don't follow laws or regulations, only the "good guys." It is this same thing that has created the awful airplane security failures. The result is to totally disarm all legitimate travelers, crew and pilots so that any weapon a criminal can cleverly smuggle onto a plane cannot be defended against. A criminal can fashion a weapon out of almost anything, just ask any prison official. To make all passengers, crew and pilots totally defenseless is absurd.

It is apparent to me that Hayhoe, Spina and McAlvanah are outrageously attempting to impose their own personal and irrational antigun agenda on citizens who believe that each individual has a basic right and responsibility to properly defend himself/herself from serious threat, as defined by the laws and constitutions of the United States and the state of Florida.

Lee Hanson, Hudson

Banning guns not smart business

Editor: Mr. Hayhoe states, "The Buntings of Hudson have now brought their guns everywhere program to Zephyrhills."

This is not true. Our forefathers with the Bill of Rights, along with the state of Florida taking applications on Oct. 1, 1987, for a state concealed weapons license, brought firearms to Zephyrhills.

Mr. Hayhoe also states that "just about every organization in this state has legally excluded guns from company property."

I would like to know, did he go door to door across the state to ask them? Or did someone find a master list that every organization calls in to give this information to?

I have lived in Pasco for more than 16 years, and I do not see signs on doors saying no firearms are allowed, except at some pawnshops that sell guns and shooting ranges, which state "no loaded firearms allowed on your person, only on the range." This is for safety reasons, and I totally agree with that.

Many years ago the Gulf View Square mall and Wal-Mart had signs up that said no firearms were allowed, but they had to take them down. How will the jewelers get in if they are not allowed to carry a firearm with a state license. Count how many jewelers are in the mall.

We have more than 267,000 concealed weapons license holders in this state along with family members, plus we honor the other 19 states that have signed up with the program. That is more than one-third of this country. Five more states and it will be half of the United States. This is a lot of people to ban from a place trying to make sales. If I was a stockholder, I would not be happy.

Myrna Rhall, Port Richey